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as in: contrast their writing styles Define
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
  • Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
  • Contrast typical underlying beliefs of pro-life and pro-choice supporters.

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  • The author uses the characters to contrast the pressures felt by someone who spends everything earned and someone who saves money each month.
  • But, it was only the pleasanter to turn to Biddy and to Joe, whose great forbearance shone more brightly than before, if that could be, contrasted with this brazen pretender.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • ...he had thought that up to make me understand he wasn’t afraid of Radleys in any shape or form, to contrast his own fearless heroism with my cowardice.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He was received by Mrs. Bennet with a degree of civility which made her two daughters ashamed, especially when contrasted with the cold and ceremonious politeness of her curtsey and address to his friend.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Forms of Political Government Compared and Contrasted
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • And Maximilian was patient, and employed himself in mentally contrasting the two girls,—one fair, with soft languishing eyes, a figure gracefully bending like a weeping willow; the other a brunette, with a fierce and haughty expression, and as straight as a poplar.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • At school, she once nearly got them in trouble, when her history teacher assigned the class to write a paper contrasting the views of Demosthenes and Locke as expressed in two of their early columns.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Our business is not to contrast the two, but to reconcile them.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End

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  • All these horrors afflicted Jurgis all the more cruelly, because he was always contrasting them with the opportunities he had lost.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Contrasted with his neck and jowls, the rest of his body was unnaturally thin.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Two were dark, and had high aquiline noses, like the Count, and great dark, piercing eyes, that seemed to be almost red when contrasted with the pale yellow moon.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "Neither sleet nor rain nor a half inch of snow will compel me to dress like a lumberjack."
    "Hey, my relatives were lumberjacks," Mom warns. "No making fun of the white-trash woodsmen."
    "Wouldn’t dream of it," Dad replies. "Just making stylistic contrasts."
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • I am no longer comparing the Anglo-American States to foreign nations; but I am contrasting them with each other, and endeavoring to discover why they are so unlike.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Had there been a Papist among the crowd of Puritans, he might have seen in this beautiful woman, so picturesque in her attire and mien, and with the infant at her bosom, an object to remind him of the image of Divine Maternity, which so many illustrious painters have vied with one another to represent; something which should remind him, indeed, but only by contrast, of that sacred image of sinless motherhood, whose infant was to redeem the world.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The colonel was more than a head taller than the chaplain and over twice as broad, and his swollen, overbearing authority made the chaplain feel frail and sickly by contrast.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • In contrast to the warm colors of the rosewood box, the inlaid rose had been crafted of a pale wood, probably ash, which shone clearly in the dim light.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Outside the day was bright—by contrast with the brown shadows of the dismal house in which I found myself, dazzlingly bright.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • In fact, by the age of twenty, the elite performers had each totaled ten thousand hours of practice. By contrast, the merely good students had totaled eight thousand hours, and the future music teachers had totaled just over four thousand hours.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Kirsten was our resident drama queen. Her emotions were always at full throttle, as was her mouth; she never stopped talking, even if she was well aware you weren’t listening to her. In contrast, Whitney was the silent type, which meant the few words she uttered always carried that much more meaning.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • John, in contrast, was offering her something different, the opportunity to establish a new family that no one could take away from her.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Now that I’m an adult, you’ll never catch me with less than $200 in my wallet. I want to be prepared in case I need it. Sure, I could lose my wallet or it could be stolen. But for a guy making a reasonable living, $200 is an amount worth risking. By contrast, not having cash on hand when you need it is potentially a much bigger problem.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • More unsettling than the darkness, however, was the fact that in contrast to the heat outside ..., it was as cold as ice in Pilate’s house.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Frau Holtzapfel appeared to be waiting for me in the kitchen. ... By contrast, Frau Diller was fast asleep.