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During the day it was never far from her immediate consciousness, intermittently returning at unsuspected moments, whispering and taunting her.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  stopping and starting — especially at irregular intervals
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  • During the day it was never far from her immediate consciousness, intermittently returning at unsuspected moments, whispering and taunting her.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • They sat on a low hill, two salads between them, the sun making intermittent, appearances behind slow-moving clouds.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I haven’t thought out fully or exactly when I am going to tell her, even as her mother is to pick her up any second, for what I really want and wish is that time could suspend for a moment or two, halt right here in my room, but such that I might still enjoy the company of Veronica and the intermittent visitors and the prodding charm of the nurses.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It’s a cold day, the sun peeking intermittently through thick white clouds gliding by overhead.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four

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  • Will was in the middle of the hospital bed, his body covered with a blue blanket, wired up to a drip and surrounded by various intermittently bleeping machines.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • And why did he send out his messages intermittently when he could be broadcasting around the clock?
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Laura got intermittent work as a hotel maid, and Pablo worked landscaping jobs throughout the scorching Arizona summer.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • And Volkheimer as he hacks intermittently, insanely, at the rubble blocking the stairwell.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The store smelled like sour milk, though the drink cases were still flickering with intermittent electricity.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • The electric fan droned on, penetrated intermittently by the city’s restless night sounds.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • I had begun to feel safe and even intermittently happy during the last weeks with Jamie.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • All day he’d been among the young team, intermittently visible, someone presumably to be looked up to, a senior.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The road became bumpy, and at intermittent points the rough, split concrete gave way to gravelly dirt.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The sun shimmered through them, making intermittent swirls of blue luminous as opals.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Winston knew they were there but he saw them only intermittently.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And it went on intermittently throughout the day.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Rains came intermittently, leaving the men sucking up every drop that fell into their rain catchers.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The rain had become intermittent now—little wet squalls and quiet times.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • It was a cool October night filled with the sounds of chirping crickets and the intermittent whoosh of passing cars.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Four capital letters gleaming in the intermittent spurts of light.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A surprisingly long darkness that gave way slowly to an intermittent grayish light, blotched with shadows.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Grant watched the low hills rise up, and then they were passing through intermittent clouds, breaking out into sunshine.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • During the past month she had had intermittent contact with Blomkvist.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The time passed by, and he slept intermittently for hours.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Jason’s face reddened with strain as he tried to maintain an air cushion beneath them, but intermittent slow-downs were the best he could manage.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • McCandless tramped around the West for the next two months, spellbound by the scale and power of the landscape, thrilled by minor brushes with the law, savoring the intermittent company of other vagabonds he met along the way.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • In the decade that followed, an edgy peace between labor and management settled on our town, broken only by intermittent strikes, usually quickly settled.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Differences of temperament and outlook had kept them intermittently at war with one another for years.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • I felt the intermittent jarring that came now and then, as if something heavy had fallen and the shock had traveled up till it reached the limb I sat on.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • I had to squint my eyes painfully and hold my hand up as a make-believe sun block against even that intermittent light.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Meanwhile still more projectiles, now with the swift sinister whistle of a cannon ball, now with the agreeable intermittent whistle of a shell, flew over people’s heads incessantly, but not one fell close by, they all flew over.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The music had died down as the ceremony began and now a long cheer floated in at the window, followed by intermittent cries of "Yea — ea — ea!" and finally by a burst of jazz as the dancing began.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Chapter 24 The roarings that had stretched in a long line of sound across the face of the forest began to grow intermittent and weaker.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • In the intermittent fits of moonlight, he could see the trail of flattened weeds and glistening smears going off into the darkness below.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The room was soon full of intermittent cries of ’Impedimenta!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He said that she should remain at home —unless an urgent warning — a series of intermittent blasts of the siren — was sounded.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Instead of the customary flat-white light flowing down from above, a muted red glow seemed to emanate upward from the baseboards—intermittent patches of red light spilling out onto the tile floors.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • As for the latter’s sailing, it was so wild and intermittent, and she hung each time so long in irons, that she certainly gained nothing, if she did not even lose.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • And very faint now, but very distinct through the hot, quiet air, one heard the whirr of a machine-gun that was presently stilled, and an intermittent cracking of rifles.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Then, in the intermittent darknesses, I saw the moon spinning swiftly through her quarters from new to full, and had a faint glimpse of the circling stars.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Peterson became something of a mentor to Fischer and climbed with him intermittently over the next two decades.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Even the midday sun would not penetrate the interlacing of those green leaves, they were too thickly entwined, one with another, and only little flickering patches of warm light would come in intermittent waves to dapple the drive with gold.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • A certain intermittent contempt for acting made her negligent.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Not an intermitting spring!
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Her eyes were glittering and watchful in the intermittent neon.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • I watched him as he reached the dark shadow beside the kitchen doorway, where the lights only shone intermittently.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • CHAPTER XXXIV The sun shone intermittently the next morning and the hard wind that drove dark clouds swiftly across its face rattled the windowpanes and moaned faintly about the house.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • A tremendous stir inside there, another series of animal screams, the intermittent whirr of the reptile.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Sweat
  • This twilight, sufficient to enable a person to see his way, intermittent on account of the clouds, resembled the sort of livid light which falls through an air-hole in a cellar, before which the passersby come and go.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Salivation is insufficient, the patellar reflex intermittent.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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