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That day I received a letter from my benefactor in which he wrote about "conjugal duties."
Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  of or relating to marriage or to the relationship between a wife and husband
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conjugal conjugality
Word Confusion:  Do not confuse this with most of the meanings of the word "conjugate."
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  • That day I received a letter from my benefactor in which he wrote about "conjugal duties."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I start noticing small signs of conjugal existence.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Chapter 42 Had Elizabeth’s opinion been all drawn from her own family, she could not have formed a very pleasing opinion of conjugal felicity or domestic comfort.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Such is the sole conjugal embrace I am ever to know — such are the endearments which are to solace my leisure hours!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • "Madame," said Bonacieux, who had never seen his wife in a passion, and who recoiled before this conjugal anger, "madame, what do you say?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • That night, realizing that he wouldn’t be able to ignore his conjugal duty forever, Pedro knelt by the bed, on which the nuptial sheet was spread, and offered up this prayer: "Lord, this is not lust or lewdness but to make a child to serve you."
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • CHAPTER FORTY-SIX UNDER THE UMBRELLA While Laurie and Amy were taking conjugal strolls over velvet carpets, as they set their house in order, and planned a blissful future, Mr. Bhaer and Jo were enjoying promenades of a different sort, along muddy roads and sodden fields.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • —It was not to be doubted that poor Harriet’s attachment had been an offering to conjugal unreserve, and her own share in the story, under a colouring the least favourable to her and the most soothing to him, had in all likelihood been given also.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one’s face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Then you can stay over for a conjugal visit.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter

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  • Their conjugal dawns grew calm because he had returned to the childhood his children had taken away from him.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • She was a woman who never, like some newly married, showed conjugal tenderness in public, perhaps because she had none to show.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • She left her employment that same day (leaving behind her a most vehement conjugal bitterness), and with part of the money that with cunning, cruelty, and sacrifice she had saved over a period of years, bought a railroad ticket to New York.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • VII The Guest WHEN Phoebe awoke,—which she did with the early twittering of the conjugal couple of robins in the pear-tree,—she heard movements below stairs, and, hastening down, found Hepzibah already in the kitchen.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He turned his mind away from the bed, and from the scenes of conjugal misery that must have been enacted upon it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Contrary to what they had expected, Gaston sent them a calm, almost paternal reply, with two whole pages devoted to a warning against the fickleness of passion and a final paragraph with unmistakable wishes for them to be as happy as he had been during his brief conjugal experience.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • She and Mr. van der Luyden were so exactly alike that Archer often wondered how, after forty years of the closest conjugality, two such merged identities ever separated themselves enough for anything as controversial as a talking-over.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Your mind has taken up its residence with your prospective husband, and you might quite as well be lodged under the conjugal roof, for all the benefit we get from your society.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Except for conjugal visits a few times a year, she would continue to live with us until the end of her first pregnancy.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Not but that Rebecca could have written had she a mind, but she did not try to see or to write to Pitt at his own house, and after one or two attempts consented to his demand that the correspondence regarding her conjugal differences should be carried on by lawyers only.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Charlotte, an excellent businesswoman, and highly important as backer, counselor, consultant, gave him just what united them closer than common conjugality.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • …of his affairs, knowing the value of a minute and not always the value of a year; sober, serene, peaceable, patient; a good man and a good prince; sleeping with his wife, and having in his palace lackeys charged with the duty of showing the conjugal bed to the bourgeois, an ostentation of the regular sleeping-apartment which had become useful after the former illegitimate displays of the elder branch; knowing all the languages of Europe, and, what is more rare, all the languages of all…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • His voice had a note of conjugal familiarity: Miss Bart fancied she detected in Rosedale’s eye a twinkling perception of the fact, and the idea turned her dislike of him to repugnance.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • And so, larded with their love for him, their passionate belief that he hung the moon and that any conjugal love they might ever know would only be a pale reflection of their love for him, larded with this was a desperation as strong as the will to survive.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Mr. Glegg had chosen the eldest Miss Dodson as a handsome embodiment of female prudence and thrift, and being himself of a money-getting, money-keeping turn, had calculated on much conjugal harmony.