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "It wasn’t a big deal," I say, wondering what the rumor is in contrast to what really happened.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • I expect the stream to stop, but more come from the next landing, a steady flow of blue-clad people in dim blue light, the whites of their eyes bright as lamps by contrast to everything else.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • His jeans were stiff with dirt, and they were too short besides. By contrast, his T-shirt hung almost to his knees.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The battle was so high that only the giant, shining bombers were consistently visible; the fighters, tiny in contrast, flickered in and out of view as the sunlight caught them.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Even his hair seemed darker, in stark contrast to the white of his skin.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • She wore a neat black suit, very plain, in contrast to the multiple brightly colored rings that burned on her fingers.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • In contrast to his reaction to news of the C.I.D. man, he learned with calm courage from Yossarian that Colonel Cathcart had raised the number of missions to fifty-five.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • At forty-four, Linda seemed, by contrast, a monster of flaccid and distorted senility.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "You live just below — do you mean at that house with the battlements?" pointing to Thornfield Hall, on which the moon cast a hoary gleam, bringing it out distinct and pale from the woods that, by contrast with the western sky, now seemed one mass of shadow.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The Vincys’ house, with all its faults, was the pleasanter by contrast; besides, it nourished Rosamond—sweet to look at as a half-opened blush-rose, and adorned with accomplishments for the refined amusement of man.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It seemed to me that his off-hand professions of childishness and carelessness were a great relief to my guardian, by contrast with such things, and were the more readily believed in since to find one perfectly undesigning and candid man among many opposites could not fail to give him pleasure.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • All was silent within, and he would have passed on in the belief that the party had broken up, had not a dim light, yellow as saffron by contrast with the greenish whiteness outside, streamed through a knot-hole in the folding doors.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • And very white he looked, in contrast with the roses.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "That was the voice of an animal", said the chief clerk, with a calmness that was in contrast with his mother’s screams.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • ’Why, you have a sleek and slinking way with you that makes me seem so by contrast,’ returned Ralph.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • That gleam of merriment soon died away from Maggie’s face, and perhaps only made the returning gloom deeper by contrast.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Even on Sunday, when it veiled its more florid charms and lay comparatively empty of passage, the street shone out in contrast to its dingy neighbourhood, like a fire in a forest; and with its freshly painted shutters, well-polished brasses, and general cleanliness and gaiety of note, instantly caught and pleased the eye of the passenger.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • By contrast with the brilliancy outside, it seemed at first impenetrably dark to me.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Silver himself appeared less terrible in contrast with this creature of the woods, and I turned on my heel, and looking sharply behind me over my shoulder, began to retrace my steps in the direction of the boats.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • She had put on the low-necked and tightly-laced dinner-dress which the Mingott ceremonial exacted on the most informal occasions, and had built her fair hair into its usual accumulated coils; and her face, in contrast, was wan and almost faded.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He still seemed pale, in contrast to his black smooth hair, but he was a respectable runner, a fair basketball center, and a savage hockey-player.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • In contrast to the complacent Myra he saw her as swift and air-borne and radiant, a fire-spirit tenderly stooping to the hearth, and however pitifully he brooded on his wife, he longed to be with Tanis.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Yes, such natures—oh, let me speak in defense of such natures, so often and so cruelly misunderstood—these natures often thirst for tenderness, goodness, and justice, as it were, in contrast to themselves, their unruliness, their ferocity—they thirst for it unconsciously.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • When others spoke they seemed harsh and uncouth by contrast; and if they gainsaid the voice, anger was kindled in the hearts of those under the spell.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • In contrast to the Three Broomsticks, the pub appeared to be completely empty.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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as in: there is a contrast Define
a difference -- especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
  • The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
  • There was quite a contrast between the styles of the two teachers.

