NEWLY ZEN thanks to Yoga Janet, well fed by Pop, and now proficient in concrete-mixing as well as rudimentary electrical work, I felt as if I were making the most of this prison thing.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
Ootek had been taught a few words of English by Mike, and his perceptivity was so excellent that we were soon able to establish rudimentary communications.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
That lab was pretty rudimentary but effective.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
He eyed their rudimentary flip chart.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
The roads and rest houses, always rudimentary, had gone; the tourists (foreigners who might be interested in cut-price photographic equipment) hadn’t come.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
Perhaps, she thought with resignation, with mild despair, if she explained the rudimentary part of it to him now, patiently and explicitly, she would get it all over with, and if she was lucky, be spared any further inquisitiveness about more somber and complex matters which she could never describe or reveal to anyone.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I look at their pinafores and hair bows and their rudimentary faces and hands with distaste.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
For the first time in your rudimentary little life, you have a purpose.
Victoria Aveyard -- Red Queen
Brooks was laid on a stretcher, placed on a jeep, and driven to a rudimentary, one-room infirmary.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
Sanitation in the villages is as rudimentary as it gets.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
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It’s rudimentary at best.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
—There is a method in his madness, and the rudimentary idea in my mind is growing.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
To Langdon’s amazement, a rudimentary circle glowed around the curator’s body.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
Eragon’s skills were rudimentary, but he could now read whole pages without asking Brom’s help.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
They didn’t need my rudimentary little pointers.
Randy Pausch -- The Last Lecture
The rudimentary precautions to keep our imprisonment endurable he would not observe.
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
Too often our conversations were less a joyous exchange of affection than a rudimentary exchange of information.
Nicholas Sparks -- Dear John
The processes of disinfection were, at that epoch, extremely rudimentary.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Maybe it was a rudimentary system, but it worked, more or less.
Sarah Dessen -- Just Listen
The relief was elliptical, about three feet long, and carved with a rudimentary face-a depiction of the West Wind as an angel-like countenance.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
Olive also had to practice a rudimentary medicine, for there were constant accidents.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
Two or three times, even, to the great astonishment of his friends, he had, when Aramis allowed some rudimental error to escape him, replaced a verb in its right tense and a noun in its case.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
She had a rudimentary knowledge of the law—it was a subject she had never had occasion to explore—and her faith in the police was generally exiguous.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
If you attentively regard almost any quadruped’s spine, you will be struck with the resemblance of its vertebrae to a strung necklace of dwarfed skulls, all bearing rudimental resemblance to the skull proper.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
I wished I could speak Portuguese, or that my Spanish was less rudimentary, so that I could try to thank this woman who had dared to anger a vampire just to check on me.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
They seemed to me to be rudimental, burrowing men, still standing on their defence, awaiting their transformation.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
She perceived the latter as confused boys of nineteen and twenty who as draftees were involved in a war they did not consider theirs, and who felt a rudimentary responsibility — or, at the very least, guilt — as fathers.
John Hersey -- Hiroshima
’After all, the sanitation and the agriculture of to-day are still in the rudimentary stage.
H.G. Wells -- The Time Machine
His expertise extended only to the most rudimentary runic alphabet—Futhark—a third-century Teutonic system, and this was not Futhark.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
Then, in 1986, pushing forty, he took a vacation in H of A I Colorado, felt the siren song of the heights, and enrolled in a rudimentary mountaineering course in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
No born gentleman, no-one with the most rudimentary promptings of a gentleman would stoop to such particularly loathsome conduct.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
In a little grassy bay between tall clumps of Mediterranean heather, two children, a little boy of about seven and a little girl who might have been a year older, were playing, very gravely and with all the focussed attention of scientists intent on a labour of discovery, a rudimentary sexual game.
Aldous Huxley -- Brave New World
"In the first place, because vertical currents, which are caused by differences in the water’s salinity and density, can produce enough motion to sustain the rudimentary lifestyles of sea lilies and starfish."
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
"I’m looking for Sadhar Khan," Mortenson said, in the rudimentary Dari he’d coaxed Kais to teach him on the drive out of Kabul.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
But the original was there as well’more jaded and rudimentary, functional rather than romantic.
Sarah Dessen -- Lock and Key
Prior to 1900, most poets would have received at least rudimentary elements of a classical education—Latin, some Greek, lots of classical poetry and Dante and Shakespeare—certainly more than your average reader today.
Thomas C. Foster -- How to Read Literature Like a Professor
It would be extremely short and rudimentary, as descriptions of this sort go.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
My eyes moved across all the rudimentary instruments and silent control panels arranged on either side of the cramped walkway.
Kenneth Oppel -- Airborn
He might suffer the least rudimentary twinge of conscience in whatever he did, and in just so far he was evil and sinning.
Theodore Dreiser -- Sister Carrie
Most of the soldiers Eragon had fought on the Burning Plains had possessed certain rudimentary wards intended to shield them from magical attacks, and he suspected these men were likewise equipped.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
Now the bourgeois treasures nothing more highly than the self (rudimentary as his may be).
Hermann Hesse -- Steppenwolf
However, he was the able-bodied servant I needed, and, poor wizard though he is, Wormtail was able to follow the instructions I gave him, which would return me to a rudimentary, weak body of my own, a body I would be able to inhabit while awaiting the essential ingredients for true rebirth … a spell or two of my own invention … a little help from my dear Nagini," Voldemorts red eyes fell upon the continually circling snake, "a potion concocted from unicorn blood, and the snake venom…
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Secondly, these missionaries would gradually, and without creating suspicion or exciting alarm, introduce a rudimentary cleanliness among the nobility, and from them it would work down to the people, if the priests could be kept quiet.
Mark Twain -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
He had the power to charm or frighten rudimentary souls into an aggravated witch-dance in his honor; he could also fill the small souls of the pilgrims with bitter misgivings: he had one devoted friend at least, and he had conquered one soul in the world that was neither rudimentary nor tainted with self-seeking.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
In the absence of an effective general mythology, each of us has his private, unrecognized, rudimentary, yet secretly potent pantheon of dream.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
On a low wooden table set against the wall of the house was a paraffin globe lamp and ranged around it a rudimentary bar.
Ian McEwan -- Atonement
Such camp as there was was rudimentary.
Larry McMurtry -- Lonesome Dove
But as I began to realize that the noises she made with her mouth resembled human speech and were more than rudimentary demands for, or expressions of gratification at, food or copulation, a certain resistance began to grow in me.
Robert Penn Warren -- All the King’s Men
With assistance from the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, Lafontant administered a rather rudimentary one-doctor health clinic in Mirebalais.
Tracy Kidder -- Mountains Beyond Mountains
After the C.O.’s speech, we were handed picks and shovels and given rudimentary instructions as to the mining of lime.