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And after all, bargains and subterfuge are a way of life for him.
Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
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  • And after all, bargains and subterfuge are a way of life for him.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • You’ll get tired of this subterfuge.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But I don’t bother with any subterfuge—no sunglasses, no cap.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • You are shocked that I have proposed a subterfuge.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • Why the subterfuge?
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Subterfuge is much easier.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • No subterfuge was necessary: immediately after eating, Raymond had gone back to his study.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • What fine handiwork of subterfuge did you create in order that your skin might be saved while the others went up in smoke?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I think of subterfuges: examining his shirts for perfume, tailing him along the street, hiding in the closet and jumping out, red-hot with discovery.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I was outraged by her subterfuge yet couldn’t understand why.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John

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  • I was in a panic because I’m not built for subterfuge and deception.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • I was concerned about all this subterfuge.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • I’m not new to the ways of subterfuge and secrecy, you know.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Despite his subterfuge, Arya appeared unconvinced.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • You re involved now, more’s the pity, so the time for lies and subterfuge is past.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • But I thought of the Seeker’s skeptical face, her bulging eyes bright with suspicion, and knew my inept attempts at subterfuge would fail.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • He had no real need of this subterfuge to know what she was thinking, but he thought it would be a good way for Tita to start communicating with the world again, if only in writing.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • She wasn’t able to endure being at a disadvantage and, given this unwillingness, I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard, jaunty body.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I remembered Mrs Van Hopper’s warning of the night before about putting myself forward and was embarrassed that he might think my talk of Monaco was a subterfuge to win a lift.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • "Excuse my little subterfuge," said the countess, in reply to her companion’s half-reproachful observation on the subject; "but that horrid man had made me feel quite uncomfortable, and I longed to be alone, that I might compose my startled mind."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This was difficult, for Scarlett had not a subtle bone in her body; and Gerald was so much like her he never failed to penetrate her weak subterfuges, even as she penetrated his.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I like a straightforward course, and am always reluctant to resort to subterfuges.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • But he was remembering the words of the legend: "The Lisan al-Gaib shall see through all subterfuge."
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • As she conversed with her girl friends every afternoon when they came to embroider on the porch, she tried to think of new subterfuges.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • And suddenly, in the space of two minutes she achieved her victory and justified herself to herself without lie or subterfuge, cut the cord forever.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • This subterfuge would be assisted by the fact of his staying at Corbin castle, instead of at the actual place of the tournament.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He appears as a benign being, a peace-maker, but not always a reliable friend, for, like so many exponents of primitive wisdom, he enjoyed tricks and subterfuges and on occasion was not devoid of malice.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • He cared little that he was in mortal sin, that his life had grown to be a tissue of subterfuge and falsehood.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Any poor subterfuge’ll do; and welcome to ’em.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • But the harassed and unfeeling teachers assured each other that this was just a subterfuge for a child to get out of the classroom for a little while.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The prosecutor positively smiled at the "innocence of this subterfuge."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • But that afternoon he asked himself, with his infinite capacity for illusion, if such pitiless indifference might not be a subterfuge for hiding the torments of love.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • That is to say, there is no subterfuge implied in such an action, and I for one had no intention of overhearing to the extent I did that evening.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • I knew only I was as powerfully drawn to him as before; and to some extent the words I spoke now were a subterfuge.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • I admit that our meeting as strangers prevented a sense of relationship, and that it was a sort of subterfuge to avail myself of it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Thou didst address thyself to my simplicity, thou didst lay siege to my virtue, thou wert not ignorant of my station, well dost thou know how I yielded wholly to thy will; there is no ground or reason for thee to plead deception, and if it be so, as it is, and if thou art a Christian as thou art a gentleman, why dost thou by such subterfuges put off making me as happy at last as thou didst at first?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The subterfuges people have used to get their parents here—wow, pretty ingenious.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Maggie felt her heart leap at this subterfuge of Philip’s, and there passed over her face that almost imperceptible shock which accompanies any relief.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • ’We’ve been through too much together for such a third-rate subterfuge — I’d never get away with it with you.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Chicanery, subterfuge, had hardly a place in the streets of this honest borough to all appearance; and it was said that the lawyers in the Court House hard by occasionally threw in strong arguments for the other side out of pure generosity (though apparently by mischance) when advancing their own.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Just now he appeared disburdened of pain, but Ralph could not rid himself of a suspicion that this was a subterfuge of the enemy, who was waiting to take him off his guard.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • And now, also without so many of the former phases or attempts at subterfuge, which had previously characterized her curiosity in regard to him, she was at times openly seeking him out and making opportunities for social contact.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Perceiving that no respite, nor reprieve, nor subterfuge was possible, he bravely decided upon his course of action; he wound his right foot round his left leg, raised himself on his left foot, and stretched out his arm: but at the moment when his hand touched the manikin, his body, which was now supported upon one leg only, wavered on the stool which had but three; he made an involuntary effort to support himself by the manikin, lost his balance, and fell heavily to the ground,…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She must have taken it almost from under her father’s nose (it was a small store and he was his own clerk and from any point in it he could see any other point) with that amoral boldness, that affinity for brigandage of women, but more likely, or so I would like to think, by some subterfuge of such bald and desperate transparence concocted by innocence that its very simplicity fooled him.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • …thatblending of childlike and ready incompetence and paradoxical reliability that tends and protects them it loves out of allreason and robs them steadily and evades responsibilityand obligations by means toobarefaced to be called subterfuge even and is taken in theft or evasion with only that frankand spontaneousadmiration for the victor which a gentleman feels for anyone who beats him in a fair contest,and withal a fond and unflagging tolerance for whitefolks’ vagaries like…
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • She attempted by a subterfuge, if not to eliminate altogether their commercial banality, at least to minimise it, to substitute for the bulk of it what was art still, to introduce, as it might be, several ’thicknesses’ of art; instead of photographs of Chartres Cathedral, of the Fountains of Saint-Cloud, or of Vesuvius she would inquire of Swann whether some great painter had not made pictures of them, and preferred to give me photographs of ’Chartres Cathedral’ after Corot, of the…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Now I say there is a grinning, there is a subterfuge.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Is the subterfuge good enough, Machiavelli?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • No such subterfuge was possible for Stannis.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • It’s harmless subterfuge to allow me some much needed rest.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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