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  • Harmony was the soul of our companionship, and the diversity and contrast that subsisted in our characters drew us nearer together.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The air of completeness and superiority with which she walked at my side, and the air of youthfulness and submission with which I walked at hers, made a contrast that I strongly felt.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He felt deeply drawn to him, and not solely because he was intrigued by the contrast between O’Brien’s urbane manner and his prize-fighter’s physique.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • As Atticus’s fists went to his hips, so did Jem’s, and as they faced each other I could see little resemblance between them: Jem’s soft brown hair and eyes, his oval face and snug-fitting ears were our mother’s, contrasting oddly with Atticus’s graying black hair and square-cut features, but they were somehow alike.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Mr. Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room; he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed so early, and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield.  Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves.  What a contrast between him and his friend!  Mr. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley, declined being introduced to any other lady, and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • To me at least there was a strange contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this sinister quest upon which we were engaged.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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  • There could not have been a greater contrast between brother and sister, for Stapleton was neutral tinted, with light hair and gray eyes, while she was darker than any brunette whom I have seen in England—slim, elegant, and tall.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "I was at the festival of my marriage, monsieur," said the young man, his voice slightly tremulous, so great was the contrast between that happy moment and the painful ceremony he was now undergoing;
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Keating thought with relief that there was nothing frightening about her; there was only a disquieting contrast between her words and the candid innocence of the manner she used to utter them; he did not know which to trust.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • A few days later Locke got picked up for a column in a New England newsnet, specifically to provide a contrasting view for their popular column from Demosthenes.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Harry could see him sweating in the torchlight, his white skin contrasting strongly with the black of his hair and beard.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The chill Westerberg sensed between Alex and his parents stood in marked contrast to the warmth McCandless exhibited in Carthage.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The weird contrast between the bright, striped, living orange of his coat and the inert white of the boat’s hull was incredibly compelling.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I thought of all those heroines of fiction who looked pretty when they cried, and what a contrast I must make with blotched and swollen face, and red rims to my eyes.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He was struck by the contrast of Mr. Marvel’s appearance with this suggestion of opulence.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • It was June in California, that time of year when most things had turned brown and withered, but here there were trees everywhere, contrasting with the white stone of the buildings.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • In stark contrast to two nights ago, when I felt Peeta was a million miles away, I’m struck by his immediacy now.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The last hour had taught me a few major lessons, the main one being I must gain the ability to fight alone, in direct contrast to everything I had ever been taught.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The delicacy of her face, the perfection of her pure virginal body contrasted with the passion, the lust, that leapt from her eyes, from her every pore.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Freddie looked the boy up and down, taking in the steady but secretive eyes and the startling contrast between Ruth’s lemony skin and the boy’s black skin.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • No one ventured to gainsay the missionary, whose excited tone contrasted curiously with his naturally calm visage.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The sun was beginning its slow descent, and as I pulled out, the sky was a swirl of fruity colors that contrasted dramatically with the evening skies I’d come to know in Germany.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • A moment later, she’s wearing it, and it is exactly as I remember, the cool green satin contrasting with the warm pink of her skin.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • He threw over her shoulders the wraps he had brought, the modest wraps of common life, the poverty of which contrasted with the elegance of the ball dress.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • When he said this, a contrast struck me: Colton, a little guy, was talking about a being so big—but in the next breath, he was talking about love.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • An odd, dilapidated wooden building near one of the corners of the square contrasted greatly with the gray stone.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The contrast between the laughter and the stone stillness within me is jarring.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • She wears a bright yellow coat, buttoned to the throat, which contrasts with the dark gray overcast sky above.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Clary noted the contrast: the ravaged face of the older man and the boy’s unlined one, the pale locks of hair falling into Jace’s eyes making him look even younger.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The snow was so deep that residents had dug vertical tunnels to get in and out of their homes. The contrast to fire-blackened Tokyo was jarring.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I am afraid—sore afraid—that this purpose originated in my sense of the contrast there would be between me and Joe, if we went to the coach together.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She wore a plain gray suit; the contrast between its tailored severity and her appearance was deliberately exorbitant—and strangely elegant.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The descriptions burst with colour, contrast and telling detail.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Its splendour was in such contrast to his homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon it.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • so great was the contrast between the sombre aspect of M. de Villefort and the radiant face of Mercedes.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The contrast between its purple bracts and the red flowers of the tree was very pretty.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • She stressed the contrast, because it degraded her.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The contrast is too sudden; it almost hurts.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • A curious, perhaps too sudden contrast As he spoke the car became one of many once again, dusk had fallen without my noticing it, and we were in the midst of light and sound in the streets of Monte Carlo.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • She and Kirsten flew down together for Thanksgiving, and when we picked them up from the airport, the contrast was startling.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Her hair was set in elaborate and curiously rigid curls that contrasted oddly with her heavy-jawed face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • His expression is most striking in the Easter photo because it contrasts so strongly with the exuberant grin Carine wears in the same frame.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The late afternoon light came in through the curtains and made his face a study in contrasts.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Nothing could exceed in beauty the contrast between these two excellent creatures.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The contrast is too great.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
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as in: it is a contrast Define
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
  • College is quite a contrast to high school.
