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She told a story, probably apocryphal, of her ancestors trip to America.
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  • She told a story, probably apocryphal, of her ancestors trip to America.
  • I read among my notes, now, with a new interest, some sentences from an edition of 1621 of the Apocryphal New Testament.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • In one possibly apocryphal story, doctors once trained a homeless man to do routine lab tests because there was no one else available.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I took the liberty of pointing out to my gentleman that the whole business looked apocryphal, and that a man does not, in real life, walk into a cellar door at four in the morning and come out of it with another man’s cheque for close upon a hundred pounds.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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  • But then you felt everything Hoagland said was apocryphal, always questionable.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Cowper’s Apocryphal Gospels."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Sam, I think this rather apocryphal,—this miracle.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • What apocryphal, ill-devised incidents, attributing to one saint the miracles of another!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But he wasn’t called anything because this is an apocryphal story, which means that it is a lie, too.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • [44] [44] At night one sees nothing, by day one sees very well; the bourgeois gets flurried over an apocryphal scrawl, practice virtue, tutu, pointed hat!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • The marriage was to make no change in their place of residence; they had been able to extend it, by taking to themselves the upper rooms formerly belonging to the apocryphal invisible lodger, and they desired nothing more.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Actually, I think I prefer that it be apocryphal, since made-up anecdotes have their own kind of truth.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I am man by nature, and God by the grace of God.42 A comparable vision is described in the apocryphal Gospel of Eve.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Such and so licentious were the times, as announced by the public declaration of the assembled clergy, recorded by Eadmer; and we need add nothing more to vindicate the probability of the scenes which we have detailed, and are about to detail, upon the more apocryphal authority of the Wardour MS.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Fifty times had the mention of Barney Cahoon, the town drayman, like a nickel in a slot produced from Kennicott the apocryphal story of Barney’s directing a minister, "Come down to the depot and get your case of religious books—they’re leaking!"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I hear you worked your way through medical school at a truck stop, or some such apocryphal nonsense.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • [1] The story, though it has the support of the editors of the Cambridge History of American Literature,[2] has an apocryphal smack; one suspects that the savagely anti-American Gifford invented it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • According to one possibly apocryphal account, Washington and the others had left their horses and were proceeding on foot when suddenly two mounted British officers coming at a gallop sent them "running and scampering for life."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Besides all this, he had read his Bible, including the apocryphal books; Poor Richard’s Almanac, Taylor’s Holy Living and Dying, The Pilgrim’s Progress, with Bunyan’s Life and Holy War, a great deal of Bailey’s Dictionary, Valentine and Orson, and part of a History of Babylon, which Bartle Massey had lent him.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • During the last year the old man had taken to studying the Apocryphal Gospels, and constantly talked over his impressions with his young friend.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • It is this sort of talk, and what Sancho says lower down, that made the translator of the history say he considered this chapter apocryphal.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • These observations which Sancho makes here are the other ones on account of which the translator says he regards this chapter as apocryphal, inasmuch as they are beyond Sancho’s capacity.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • And on some mornings, when he read in the Apocrypha, of which he was very fond, the son of Sirach’s keen-edged words would bring a delighted smile, though he also enjoyed the freedom of occasionally differing from an Apocryphal writer.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • One might just as well try to make out that the history of Guarino Mezquino, or of the quest of the Holy Grail, is false, or that the loves of Tristram and the Queen Yseult are apocryphal, as well as those of Guinevere and Lancelot, when there are persons who can almost remember having seen the Dame Quintanona, who was the best cupbearer in Great Britain.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • On the other hand, I reflect that he related and told the story with all the circumstances detailed, and that he could not in so short a space have fabricated such a vast complication of absurdities; if, then, this adventure seems apocryphal, it is no fault of mine; and so, without affirming its falsehood or its truth, I write it down.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Welcome, I say, valiant Don Quixote of La Mancha; not the false, the fictitious, the apocryphal, that these latter days have offered us in lying histories, but the true, the legitimate, the real one that Cide Hamete Benengeli, flower of historians, has described to us!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …THE SHREWD AND DROLL CONVERSATION THAT PASSED BETWEEN SANCHO PANZA AND HIS WIFE TERESA PANZA, AND OTHER MATTERS WORTHY OF BEING DULY RECORDED The translator of this history, when he comes to write this fifth chapter, says that he considers it apocryphal, because in it Sancho Panza speaks in a style unlike that which might have been expected from his limited intelligence, and says things so subtle that he does not think it possible he could have conceived them; however, desirous of…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THE INCOMPARABLE DON QUIXOTE SAID HE SAW IN THE PROFOUND CAVE OF MONTESINOS, THE IMPOSSIBILITY AND MAGNITUDE OF WHICH CAUSE THIS ADVENTURE TO BE DEEMED APOCRYPHAL It was about four in the afternoon when the sun, veiled in clouds, with subdued light and tempered beams, enabled Don Quixote to relate, without heat or inconvenience, what he had seen in the cave of Montesinos to his two illustrious hearers, and he began as follows: "A matter of some twelve or…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • This version of events is related in the apocryphal History of Joseph the Carpenter.
    Historical Jesus - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • What apocryphal, ill-devised incidents, attributing to one saint the miracles of another.
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • Many of the Church’s beliefs concerning the Virgin Mary are reflected in the apocryphal text "The Nativity of Mary", which was not included in scripture, but is considered to be accurate in its description of events.
    Eastern Orthodox Church - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • He surprised the audience by challenging apocryphal beliefs.
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