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Perhaps the best known soliloquy is written by Shakespeare in Hamlet:  "To be, or not to be: that is the question..."
  a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
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soliloquy soliloquies
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  • Perhaps the best known soliloquy is written by Shakespeare in Hamlet:  "To be, or not to be: that is the question..."
  • By the end of his soliloquy Hamlet concludes that he should not murder Duncan.
  • These observations were partly addressed to the old gentleman, partly to Kate, and partly delivered in soliloquy.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • The Countess now occupies the stage alone, and indulges in a soliloquy which develops her character.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Haunted Hotel

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  • After Edna’s long soliloquy ended, we continued down the road to Lois’s house.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Through the screen she listened to the flow of Nathan’s soliloquy.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Augustus stopped speaking long enough that I figured the soliloquy was over.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Adam was always very good as Hamlet giving his To Be or Not to Be soliloquy.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • Hamlet’s soliloquy, you know; the most celebrated thing in Shakespeare.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • I had chosen drama simply because I liked Hamlet’s soliloquy beginning, "To be, or not to be."
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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  • "I hope there ain’t, but I can’t make so ’Nation sure of that," said the guard, in gruff soliloquy.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • There was a noise of hobnails on the bricks in the bar, and Mrs. Hall had very reluctantly to leave the rest of his soliloquy.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • "My strength is quite failing me," I said in a soliloquy.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "I am in the midst of a soliloquy! I wrote this out and memorized it and if you interrupt me I will completely screw it up," Augustus interrupted.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • ...for example—the soliloquy which I have tried to transcribe as accurately as I have been able to remember it—is, I am now certain, made up mostly of the truth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Trip and Teren staged a mock sword fight that was one part breathtaking swordplay, one part dramatic soliloquy (provided by Teren), and one part buffoonery that I’m sure Trip must have invented on the spot.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The reason for the soliloquy here is that Morgenstern’s previous book had gotten bombed by the critics and also hadn’t sold beans.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • She would snap her fingers at me and I would pull up a chair for her, and no sooner had she plopped down next to her son’s bed than she would launch into a soliloquy of assaults on the character of his now departed wife.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Louie and the other slaves shoveled and walked in time with Shakespeare’s soliloquies, with Churchill’s vow to fight in the fields and in the streets and in the hills, with Lincoln’s last full measure of devotion.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He soliloquized the while, for it is an error to suppose that the soliloquy is unnatural.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The general’s shattered hip—and all of the ensuing complications, the pneumonia, blood poisoning, the protracted stay at the nursing home—ended Khala Jamila’s long-running soliloquies about her own health.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • They only invited me because I’d finaled in the Shakespeare soliloquy contest and was being flown to London for the competition the next day?’
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • My mother’s fussing soliloquies always irritated and depressed us.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • As the boards shuddered under her weight, the soliloquy she had been muttering in the front hall grew louder and louder, coming clearly to the ears of the family in the dining room.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • ’It’s well the hellish villain has kept his word!’ growled my future host, searching the darkness beyond me in expectation of discovering Heathcliff; and then he indulged in a soliloquy of execrations, and threats of what he would have done had the ’fiend’ deceived him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • And in the course of the soliloquy, she even feels free to comment on the drollness of the course that events are taking ("Won’t that be funny").
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • "I can do so little—have I done it all well?" is the perpetually recurring thought; and there are no voices calling her away from that soliloquy, no peremptory demands to divert energy from vain regret or superfluous scruple.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • "I understand," continued Mordred, in what was almost a soliloquy, "that our liege lord himself must watch the execution from this window."
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • As he recited his improvised soliloquy, Saphira received another cut upon her left flank.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • To mend the matter, Hamlet’s aunt had the family failing of indulging in soliloquy, and held forth in a desultory manner, by herself, on every topic that was introduced.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I took the pistols, scarcely knowing what I did, or believing what I heard, while Dupin went on, very much as if in a soliloquy.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • But much as he enjoyed the first fond soliloquies about Pope John Paul, Mortenson learned that, after enough vodka, Dudzinski simply spoke to no one in particular.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • "My dear, dear anxious friend,"—said she, in mental soliloquy, while walking downstairs from her own room, "always overcareful for every body’s comfort but your own; I see you now in all your little fidgets, going again and again into his room, to be sure that all is right."
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • …impatient of a delay that seemed fraught with so much additional danger, Heyward drew still nigher to the dusky group, with an intention of making his offers of compensation more definite, when the white man, motioning with his hand, as if he conceded the disputed point, turned away, saying in a sort of soliloquy, and in the English tongue: "Uncas is right! it would not be the act of men to leave such harmless things to their fate, even though it breaks up the harboring place forever.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • She did not answer, but went on, in a tone which was a soliloquy rather than an exclamation, and a dirge rather than a soliloquy.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Now for my soliloquy.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • When important thought doesn’t have to be soliloquy, I know how valuable an occasion that is.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • This woman was not given to soliloquy; but extremity of feeling lessens the individuality of the weak, as it increases that of the strong.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The close of this was said in a sort of a soliloquy, as the young man went in quest of the fallen rifle.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • At length, with a deep sigh, he exclaimed, as if in a soliloquy, "And dis all cum ob de goole-bug! de putty goole bug! de poor little goole-bug, what I boosed in dat sabage kind ob style!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • There was a muttered exclamation which ended this inward soliloquy, as Stephen threw away the end of his last cigar, and thrusting his hands into his pockets, stalked along at a quieter pace through the shrubbery.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • This was exactly what no one would have expected, and of course villains were not announced with hisses or soliloquies, they did not come cloaked in black, with ugly expressions.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • And Ralph always wound up these mental soliloquies by arriving at the conclusion, that there was nothing like money.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The evil conscience and the shaken nerves of Front-de-Boeuf heard, in this strange interruption to his soliloquy, the voice of one of those demons, who, as the superstition of the times believed, beset the beds of dying men to distract their thoughts, and turn them from the meditations which concerned their eternal welfare.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • At length, Jones, being weary of soliloquy, addressed himself to his companion, and blamed him for his taciturnity; for which the poor man very honestly accounted, from his fear of giving offence.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I scribble Nathaniel’s musings in my spiral notebook, trying to keep up with a running soliloquy that is somewhat reminiscent of Joseph Mitchell’s Professor Sea Gull character.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Their generally quiet, yet often brisk, and constantly diversified talk, one to another, or sometimes in soliloquy,—as they scratched worms out of the rich, black soil, or pecked at such plants as suited their taste,—had such a domestic tone, that it was almost a wonder why you could not establish a regular interchange of ideas about household matters, human and gallinaceous.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • It was not until the murderer’s long soliloquy that we were able to look around; frozen as we were in profile, our eyes searched you out, first confidently, then hesitantly, then desperately as each patch of turf, each log, every exposed corner in every direction proved uninhabited, and all the while the murderous King addressed the horizon with his dreary interminable guilt….
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • The time approaches when these soliloquies shall be shared.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
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