  • Her red dress was a striking contrast to all the black dresses around her.

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  • Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • ... and a pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular contrast to the colour of his hair,
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • There is something tropical and exotic about her which forms a singular contrast to her cool and unemotional brother.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It was such a contrast to his restraint of a few minutes ago that Armstrong was quite taken aback.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • A wizard had just Apparated at their fireside, and he could not have made more of a contrast with Ludo Bagman, sprawled on the grass in his old Wasp robes.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Leonard noticed the contrast when he stepped out of it into the country.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The guards who followed the young woman presented a violent contrast to her, armed as they were with naked sabres hung at their waists, and long damascened pistols, and bearing a corpse on a palanquin.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Her voice was soft, a contrast from the crazed, hard sound he’d heard from her after she first arrived, when she’d delivered the message that everything was going to change.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner

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  • His calm and serene look formed a singular contrast to Albert’s grief-stricken face, who approached also, followed by the other four young men.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But he felt a tremendous respect for Ellsworth Toohey, because Toohey represented the exact opposite of his own life; Toohey had no concern whatever for worldly wealth; by the mere fact of this contrast, he considered Toohey the personification of virtue; what this estimate implied in regard to his own life never quite occurred to him.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "The Mooshka people loved your pictures," my mother was saying, her happy voice a complete contrast to how I felt as I sat in a long line of traffic, trying to get out of the parking lot after seventh period.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • He touched the photograph with a scarred and weathered hand—a strange contrast to the neat spotlessness of his tweed cuffs.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The place reeked of dust and mildew—a big contrast to the pleasant smells outside.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a contrast to it as the front of a picture does to the back.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Her voice jumped a couple of octaves, a marked contrast to Whitney’s flat monotone.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • By creating the contrast it will have made itself a part of the great ineptitude, its most ludicrous part.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • [N]ever had he spoken with such gentleness as on this unexpected meeting.  What a contrast did it offer to his last address in Rosings Park, when he put his letter into her hand! She  knew not what to think, or how to account for it.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • "Annabel!" he said, his sunny tone a distinct contrast to Owen’s barely tolerant one.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
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as in: sharpen the picture contrast Define
the difference between tones of an image -- as in a photo or video -- such as the quality of brightness or the intensity of shades or colors
  • She increased the video’s contrast by making dark pixels darker and light pixels lighter.
  • Some technical definitions of contrast consider intensity of color. Other definitions consider only black and white.

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  • We increased the photo’s contrast, so we can better see minor detail.
