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It’s a spartan building with a corrugated steel roof that shakes so badly when a plane passes overhead, she half expects it to collapse.
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spartan spartanly
Comes from the Spartan people of ancient Greece who were noted for living life with few material comforts.
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  • It’s a spartan building with a corrugated steel roof that shakes so badly when a plane passes overhead, she half expects it to collapse.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • It is an unnerving thing, but when I was underneath the water, gliding in that black chill, my mind’s eye suddenly seemed to carry to a perspective high above, from where I could see the exacting, telling shapes of all: the spartan surfaces of the pool deck, the tight-clipped manicures of the garden, the venerable house and trees, the fetching, narrow street.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Mr. Curtain’s desk, a dullpolished, Spartan metal affair, was carefully organized with file boxes and short stacks of paper.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Even Roger’s office at company headquarters is pretty spartan."
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • Werner makes his way alone to a spartan hostel six blocks away, where he rents a bed for two marks a night and lies among muttering itinerants and listens to the pigeons and bells and shuddering traffic of Essen.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • A lover of flowers and solitude, she seemed perfectly adapted to the Spartan existence on Yamacraw.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • They kept the camp’s enormous stadium lights on at all hours of the night; the lights stood like giants across the camp, but all they reminded me of were night football games, the smell of fresh cut grass, and the back of my dad’s red Spartan sweater as he yelled for his old high school’s team to run some damn offense at the top of his lungs.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Annabeth had insisted on checking the archaeology museum, then the giant metal statue of the Spartan warrior in the public square, then the National Museum of Olives and Olive Oil (yes, that was a real thing).
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • During his senior year at Emory, Chris lived off campus in his bare, spartan room furnished with milk crates and a mattress on the floor.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The room was spartan—hardwood floors, a pine dresser, a canvas mat in the corner that served as his bed.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • This couple goes for a spartan look, and I’m grateful.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The decor was spartan, with a desk and functional bookcases and cheap office furniture.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Josie’s room, in comparison, was spartan.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • It was spartan to the point of poverty.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Our hut is at the edge of a field that stretches as far as I can see and is filled with an army of spartan plants fighting in the wind.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Stralbo’s cabin was a spartan affair.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Years later, in the grip of self-myth and deep remoteness, Hitler kept a portrait of his mother in his spartan quarters at Obersalzberg.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • When his mother had said more or less the same thing, the first time his parents had visited the apartment, he’d argued with her, hotly defending the merits of his spartan, solitary existence.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • In contrast to the elaborate living area, this was spartan.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The office was spartan, streamlined, and quiet as a church.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • The house itself is spartan, no frills.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • My father was spartan, ascetic, puritanical.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • The degree of sophistication in those surroundings was even more impressive for being so spartan.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Though his home office wasn’t quite as spartan as the one at Cop Central, it was obvious that Whitney kept his wife’s lush feminine taste at bay here.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • And as we sat down, my mother cracked two eggs into my father’s bowl, one into mine, and then took her seat between us at the table before her spartan plate of last night’s rice and kimchee and cold mackerel (she only ate leftovers at lunch), and then we shut our eyes and clasped our hands, my mother always holding mine extra tight, and I could taste on my face the rich steam of soup and the call of my hungry father offering up his most patient prayers to his God.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Major — de Coverley, a Spartan in adversity, did not flinch once throughout the whole hideous ordeal.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • When he trusted his superiors and their purpose, he obeyed like a Spartan, imposing on himself the kind of discipline he demanded of his own subjects in the gang.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • During the reading of this, which was long, the public attention was continually drawn towards Andrea, who bore the inspection with Spartan unconcern.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • We have made our calculations with Spartan economy, and we each require fifteen hundred livres.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • On third and inches inside their own twenty, the Spartan quarterback faked a handoff to the fullback.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • And upon coming to the north, I expected to meet with a rough, hard-handed, and uncultivated population, living in the most Spartan-like simplicity, knowing nothing of the ease, luxury, pomp, and grandeur of southern slaveholders.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • A helot of Agesilaus made us a dish of Spartan broth, but I was not able to get down a second spoonful.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • And he’ll have to put up with rather Spartan accommodations in the attic, because my library has grown a great deal over the last few years.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • There was no trace, however, of anything of the kind, nor could I discover any sign which might indicate the character or intentions of the man who lived in this singular place, save that he must be of Spartan habits and cared little for the comforts of life.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • So, with Spartan firmness, the young authoress laid her first-born on her table, and chopped it up as ruthlessly as any ogre.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • THESEUS My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind, So flew’d, so sanded; and their heads are hung With ears that sweep away the morning dew; Crook-knee’d and dew-lap’d like Thessalian bulls; Slow in pursuit, but match’d in mouth like bells, Each under each.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The finale was supposed to be a couple of hundred-foot-tall Spartan warriors who would crackle to life above the ocean, fight a battle, then explode into a million colors.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Remember that you are visiting a kind of Spartan military mess.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I’m no Spartan and hold up an anemic wrist to prove it.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • The clean, Spartan room was redolent of Sunday.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Mr. Clutter enjoyed the chore, and was excellent at it-no woman in Kansas baked a better loaf of salt-rising bread, and his celebrated coconut cookies were the first item to go at charity cake sales-but he was not a hearty eater; unlike his fellow ranchers, he even preferred Spartan breakfasts.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I-I’m not criticizing, understand that! I know your ambitions do not lie in the warehouse, that like everybody in the whole wide worldyou’ve had to-make sacrifices, but— Tom-Tom-life’s not easy, it calls for-Spartan endurance!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Now, if what you want from me is fighting, make all the other Trojans and Akhaians down their arms; let Menelaos alone and me, between the lines, in single combat, duel for Helen and the Spartan gold.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The city-state is threatened from the outside by Spartan aggression and from the inside by leaders who, whatever their virtues, sure aren’t Theseus.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He is practically a total abstainer and I can affirm that he sleeps on a straw litter and eats the most Spartan food, cold dried grocer’s peas.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And having arrived at this Spartan decision Mr. Welland firmly took up his fork.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • It was a test of mental and physical toughness far fairer - but no less stringent - than the Spartan exposure of new-born babies.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • THE BEDROOM GIVEN TO Lou WAS SPARTAN and also the only room on the second floor, accessed by a rear staircase.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • As opposed to the maternal ideas, he had a certain virile idea of childhood on which he sought to mould his son, wishing him to be brought up hardily, like a Spartan, to give him a strong constitution.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He determined to play the Spartan; to make the best of it, and support her; but he could not write the requested good wishes for a day or two.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
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