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found artifice where I hoped for sincerity
  a deceptive maneuver (a trick to help pretend)
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  • found artifice where I hoped for sincerity
  • political artifice
  • ...a still bolder acknowledgment of artifice and make-believe: the rooster’s crow, the train and factory whistles and school bells frankly man-made and in the spirit of "play."
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • But I suppose that’s the way with such women: They wouldn’t be minxes if they weren’t masters of artifice and fraud.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • Frederick’s expression is entirely without artifice.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It was not enough that they were pursued by the Nazis: they endured unending fear of betrayal by hoodlum "Jewcatchers"—Jozers prey—and other venal Poles like his lady American Lit. prof; it even happened (and more than once) that their exposure came about through the contortionate artifices of fellow Jews.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My eyes burn, and it’s not artifice, unlike the wincing.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He knew that the ledges had not been touched, that no artifice had altered the unplanned beauty of the graded steps.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Dantes dug away the earth carefully, and detected, or fancied he detected, the ingenious artifice.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I carried pistols and a dagger constantly about me and was ever on the watch to prevent artifice, and by these means gained a greater degree of tranquillity.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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  • At length little Jane, perceiving its young brains to be imperilled, softly left her place, and with many small artifices coaxed the dangerous weapon away.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • At the same time that he refused the colonel’s demand he made up his mind that he must have recourse to artifice when leaving Orel, to induce the Italian officer to accept some money of which he was evidently in need.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Emma saw its artifice, and returned to her first surmises.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • When the young man mentioned the artifice he supposed the Indian to have practised on his own nation, the countenance of the listener was veiled in an expression of cautious gravity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Within it they lament for the artifice whereby the dead Deidamia still mourns for Achilles, and there for the Palladium they bear the penalty.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The more hopelessly sordid and insensible he appeared, the greater became Mrs. Shelby’s dread of his succeeding in recapturing Eliza and her child, and of course the greater her motive for detaining him by every female artifice.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Each unique building enhanced and complemented its surroundings, blending seamlessly with the rest of the forest until it was impossible to tell where artifice ended and nature resumed.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Thomas Hoving and Evelyn Harrison and the art experts were instantly able to see behind the forger’s artifice.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I am not willing that a compatriot, a handsome cavalier, a brave youth, quite fit to make his way, should become the dupe of all these artifices and fall into the snare after the example of so many others who have been ruined by it.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But to shorten the long recital of my woes, I will pass over in silence all the artifices employed by Don Fernando for declaring his passion for me.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I abhor artifice, particularly in children; it is my duty to show you that tricks will not answer: you will now stay here an hour longer, and it is only on condition of perfect submission and stillness that I shall liberate you then.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • No pressure of the Bene Gesserit, no trickery or artifice could pry them completely free from Arrakis: the spice was addictive.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • This garment hung so loosely on the figure, that its capacious breast was bare, as if disdaining to be warded or concealed by any artifice.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Exposure by mechanical artifice (automatic bed) or individual testimony (concealed ocular witnesses), not yet.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Lose no time, my dearest, sweetest Catherine, in writing to him and to me, Who ever am, etc. Such a strain of shallow artifice could not impose even upon Catherine.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • My opinion was, that nothing could be done till night, when I might use some artifice to get them all out of the boat; but of a sudden they started up, and made to the sea-side; hereupon I ordered Friday and the Captain’s mate to go over the creek, and halloo as loud as they could, and so decoying them into the woods, come round to me again.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • This little artifice did not bring him.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The author had used the artifice of sending all the merry company for a drive, and now Carrie came in alone.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • It may be well my posterity should be informed that to this little artifice, with the blessing of God, their ancestor ow’d the constant felicity of his life, down to his 79th year, in which this is written.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • This time, along with many other artifices, they brought a flying carpet.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Emma tasted this love in a discreet, absorbed fashion, maintained it by all the artifices of her tenderness, and trembled a little lest it should be lost later on.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • In this coffer, his riches hid themselves with such a tenacious modesty, that the smallest instalments could only be tempted out by artifice; so that Peggotty had to prepare a long and elaborate scheme, a very Gunpowder Plot, for every Saturday’s expenses.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The case fully stated, Mr. Bagnet resorts to his standard artifice for the maintenance of discipline.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But artifice was necessary, he had found, for stemming the cold and inhumane blast of the world’s contempt.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Why could one never do a natural thing without having to screen it behind a structure of artifice?
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It was half breath, half music; it rose softly from the waters of the lake; and I was surrounded by it through I knew not what artifice.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Now that you are with us again, our position is somewhat improved, although not as much as I had hoped, given that we must now also contend with Galbatorix’s latest artifice, these men without pain.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • In the broad hint which he dropped respecting the daughter of Waldemar Fitzurse, John had more than one motive, each the offspring of a mind, which was a strange mixture of carelessness and presumption with low artifice and cunning.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The features were of great beauty, almost girlish in modeling, and Conway found in their winsomeness a curiously personal appeal, even across the barriers of time, death, and artifice.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • One artifice succeeded with her to admiration.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • She was incapable of elaborate artifice, and she resorted to no jocular device—to no affectation of the belief that she had been maligned—to learn what she desired.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Effortlessly, with the minimum of artifice.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • If he wanted to move without waking her, he had to resort to artifice.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • It would be false, and there was no room for artifice.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • And yet one glance at his face made one forgive him much,—that broad, good-natured smile in which lay no bit of art or artifice, but seemed just bubbling good-nature and genuine satisfaction with the world.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • As long as no one succumbed to its artifice and unsickled it with a cigar.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • But there are better chairs than this,—mahogany, black walnut, rosewood, spring-seated and damask-cushioned, with varied slopes, and innumerable artifices to make them easy, and obviate the irksomeness of too tame an ease,—a score of such might be at Judge Pyncheon’s service.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The artifice showed that the woman, by some mysterious intuition, had grasped the paradoxical truth that blindness may operate more vigorously than prescience, and the short-sighted effect more than the far-seeing; that limitation, and not comprehensiveness, is needed for striking a blow.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The pull of Charleston was lunar and feminine and partisan and even affected those natives, like Commerce, who professed to loathe her extensive artifice and the carnivorous etiquette of its social structure.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
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