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The darkness of natural as well as of sylvan dusk gathered over me.
Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
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  • The darkness of natural as well as of sylvan dusk gathered over me.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Laugh at woe and laugh at foe, Menoa’s scion now is safe this night! A forest child we lost to strife; A sylvan daughter caught by life!
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Frodo could understand little of what was said, for the speech that the Silvan folk east of the mountains used among themselves was unlike that of the West.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The hills which form its shores are so steep, and the woods on them were then so high, that, as you looked down from the west end, it had the appearance of an amphitheatre for some land of sylvan spectacle.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden

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  • It was cool beneath the heartleaves; cool and cpiet and motionless as a sylvan stage set.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • It was most lovely and pleasant in those sylvan solitudes in the early cool morning in the first freshness of autumn.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • All this sylvan antiquity, however, though visible from The Slopes, was outside the immediate boundaries of the estate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The diminished list of competitors for silvan fame still amounted to eight.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Whether it be the tinkle of a lone sheep bell o’er some quiet landscape, or the glimmer of beauty in sylvan places, or the show of soul in some passing eye, the heart knows and makes answer, following.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • There was a sylvan attitude of somnolent sleepiness pervading that section of the external outward surface of Alabama that lay exposed to my view.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief

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  • But being shy and retiring persons, with no natural inclination for their part, they lived as much as possible in the sylvan solitude of Skuytercliff, and when they came to town, declined all invitations on the plea of Mrs. van der Luyden’s health.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • By the end of this time the raft had disappeared, and night was beginning to throw her shadows once more over the whole sylvan scene.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • So on he fares, and to the border comes Of Eden, where delicious Paradise, Now nearer, crowns with her enclosure green, As with a rural mound, the champaign head Of a steep wilderness, whose hairy sides With thicket overgrown, grotesque and wild, Access denied; and overhead upgrew Insuperable height of loftiest shade, Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, A sylvan scene, and, as the ranks ascend, Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The attitude revealed the long slope of her slender sides, which gave a kind of wild-wood grace to her outline—as though she were a captured dryad subdued to the conventions of the drawing-room; and Selden reflected that it was the same streak of sylvan freedom in her nature that lent such savour to her artificiality.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • There were equally excellent opportunities for vacationists in the home island, delightful sylvan spots for rejuvenation, offering a plethora of attractions as well as a bracing tonic for the system in and around Dublin and its picturesque environs even, Poulaphouca to which there was a steamtram, but also farther away from the madding crowd in Wicklow, rightly termed the garden of Ireland, an ideal neighbourhood for elderly wheelmen so long as it didn’t come down, and in the wilds of
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Above the antique mantel was displayed As though a window gave upon the sylvan scene 98 The change of Philomel, by the barbarous king 99 So rudely forced; yet there the nightingale 100 Filled all the desert with inviolable voice And still she cried, and still the world pursues, ’Jug Jug’ to dirty ears.
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Waste Land
  • Drowsy summer enfolded the sylvan scene.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Betwixt two rows of rocks a sylvan scene Appears above, and groves for ever green: A grot is form’d beneath, with mossy seats, To rest the Nereids, and exclude the heats.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Thus the incident of the buffalo coming down to drink had upset Milly’s short period of revel in the sylvan place.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • One Sunday they had all gone with a tea-basket into the forest, and when they came to a glade which was suitably sylvan, Miss Chalice, because it was idyllic, insisted on taking off her shoes and stockings.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The shore of the Wooded Island was just now beginning to burst forth in a dense profusion of new leaves and blossoms, and the Japanese temple, the Hoo-den, crafted in Japan and assembled by Japanese artisans, detracted little from the sylvan effect.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • She lives wild in the inner ghetto, a slice of the South Bronx called the Wall—a girl who forages in empty lots for discarded clothes, plucks spoiled fruit from garbage bags behind bodegas, who is sometimes seen running through the trees and weeds, a shadow on the rubbled walls of demolished structures, unstumbling, a tactful runner with the sweet and easy stride of some creature of sylvan myth.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Yet, so long as it is the highest circle, in the imagination of the best heads on the planet, there is something necessary and excellent in it; for it is not to be supposed that men have agreed to be the dupes of anything preposterous; and the respect which these mysteries inspire in the most rude and sylvan characters, and the curiosity with which details of high life are read, betray the universality of the love of cultivated manners.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I used to go regularly into the Sylvan Mercantile and smell every perfume bottle they had, trying to identify it.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Much of our understanding of mind reading comes from two remarkable scientists, a teacher and his pupil: Silvan Tomkins and Paul Ekman.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • They picnicked at Burchillville and Sylvan Grove, listened while the high school band played sluggish Sousa marches, and sprawled under trees drinking port wine.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • 3 The log at the wood-pile, the axe supported by it, The sylvan hut, the vine over the doorway, the space clear’d for garden, The irregular tapping of rain down on the leaves after the storm is lull’d, The walling and moaning at intervals, the thought of the sea, The thought of ships struck in the storm and put on their beam ends, and the cutting away of masts, The sentiment of the huge timbers of old-fashion’d houses and barns, The remember’d print or narrative, the voyage at a
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • It’s the Dryads and Hamadryads and Silvans," said Trufflehunter.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • T. Ray and I lived just outside Sylvan, South Carolina, population 3,100.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Well actually, I did pretend to groan, but inside I was as thrilled as if I’d been crowned Sylvan’s Peach Queen.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • There, while I went to crop the sylvan scenes, And shade our altar with their leafy greens, I pull’d a plant— with horror I relate A prodigy so strange and full of fate.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • High on a sylvan throne the leader sate; A num’rous train attend in solemn state.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Solitude she had always yearned for, but beauty and nature, the sweetness of sylvan scene and melody of birds, as now revealed to her, had not heretofore been part of her experience.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • We came into Sylvan on the worst side of town.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Usually the only time the police in Sylvan got to use their guns was when they got called out to shoot rattlesnakes in people’s yards.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Sylvan Memorial Hospital was a low brick building with one wing for whites and one for blacks.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • We didn’t have any in Sylvan—only Baptists and Methodists—but we got instructions in case we met them in our travels.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Tiburon was a place like Sylvan, minus the peaches.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I had no idea what sort of denomination Orthodox Eclectic was, but I nodded like we had a big group of them back in Sylvan.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • That Mary would stand in for me back home in Sylvan so T. Ray wouldn’t notice I was gone?
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • When next the Sun his rising light displays, And gilds the world below with purple rays, The queen, Aeneas, and the Tyrian court Shall to the shady woods, for sylvan game, resort.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Sylvan was miles away.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • To the best archer a prize was to be awarded, being a bugle-horn, mounted with silver, and a silken baldric richly ornamented with a medallion of St Hubert, the patron of silvan sport.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The Sylvan newspaper had called it a "Luna-tic Vision."
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • In Sylvan we’d had a rumor at the first of the summer about a busload of people from New York City showing up to integrate the city pool.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Because of you I can’t walk down the street in Sylvan without people staring at me.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I am constructing a spiraling trail of honey across a room that seems to be in the honey house one minute and the next in my bedroom back in Sylvan.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • The jail in Tiburon did not have curtains like the one in Sylvan.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • It looked like the same ones as Sylvan.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I hadn’t expected this, as all the people I knew in Sylvan had their dead loved ones go straight from the funeral home to the graveyard.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
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