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to my gratification she arrived on time
  great satisfaction (pleasure)
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  • to my gratification she arrived on time
  • dull repetitious work gives me no gratification
  • The ability to delay gratification is an outstanding predictor of success.
  • Americans are accustomed to instant gratification.

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  • he held it rather a punishment, than a gratification, to endure our company
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • So strong was my desire, that I thought a gratification of it would fully compensate for whatever loss of comforts I should sustain by the exchange.
    Frederick Douglass  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
  • Don’t you care a little to gratify your daughter?
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • "It’s very gratifying," he said, often repeating the remark in the course of the evening.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It’s deeply gratifying, Sam, to know that I haven’t been wasting my time in talking to you.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • Do not imagine, Miss Bennet, that your ambition will ever be gratified.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • "Ah - ah - Madam," gasped Uncle Andrew, "I am most honoured - highly gratified - a most unexpected, pleasure—"
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • Working as fast as he could he carefully placed the dried grass and wood pieces he had tried at first on top of the bark and was gratified to see them take.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • ...much more gratified I had my agent Susan Bergholz providing for me rather than a husband.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • Though it’s not regulation, I lift my hand in salute as I pass him, gratified when he nods in return.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I don’t want to give him the gratification of seeing the tears that are making their way down my cheeks.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • The pregnancy news was gratifying, but there is still so much I don’t know.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "I am glad you are here," she whispered into my ear, and after a long and gratifying embrace, I kissed her while the sound of ocean waves seemed to roar their approval.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I showed off my own tattoo, which got gratifying oohs and aahs.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • By the 1980s, he had developed a solid business that didn’t generate a lot of extra money but afforded him a gratifying degree of independence.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The realization often hit in the strangest of places—while pushing the cart in the fruit aisle of the grocery store or standing in line to buy movie tickets—but whenever it happened, it made something as simple as taking her hand an exquisite pleasure, something both momentous and gratifying.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I’ll admit I found the satyr’s reaction gratifying.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • As the husky voice scraped inexorably on, she ventured to raise her head a little, and was gratified to see that Judith too was peeking.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • I think waiting a long time for something makes it more gratifying.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • After four hours or so of sitting—watching other teams pass me—I fed them another snack, got ready to go, and was gratified to see Storm pick up the stick.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • Then it is unanimous, and I must say it is extremely gratifying that my students are sharing such a great concern for the rest of mankind.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The mother of a corporal in the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry was probably not gratified by a letter from her son that listed his duties in the following order of priority: "first my God, second my country, third my mother.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • So after a bit she began to speak to him about it, gratified by the emotionless, truly pedestrian tone she was able to sustain.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Carol is more and more gratified the more bewildered I am.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Knowing him, I thought his main feeling would have been gratification that the wing of Persian antiquities next door had escaped.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "New York," I said —and was gratified at his silent double-take, his lowered eyebrows that said: very cool.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Several years," he answered in a gratified way.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Jace assumed an air of mellow gratification.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Antonio, gratify this gentleman, For in my mind you are much bound to him.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Next to the wall, The Standover Man sat, numb and gratified, like a beautiful itch at Liesel Meminger’s feet.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Napoleon was so gratified that he left his place and came round the table to clink his mug against Mr. Pilkington’s before emptying it.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • So strong was my desire, that I thought a gratification of it would fully compensate for whatever loss of comforts I should sustain by the exchange.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The work in Athens was not nearly as gratifying, but the pay was good, and it afforded me the luxury of taking weeks and months off at a time for my volunteer work.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • This is the time for every man to renounce the thoughts of his petty little problems, of gain, of comfort, of self-gratification.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I catch a glimpse of myself on the television screen on the wall that’s airing my arrival live and feel gratified that I appear almost bored.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • I was gratified to hear that you defended him with your words.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Father, on the other hand, was probably all deeply gratified, just gratified up one side and down the other.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I felt gratified that I could make him squirm, but I tried not to smile.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • After so much time spent in painful labour, to arrive at once at the summit of my desires was the most gratifying consummation of my toils.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • To whom my sister, more for the relief of her own mind than for the gratification of his, related my pretended experiences.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He knew that in her heart his aunt was on her knees to him, and he was morosely gratified by the consciousness of it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • I was beginning to think that I was the subject of some existentialist experiment in permanently delayed gratification when Dr. Maria showed up on Friday morning, sniffed around me for a minute, and told me I was good to go.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Hearing my achievements recited is certainly gratifying, but I’m not sure what your point is, Alec.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • "We could always work out together," I joked halfheartedly, and was gratified to hear the sound of her laugh.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • His ascendants had indulged in hashish, but he preferred a different kind of gratification.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He smiled in deep gratification.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
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