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The museum’s night watchman purloined the artifacts.
  to steal — especially in violation of trust
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  • The museum’s night watchman purloined the artifacts.
  • Poe’s story is titled, The Purloined Letter.
  • A really first-class and legendary burglar would at this point have picked the trolls’ pockets ... purloined the beer, and walked off without their noticing him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • I have received personal information, from a very high quarter, that a certain document of the last importance, has been purloined from the royal apartments.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter

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  • It no longer really mattered and I sensed that my earlier rage and chagrin were now supplanted by an odd, complex unrest about the purloined cash, which, after all, had been the proceeds of the sale of a human being.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Miss Tutti was sure those traveling fur sellers who came through town two days ago had purloined their furniture.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But while the purloined guitar presented no ownership problem, his remaining property did.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I had first, however, provided for my sustenance for that day by a loaf of coarse bread, which I purloined, and a cup with which I could drink more conveniently than from my hand of the pure water which flowed by my retreat.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He married Beryl Garcia, one of the beauties of Costa Rica, and, having purloined a considerable sum of public money, he changed his name to Vandeleur and fled to England, where he established a school in the east of Yorkshire.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • To climb a wall, to break a branch, to purloin apples, is a mischievous trick in a child; for a man it is a misdemeanor; for a convict it is a crime.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • The cardboard had been cut from a Canadian Red Cross POW relief package; because the Red Cross didn’t know of Ofuna’s existence, the package had probably been brought from another camp by the Japanese, who routinely purloined the contents of such parcels for their own consumption.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • You might think a teenager’s parents would take notice when she disappeared into the desert for hours at a time (with a rifle and purloined ammo, no less!).
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Not with knitting needles or garden shears, or knives purloined from the kitchen, and especially not when we are pregnant.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • As soon as he reached Moscow, Prince Andrew had received from his father Natasha’s note to Princess Mary breaking off her engagement (Mademoiselle Bourienne had purloined it from Princess Mary and given it to the old prince), and he heard from him the story of Natasha’s elopement, with additions.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I must be served at the fireside, she said; and she placed before me a little round stand with my cup and a plate of toast, absolutely as she used to accommodate me with some privately purloined dainty on a nursery chair: and I smiled and obeyed her as in bygone days.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • After that he would purloin his own garments from the family wash before she could get to them and replace the missing buttons.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I had it examined by a botanical expert and elicited the information that it was ablossom of the homegrown potato plant purloined from a forcingcase of the model farm.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Camerlegno Carlo Ventresca had purloined the key and ventured inside; the myth of what the vault contained was bewitching-the original manuscript for the fourteen unpublished books of the Bible known as the Apocrypha, the third prophecy of Fatima, the first two having come true and the third so terrifying the church would never reveal it.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • An alderman coming from a turtle feast will not step out of his carnage to steal a leg of mutton; but put him to starve, and see if he will not purloin a loaf.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • They tried to argue it away by reminding conscience that they had purloined sweetmeats and apples scores of times; but conscience was not to be appeased by such thin plausibilities; it seemed to them, in the end, that there was no getting around the stubborn fact that taking sweetmeats was only "hooking," while taking bacon and hams and such valuables was plain simple stealing—and there was a command against that in the Bible.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Instead it’s a silver candlestick, supplied by Reverend Verringer, and similar — he hopes — to the type used in the Kinnear household, and purloined by James McDermott.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • As when a gryphon through the wilderness With winged course, o’er hill or moory dale, Pursues the Arimaspian, who by stealth Had from his wakeful custody purloined The guarded gold; so eagerly the Fiend O’er bog or steep, through strait, rough, dense, or rare, With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • There are several fire rings formed from the perfectly round, perfectly white stones purloined from the border of the gravel path.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that it purloined.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • He leaves me tame and grateful for the new language he has purloined from other kings whose granaries are filled and whose libraries are famous.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I took therefore an opportunity of purloining his key from his breeches-pocket, while he was asleep, and thus made myself master of all his riches: after which I again conveyed his key into his pocket, and counterfeiting sleep—though I never once closed my eyes, lay in bed till after he arose and went to prayers—an exercise to which I had long been unaccustomed.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Also he had a friend, a youth by the name of Sparser, somewhat older than himself, who was chauffeur to a wealthy citizen of Kansas City, and who occasionally managed to purloin a car and so accommodate Hegglund in the matter of brief outings here and there; which courtesy, unconventional and dishonest though it might be, still caused Hegglund to feel that he was a wonderful fellow and of much more importance than some of these others, and to lend him in their eyes a luster which hadÖ
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • After a moment, he convinced himself that whatever he heard was nothing and went back to his purloined snack.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The purloined letters and the plan of Fort Washington provided by Demont’s treachery may not have greatly altered the course of events to follow.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • A greatly relieved Mrs. Worthington chats pleasantly with Mademoiselle LeFarge, who clutches her few precious purchases, Cecily’s purloined pearls shining at her neck.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • To escape, Alessandro would have to find some way of appealing to a man whose dream was to copulate with a rhinoceros, steal one of the world’s most famous and, needless to say, conspicuous horses, ride through Vienna in a purloined uniform, work his will on the Ministry of War by speaking German in a Hungarian accent, find and kill an unknown airplane pilot, and get to the Alps, the white and fatal vastness of which he would cross on foot, all so that he might return to Rome.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Those wets who had victoriously withstood the pressure of hearth and pulpit—their number (aiŽ, aiŽ,) was small— went to their death with the gallant swagger, and with the gleam of purloined honor, of men who are to die fighting most desperately against the engulfing mob.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Accordingly, the forger was put to Death; the utterer of a bad note was put to Death; the unlawful opener of a letter was put to Death; the purloiner of forty shillings and sixpence was put to Death; the holder of a horse at Tellson’s door, who made off with it, was put to Death; the coiner of a bad shilling was put to Death; the sounders of three-fourths of the notes in the whole gamut of Crime, were put to Death.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • So we hid it by Purloined Letter method.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • THE PURLOINED LETTER Nil sapientiae odiosius acumine nimio.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • For our own part, we do not think so; it seems to us impossible that the same hand should pluck laurels and purloin the shoes from a dead man.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The individual who purloined it is known; this beyond a doubt; he was seen to take it.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • I thought about the swallowed objects and purloined paychecks and sweet moments of canine-human empathy.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • She had a cloth bag with food purloined from the fridge slung across her chest.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Tradd nervous in the shadows of the south sally port, let us in the barracks an hour before reveille with keys purloined again from the sleeping guard.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • You will now understand what I meant in suggesting that, had the purloined letter been hidden any where within the limits of the Prefect’s examination—in other words, had the principle of its concealment been comprehended within the principles of the Prefect—its discovery would have been a matter altogether beyond question.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • "Objection sustained," ruled Oberwaltzer, although at the time in Jephson’s pocket was a letter from Francis X. Squires, formerly captain of the bell-hops of the Green-Davidson at the time Clyde was there, in which he explained that apart from the one incident in connection with the purloined automobile, he knew nothing derogatory to Clyde; and that always previously, he had found him prompt, honest, willing, alert and well-mannered.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • At length I said,— "Well, but G—, what of the purloined letter?
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
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