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She tries to descry purpose in the disasters of a purposeless world.
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  • She tries to descry purpose in the disasters of a purposeless world.
  • I never saw him afterwards, but I sometimes imagine that I descry a faint reflection of him in John Browdie.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • ] We see the ground whereon these woes do lie; But the true ground of all these piteous woes We cannot without circumstance descry.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • A man riding in hot haste was now dimly descried at the top of a distant hill.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • To the east the outflung arm of the mountains marched to a sudden end, and far lands could be descried beyond them, wide and vague.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • In front, far off on the farther shore of that sea of mist, some wooded hills were discernible, and it was there the enemy probably was, for something could be descried.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As early as six o’clock in the morning, sallow faces peeping through its barred windows had descried other faces within, bending over measures of wine.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • No one existed who could descry the flaws within the Riders’ own system, for they were above scrutiny, and thus, they perished.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The Emperor had been the first, as early as mid-day, to descry with his field-glass, on the extreme horizon, something which had attracted his attention.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • At length they descried the coast of France.
    Voltaire  --  Candide

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  • Shortly afterwards Miss Bates, passing near the window, descried Mr. Knightley on horse-back not far off.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Having passed the vale where my bower stood, I came within view of the sea lying to the west when it being a clear day, I fairly descried land, extending from the W. to the S.W. about ten or fifteen leagues, as I concluded; but could not say whether it was an island or a continent.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But the grass was high in the meadow, and there was no descrying her, if she were there, except by a close search that would be a trespass on Mr. Osgood’s crop.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • On one side, the rotting roofs and unpaved enclosure of the Cour des Miracles could be descried.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • There was a back-garret window with rusty bars outside, which had no shutter; and out of this, Oliver often gazed with a melancholy face for hours together; but nothing was to be descried from it but a confused and crowded mass of housetops, blackened chimneys, and gable-ends.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Dimly through the mists they could descry the long arm of the mountains rising on their left.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • He never looked back until he had almost gained the shelter of the forest; then he turned and descried two figures in the distance.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • There, too, she descried Stiva, and there she saw the exquisite figure and head of Anna in a black velvet gown.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Your fellow Tranio here, to save my life, Puts my apparel and my count’nance on, And I for my escape have put on his; For in a quarrel since I came ashore I kill’d a man, and fear I was descried.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • From thence it is the storm of God’s quick wrath is first descried, and the bow must bear the earliest brunt.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Sometimes King Pellinore could be descried galloping over the purlieus after the Beast, or with the Beast after him if they happened to have got muddled up.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In cold weather he was distinguished by a fur cap, surmounted with a flaunting fox’s tail; and when the folks at a country gathering descried this well-known crest at a distance, whisking about among a squad of hard riders, they always stood by for a squall.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • I discovered nothing all that day; but upon the next, about three in the afternoon, when I had by my computation made twenty-four leagues from Blefuscu, I descried a sail steering to the southeast; my course was due east.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The shadows lay where they belonged, but strain as he might, he could not descry what lay in the darkest of them.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • But that thou mayest know who thus seconds thee against the Sienese, so sharpen thine eye toward me that my face may answer well to thee, so shalt thou see that I am the shade of Capocchio, who falsified the metals by alchemy; and thou shouldst recollect, if I descry thee aright, how I was a good ape of nature.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • I then descried Mr. and Mrs. Hubble; the last-named in a decent speechless paroxysm in a corner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Near and on speedy foot; the main descry Stands on the hourly thought.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • The broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening, from the top of Fesole, Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands, Rivers, or mountains, in her spotty globe.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • It was no more than four inches long, but so detailed, Eragon descried benches for rowers, tiny railings along the edge of the deck, and portholes the size of raspberry seeds.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Mr. George then descries, in the procession, the venerable Mr. Smallweed out for an airing, attended by his granddaughter Judy as body-guard.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The news is true, my lord: he is descried; Caesar has taken Toryne.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • After a while the Doctor descried a footpath which, leading through a transverse valley, would bring them out, as he justly supposed, at a much higher point of the ascent.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Mr. Tulliver’s return into the yard was descried by several young Mosses, who immediately ran in with the exciting news to their mother, so that Mrs. Moss was again on the door-step when her brother rode up.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Ham Peggotty, who went to the national school, and was a very dragon at his catechism, and who may therefore be regarded as a credible witness, reported next day, that happening to peep in at the parlour-door an hour after this, he was instantly descried by Miss Betsey, then walking to and fro in a state of agitation, and pounced upon before he could make his escape.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Scarcely had Don Quixote descried them when the fancy possessed him that this must be some new adventure; and to help him to imitate as far as he could those passages he had read of in his books, here seemed to come one made on purpose, which he resolved to attempt.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It was fixed accordingly, that Mrs Clay should be of the party in the carriage; and they had just reached this point, when Anne, as she sat near the window, descried, most decidedly and distinctly, Captain Wentworth walking down the street.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I never saw him afterwards, but I sometimes imagine that I descry a faint reflection of him in John Browdie.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Upon the fourth day from the Cross-roads and the sixth from Minas Tirith they came at last to the end of the living lands, and began to pass into the desolation that lay before the gates of the Pass of Cirith Gorgor; and they could descry the marshes and the desert that stretched north and west to the Emyn Muil.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • This critique, the justness of which was unfortunately lost on poor Catherine, brought them to the door of Mrs. Thorpe’s lodgings, and the feelings of the discerning and unprejudiced reader of Camilla gave way to the feelings of the dutiful and affectionate son, as they met Mrs. Thorpe, who had descried them from above, in the passage.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • And then, descrying as many as a half dozen people in the water in the distance, at once turning and retreating in the direction of the others in order to give the necessary signal.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Fanny, having been sent into the village on some errand by her aunt Norris, was overtaken by a heavy shower close to the Parsonage; and being descried from one of the windows endeavouring to find shelter under the branches and lingering leaves of an oak just beyond their premises, was forced, though not without some modest reluctance on her part, to come in.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • — Who hath descried the number of the traitors?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • But no, he soon descried several horsemen.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • At first she could descry only a few dim lights, and these blurred in her sight.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • In the flare of the match MacPherson had descried the stable lantern hanging on the wall.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • In the flat smear of houses, he descried, or thought he did, the edge of his own on Ninth.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • We are descried: they’ll mock us now downright.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Next she descried boot tracks the shape of which was so well-remembered that it shook her heart.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Descrying thus much of force of character in Mr Flintwinch, perhaps Mrs Clennam had deemed alliance with him worth her while.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Much before he had expected, judging from sound, to his amazement he descried horsemen near at hand.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
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