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In this way an incident, which most had felt could never be surmounted and which no doubt would destroy the marriage, was cemented over.
Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
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  • In this way an incident, which most had felt could never be surmounted and which no doubt would destroy the marriage, was cemented over.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I repeated Chairman Mao’s quotation, "Be resolute, fear no sacrifice, and surmount every difficulty to win victory."
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • As long as blacks and whites remained apart—with the whites singing "Dixie" and the blacks singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," with the whites getting scholarships and the blacks getting jobs picking cotton and tomatoes, with the whites going to college and the blacks eating MoonPies and drinking Dr Pepper—the Piedmonts and the Benningtons could weather any storm or surmount any threat.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It was surmounted by a portrait of Napoleon, in profile, executed by Squealer in white paint.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm

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  • The word reached his ear as a wave which he no longer had the strength to surmount passed over his head.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But crazed with thirst and hunger he will surmount his fear, and he will do whatever is necessary to appease his need.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He wore a profusion of ribbons on his garment, and gold lace on his hat, which was also encircled by a gold chain, and surmounted with a feather.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Upon the top of the bank was a low brick wall, surmounted by an iron railing.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The ascent is precipitous, but the path is cut into continual and short windings, which enable you to surmount the perpendicularity of the mountain.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And yet it’s good that we have to surmount them, since it makes the end that much more beautiful.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl

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  • It was a brick wall surmounted with a huge boost from a mentor and some sincere groveling.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Below, though the threads were in places blurred or broken, the outline could be seen of an anvil and a hammer surmounted by a crown with seven stars.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • "As to that," cried d’Artagnan, after a moment of reflection, "I shall surmount it, be assured."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The most usual feature of the rock was a pink cliff surmounted by a skewed block; and that again surmounted, and that again, till the pinkness became a stack of balanced rock projecting through the looped fantasy of the forest creepers.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • On the left, in the foreground, a counter, surmounted by a stand in forged iron, on which are hung geese, ducks, and water peacocks.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • In the centre was a hillock or tumulus, surmounted by a scorched hawthorn.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Illumination came from a roaring fire beneath a handsome marble mantelpiece surmounted by a gilded mirror.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • She was resolved against any sort of conversation with him, and turned away with a degree of ill-humour which she could not wholly surmount even in speaking to Mr. Bingley, whose blind partiality provoked her.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • It picked its road as it went striding along, and the brazen hood that surmounted it moved to and fro with the inevitable suggestion of a head looking about.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • A few minutes later we had reached the lodge-gates, a maze of fantastic tracery in wrought iron, with weather-bitten pillars on either side, blotched with lichens, and surmounted by the boars’ heads of the Baskervilles.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The administrative board of Radcliffe did not realize how difficult they were making my examinations, nor did they understand the peculiar difficulties I had to surmount.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • As these, again, were surmounted by tall trees, which appeared to totter on the brows of the precipice, it gave the stream the appearance of running through a deep and narrow dell.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Then he advanced to the stockade, threw over his crutch, got a leg up, and with great vigour and skill succeeded in surmounting the fence and dropping safely to the other side.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Thereafter within three suns it behoves this to fall, and the other to surmount through the force of one who even now is tacking.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • For mile after mile the trenches encircled the town, red gashes surmounted by red mounds, waiting for the men who would fill them.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • John Erik Snyte designed the small semi-Gothic spire surmounted by a cross, and the bandcourses of stylized acanthus leaves which were cut into the limestone of the walls.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • My eye passed all other objects to rest on those most remote, the blue peaks; it was those I longed to surmount; all within their boundary of rock and heath seemed prison-ground, exile limits.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And with his soiled and disordered dress, his red and inflamed features surmounted by the dingy rag with its spot of blood, his wildly swinging rifle, and banging accouterments, he looked to be an insane soldier.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • You must see this slave, this black Aristotle, moving slowly, with sweet patience, with a patience not of mere man, but of God-inspired faith-see him moving slowly as he surmounts each and every opposition.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • I marvelled more and more at the wonderful way in which this girl had surmounted obstacles, the quarter of which would completely have appalled the generality of her sex.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The general smiled the quiet smile of one who has faced an obstacle and surmounted it with success.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • His face all at once took an expression of anger from the effort he was making to surmount his shyness.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Kunthi was different from the other women, quieter, more reserved, and for all that we tried to be at ease with her there was a barrier which we could not surmount.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • They left the high-road, by a well-remembered lane, and soon approached a mansion of dull red brick, with a little weathercock-surmounted cupola, on the roof, and a bell hanging in it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • But Oliver’s thoughts, like those of most other people, although they were extremely ready and active to point out his difficulties, were wholly at a loss to suggest any feasible mode of surmounting them; so, after a good deal of thinking to no particular purpose, he changed his little bundle over to the other shoulder, and trudged on.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • After surmounting your unconquerable horror of the bed, you will retire to rest, and get a few hours’ unquiet slumber.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • In cold weather he was distinguished by a fur cap, surmounted with a flaunting fox’s tail; and when the folks at a country gathering descried this well-known crest at a distance, whisking about among a squad of hard riders, they always stood by for a squall.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • I heard that Tull’s bridge was gone; I said "Thanks, O Lord, O Mighty Ruler of all"; for by those dangers and difficulties which I should have to surmount I saw that He had not abandoned me; that my reception again into His holy peace and love would be the sweeter for it.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Oh, how I would have spent all the energy of which I am capable, surmounted everything, overcome everything!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The pilasters are surmounted by globes which resemble cannon-balls of stone.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The dogs fall silent at the edge of my spell, and where the king’s hall surmounts the town, the blind old Shaper, harp clutched tight to his fragile chest, stares futilely down, straight at me.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • In fact, I was for some time of the opinion that this huge challenge ahead of us could not be surmounted without my bringing in additional staff from outside.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • She knew from the effort, the rise in his voice to surmount a difficult word that it was the first time he had said "we."
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • And at his last stop on the island, at the high seawall the Marines had to surmount to get onto Tarawa, Howlin’ Mad saw an example of Marine valor.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He hath, I believe, surmounted the persecution of his enemies in Palestine, and is on the eve of returning to England, where you, lady, must know better than I, what is his chance of happiness.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • ’You find us, Copperfield,’ said Mr. Micawber, with one eye on Traddles, ’at present established, on what may be designated as a small and unassuming scale; but, you are aware that I have, in the course of my career, surmounted difficulties, and conquered obstacles.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • She rejoiced at the way in which the poor and virtuous eventually surmounted the wealthy and wicked.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Think of a lion that some shepherd wounds but lightly as he leaps into a fold: the man who roused his might cannot repel him but dives into his shelter, while his flocks, abandoned, are all driven wild; in heaps huddled they are to lie, torn carcasses, before the escaping lion at one bound surmounts the palisade.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • They drove down Bellevue Avenue and turned in between the chamfered wooden gate-posts surmounted by cast-iron lamps which marked the approach to the Welland villa.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Then Sir Galahad dressed him in midst of the meadow, and began to break spears marvellously, that all men had wonder of him; for he there surmounted all other knights, for within a while he had defouled many good knights of the Table Round save twain, that was Sir Launcelot and Sir Percivale.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
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