  • As beams of light tinted the clouds with blazing colors, everything gained a sharp contrast: brightly lit on one side, deeply shadowed on the other.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The picture was beautiful, however, the composition perfect. ... In the last few months, though, it had started to look kind of eerie to me. Like I couldn’t just see the fine white-on-black contrast, or the way our features repeated themselves, in different measure but always similar, across our faces. Instead, when I studied it, I saw other things.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
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  • But Mr. Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was a contrast which recommended him most forcibly to her mother.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility

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  • The contrast aroused a deep sympathy in his heart as he looked at the lovely face.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Everything about him, from his weary, bored expression to his quiet, measured step, offered a most striking contrast to his quiet, little wife.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was just this contrast with her own position that was for Kitty the great attraction of Mademoiselle Varenka.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The firmly-chiselled mouth and chin contrast strikingly with the romantic expression in the deep-set eyes.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • He felt acutely the contrast between his own life and his friend’s and it seemed to him unjust.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The contrast is enormous: Bunyan’s coward stirs your blood more than Shakespear’s hero, who actually leaves you cold and secretly hostile.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • They made a delightful contrast.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • His words, spirited as they were in meaning, contrasted sadly with the weakness of the voice in which they were uttered.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island

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  • Vittoria was studying him, her dark skin in stark contrast to the white lab.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A plump, happy-faced Reverend Mother had been the lecturer, her jolly voice contrasting weirdly with the subject matter.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • During the early part of my stay I had been struck by the contrast between the vitality of the climate and the deadness of the community.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • The contrast got under my skin.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • This mighty contrast thrust itself forward as a fair expression of the odds against which she was to begin her struggle for a subsistence.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • O, you happy free women, contrast your New Year’s day with that of the poor bond-woman!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • —there’d be a merry contrast betwixt my glory and my raiment!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • A young and clever man was coming into that lonely heath from, of all contrasting places in the world, Paris.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • She was not contrasting it now with what she had had, but what she had so recently seen.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • His was not the order of nature to trouble for something better, unless the better was immediately and sharply contrasted.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Indeed, God can be seen most clearly in the constant transformations and contrasts of nature.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • I am filled with wonder when I consider the immeasurable contrasts between the two lives which it connects.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Then again, I like the contrast between my lonely, loveless, hunted, and thoroughly disorderly existence and this middle-class family life.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • The contrast struck cold to the girl’s heart.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Against such moments (with women too) there contrasted (as she laid her hat down) the bed and Baron Marbot and the candle half-burnt.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • The contrast between the two women struck me at once, the more so as in actual features and colouring they were not unalike-but oh, the difference!
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • He enjoyed the contrast of reality and illusion.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • In the dim light his black shirt was a stark contrast to the white of hers.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • A closer look would have uncovered the contrasts.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • I still had him most of the time, and the time when he was gone there was a contrast.’ She looked at him.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • At the opposite end was a second door, startling in its contrast; it was made of gray steel.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He was accompanied by a travelling companion, in many respects an exact contrast to himself.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • It has been caught through some kind of light-amplifying optics that wash out the color and make everything incredibly grainy and low contrast.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • His relaxed calm was only more amazing set in direct contrast with everyone else’s reaction.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • The contrast between my words and tone broke through the tension.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Red and blue and yellow, all hanging in an impossible contrast to the stark black trees.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • The contrast between her white face and so much black was quite startling.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • She was smiling but her voice sounded angry, irritated, and the contrast was strange.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Looking at her, I was reminded how really different we were, me a redhead with pale, freckled skin, such a contrast to her black hair and blue eyes.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • All I knew was that the rest of the weekend had been a stark contrast to those few hours on Friday night.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • With oak-paneled walls, mahogany flooring, and burgundy curtains, the cavernous, open room stood in stark contrast to the area downstairs.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • That is in pretty sharp contrast to tahm or tahd, which is how time and tide are said by Southerners who live inland in North Carolina.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The western side of the island was a stark contrast to the spot where the Indigo Dragon had landed.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Agamemnon tells how on coming home he was killed by his wife, one of the poem’s several contrasts between his return and that of Odysseus.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Beneath the thick, closely-woven foliage the shade was deep: a striking contrast to the glare of the bush.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • This other Musketeer formed a perfect contrast to his interrogator, who had just designated him by the name of Aramis.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But if so, the view from the other end of my chambers offered, at least, a contrast, if nothing more.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • And throughout this time contrasting it all with Chicago and Kansas City.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Contrasted with her sister, who was tall and dark and rather sallow, Bella, though shorter, was far more gracefully and vigorously formed.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • High banks of snow presented a picturesque contrast to Stockholm.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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