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I The next noteworthy move in Jude’s life was that in which he appeared gliding steadily onward through a dusky landscape of some three years’ later leafage than had graced his courtship of Arabella, and the disruption of his coarse conjugal life with her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • What limitations of activity and inhibitions of conjugal rights were perceived by listener and narrator concerning themselves during the course of this intermittent and increasingly more laconic narration?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • An advantage this, a strengthener of love, in which even the conjugal tie is beneath the fraternal.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • So spake our general mother, and with eyes Of conjugal attraction unreproved, And meek surrender, half-embracing leaned On our first father; half her swelling breast Naked met his, under the flowing gold Of her loose tresses hid: he in delight Both of her beauty, and submissive charms, Smiled with superiour love, as Jupiter On Juno smiles, when he impregns the clouds That shed Mayflowers; and pressed her matron lip With kisses pure: Aside the Devil turned For envy; yet with jealous…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Even though his conjugal sex life was hardly worth mentioning, he and his wife still slept in the same bed, awoke in the middle of the night to each other’s heavy breathing, and inhaled the smells of each other’s body.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • It was not surprising Gilbert Osmond should not have taken comfort in Miss Stackpole; his instinct had naturally set him in opposition to a young lady capable of advising his wife to withdraw from the conjugal roof.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The hip-splitting pain, the blood on the conjugal bed were proof of her virtue.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • One day his wife, Louisa—"Lulu"—traveled to Chicago for a surprise conjugal visit.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • She never spoke of him again, nor did she offer any explanation for her flight from the conjugal abode.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • On his tongue it sounded like the name of a blowsy woman, one of many that had come between him and his conjugal duties.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The men and women consume one another rapidly in what is called "the act of love," or else settle down to a mild habit of conjugality.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is so much respected as in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • As in America paternal discipline is very relaxed and the conjugal tie very strict, a young woman does not contract the latter without considerable circumspection and apprehension.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • She always reminded him of a painted perfume-bottle with a crack in it; but he had grown to have a kindly feeling for her, based on the fact of her owing conjugal allegiance to Urbain de Bellegarde.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • It was not surprising Gilbert Osmond should not have taken comfort in Miss Stackpole; his instinct had naturally set him in opposition to a young lady capable of advising his wife to withdraw from the conjugal roof.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • "Well, well, thee canstna say but what I knowed how to make a choice when I married thee," said Mr. Poyser, who usually settled little conjugal disputes by a compliment of this sort; "and thee wast twice as buxom as Dinah ten year ago."
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Perhaps because her appearance was not of a commercial cast, or perhaps because it occurred to him that his having taken her to wife might expose his judgment to doubt in the minds of customers, Mr Flintwinch laid his commands upon her that she should hold her peace on the subject of her conjugal relations, and should no longer call him Jeremiah out of the domestic trio.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The genial disdain of Michel Rollin, who called them impostors, was answered by him with vituperation, of which crapule and canaille were the least violent items; he amused himself with abuse of their private lives, and with sardonic humour, with blasphemous and obscene detail, attacked the legitimacy of their births and the purity of their conjugal relations: he used an Oriental imagery and an Oriental emphasis to accentuate his ribald scorn.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • There was an unforeseen surprise, a cessation of the winds and odours of life, a social pressure that would have her think conjugally.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • A Conjugal Scene.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "CONJUGAL—LOVE!" he said, slowly separating the two words.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I think that’s it? excuse me I have forgotten your surname," he bowed politely to Razumihin) "insulted me by misrepresenting the idea I expressed to you in a private conversation, drinking coffee, that is, that marriage with a poor girl who has had experience of trouble is more advantageous from the conjugal point of view than with one who has lived in luxury, since it is more profitable for the moral character.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Resentments stirred up other resentments, reopened old scars, turned them into fresh wounds, and both were dismayed at the desolating proof that in so many years of conjugal battling they had done little more than nurture their rancor.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • If Mr. Tulliver had been a susceptible man in his conjugal relation, he might have supposed that she drew out the key to aid her imagination in anticipating the moment when he would be in a state to justify the production of the best Holland sheets.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • And perhaps you look for it with as much impatience as I do; perhaps this evening Madame Bonacieux will visit the conjugal domicile.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
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