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The road is not safe because of roving brigands.
  an armed thief — especially a member of a band that resides in the countryside
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  • The road is not safe because of roving brigands.
  • He sounds charming, but has the morals of a remorseless brigand.
  • "I almost hesitated, though," replied the sailor; "you looked more like a brigand than an honest man, with your beard six inches, and your hair a foot long."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • They all went down to tea flushed and joyous as any mountain brigands.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children

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  • We were afraid you had been captured by brigands.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Treats for brigands and wolves.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • "They are regular brigands, especially Dolokhov," replied the visitor.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • On the stage they would be set down at once as some old Oriental band of brigands.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • SECOND POET: Eight bleeding brigand carcasses strew the pavements there—all slit open with sword-gashes!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • "Don’t you remember," said the patron, "I told you that among the crew there were two Corsican brigands?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • If I knew which rascal threw at the carriage, and if that brigand were sufficiently near it, he should be crushed under the wheels.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But the brigands, Monseigneur?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Here they heard a loud noise in the chamber, and Don Quixote shouting out, "Stand, thief, brigand, villain; now I have got thee, and thy scimitar shall not avail thee!"
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • She thinks we’re brigands who are going to sell her for a slave.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • ’Alf the trade in the Empire has dried up as a result of raids and attacks and, from what I heard, it isn’t the work of mere brigands, for the attacks are too widespread, too calculated.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It would be a brigand when it grew up.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • These lands are dangerous: full of foul rebels and brigands.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Ideas, if you like, are fermenting," he said to Pyotr Petrovitch, "and desire for good exists, though it’s in a childish form, and honesty you may find, although there are crowds of brigands.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The Cour des Miracles was, in fact, merely a dram-shop; but a brigand’s dram-shop, reddened quite as much with blood as with wine.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The cardinal sets a spy upon a gentleman, has his letters stolen from him by means of a traitor, a brigand, a rascal-has, with the help of this spy and thanks to this correspondence, Chalais’s throat cut, under the stupid pretext that he wanted to kill the king and marry Monsieur to the queen!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It was no brigand or orc-chieftain that ordered the assault upon the Lord of Mordor’s greatest foe.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • They were probably just men who had decided to help protect their homes from Urgals, pirates, brigands…… We weren’t going to lift a finger against them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The consequences were uproarious beyond belief; but no one seemed to care; on the contrary, the mother and daughter laughed heartily, and enjoyed it very much; and the latter, soon beginning to mingle in the sports, got pillaged by the young brigands most ruthlessly.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Everybody came out—hay farmers, clerks, merchants, fishermen, crabbers, carpenters, loggers, net weavers, truck farmers, junk dealers, real estate brigands, hack poets, ministers, lawyers, sailors, squatters, millwrights, cedar rats, teamsters, plumbers, mushroom foragers, and holly pruners.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The hardships of the journey would be perfectly appalling, apart from the risk of brigandage or even treachery among their own escorting party.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • "Do you believe," said Candide, "that men have always massacred each other as they do to-day, that they have always been liars, cheats, traitors, ingrates, brigands, idiots, thieves, scoundrels, gluttons, drunkards, misers, envious, ambitious, bloody-minded, calumniators, debauchees, fanatics, hypocrites, and fools?"
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Good God, though we did play the brigand we might at least emulate the illustrious and spare pretty women.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He would have persevered in the enterprise if several members of the Academy of History had not convinced him that the legend of the shipwrecked galleon had been invented by some brigand of a viceroy to hide his theft of the treasures of the Crown.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • But it was the Web authorities and brigands from whom we fled, no?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Behind dingy blind and curtain, in upper story and garret, skulking more or less under false names, false hair, false titles, false jewellery, and false histories, a colony of brigands lie in their first sleep.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He had already bought for himself a small house two miles in the country, and his surrey and his matched team stood before the porch waiting while he too stood, his hat tilted back and his legs apart—a hale, bluff, rednosed man with the moustache of a brigand chief—while the son, and the daughter-in-law whom he had never seen before, came up the path from the gate.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I foresee that man will resign himself each day to more atrocious undertakings; soon there will be no one but warriors and brigands; I give them this counsel: The author of an atrocious undertaking ought to imagine that he has already accomplished it, ought to impose upon himself a future as irrevocable as the past.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • She must have taken it almost from under her father’s nose (it was a small store and he was his own clerk and from any point in it he could see any other point) with that amoral boldness, that affinity for brigandage of women, but more likely, or so I would like to think, by some subterfuge of such bald and desperate transparence concocted by innocence that its very simplicity fooled him.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • If I had fallen seriously ill, if I had been captured by brigands, convinced that my father’s understanding with the supreme powers was too complete, that his letters of introduction to the Almighty were too irresistible for my illness or captivity to turn out anything but vain illusions, in which there was no danger actually threatening me, I should have awaited with perfect composure the inevitable hour of my return to comfortable realities, of my deliverance from bondage or…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • An episode of the brigandage of today and every day!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He was delighted with himself: he looked every inch a brigand.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He was too far away for her to distinguish his features, but he reminded her of an Italian brigand.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • I counted three—a half dozen men of dubious character, brigands with eyes devoid of all conscience….
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • The day I need military counsel from a Lysene brigand is the day I put off my crown and take the black.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • He’s a brigand, nothing more.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • As it turned out it was Chapter Eight she wanted, a report of the author’s own encounter with the Trystero brigands.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • You will not appease him with the offer of two hoary old brigands and the second son of the fattest man in the Seven Kingdoms.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • From some firsthand reports I’ve heard, I believe that he has used guided missiles against warships sent after his brigands.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • In the old days such men turned from soldiers into brigands.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Tyrion danced back in while the brigand’s leg was still pinned beneath his fallen mount, and buried the axe in the man’s neck, just above the shoulder blades.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • The companions looked up as the nightmare ship glided by, its deck populated with the worst sort of brigands and scoundrels—including Wendigo—all too surprised that the ship was still there to sling spears and fire arrows.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • The American is no longer a [Pg076] "vain, egotistical, insolent, rodomontade sort of fellow"; America is no longer the "brigand confederation" of the /Foreign Quarterly/ or "the loathsome creature, …. maimed and lame, full of sores and ulcers" of Dickens; but the Americanism is yet regarded with a bilious eye, and pounced upon viciously when found.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • …itself into his own vision, and he looked at the bird with the whole plan of the Mystic Rebellion darting from him as if in rays of the bright reflected light, and he stood looking proudly, leader as he was bound to become of the slaves, the brigands and outcasts of the entire Natchez country, with plans, dates, maps burning like a brand into his brain, and he saw himself proudly in a moment of prophecy going down rank after rank of successively bowing slaves to unroll and flaunt an…
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • "If you approach this brigand’s house surrounded by soldiers, Mubarek will promise you anything, then reverse course as quickly as the guns are gone," Parvi said.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He jerked his great cloak more heavily upon him by an impatient movement of one shoulder, and growled, ’To the devil with this Brigand of a Sun that never shines in here!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
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