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Whereas the phrase "till death us do part" is one of the more amusing mockeries in the nuptial arrangements of a large proportion of the human race, with wolves it is a simple fact.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
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Although "nuptial" is an adjective, "nuptials" is a noun meaning "wedding ceremony and festivities".
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  • Whereas the phrase "till death us do part" is one of the more amusing mockeries in the nuptial arrangements of a large proportion of the human race, with wolves it is a simple fact.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • On the wedding night the bride prayed for half an hour beside the bed and then started singing hymns, so Vere departed, foregoing nuptial bliss, and for the rest of her life the poor woman had a sign above her door which read "Unloved.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Afterward, I was never entirely sure why Will changed his mind about Alicia and Rupert’s nuptials.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • It’s like eighty-nine days till the nuptials and every high muckamuck in Florin has to give a ’do’ for the couple, and what Morgenstern fills his pages with is how the various richies of the time entertained.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • She was still totally absorbed in Nathan, so much so that even the sad nuptial garments she had transported so far had some huge importance to her that was both tactile and symbolic.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "It’s called Nuptial Law," Klaus said, "and I learned many interesting things while reading it."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • When we lived with him, you read all about nuptial law to find out about his plan, and I invented a grappling hook to put a stop to it.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • The day was fair, the wind favourable; all smiled on our nuptial embarkation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • This was the great nuptial gift from the U.S. to the Congo—financing the construction of the Inga-Shaba.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Sure enough, there’s Caesar Flickerman, speaking before a standing-room-only crowd in front of the Training Center, talking to an appreciative crowd about my upcoming nuptials.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire

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  • Demetrius, and Egeus, go along; I must employ you in some business Against our nuptial, and confer with you Of something nearly that concerns yourselves.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • It formed part of the nuptial present he made his wife, and it is magnificent.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • ’tis not so much, ’tis not so much: ’tis since the nuptial of Lucentio, Come Pentecost as quickly as it will, Some five-and-twenty years; and then we mask’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Don’t economize on the nuptials, do not prune them of their splendors; don’t scrimp CHAPTER VI.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Attempting to do so, she thought of those long-past days in a distant land, when he used to emerge at eventide from the seclusion of his study and sit down in the firelight of their home, and in the light of her nuptial smile.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • In one of the aristocratic mansions built by Puget in the Rue du Grand Cours opposite the Medusa fountain, a second marriage feast was being celebrated, almost at the same hour with the nuptial repast given by Dantes.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Behold, there stand the caskets, noble Prince: If you choose that wherein I am contain’d, Straight shall our nuptial rites be solemniz’d; But if you fail, without more speech, my lord, You must be gone from hence immediately.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Edward’s family and my family were taking care of the nuptials together without my having to do or know or think too hard about any of it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He begins with congratulations on the approaching nuptials of my eldest daughter, of which, it seems, he has been told by some of the good-natured, gossiping Lucases.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The nuptials were prepared.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • "In this case," said he, "it will be only to say ’yes,’ and no consequences can follow the utterance of the word, for the nuptial couch of this marriage must be the grave."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Pedro quickly proposed they leave the consummation of the nuptials for another night.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • But here’s a strange nuptial night.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It might have been merely one more mode in which a stronger self preyed upon a weaker—as it is, indeed, among the spiders where the bride concludes her nuptials by eating her groom.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He was sleek and snowy and shining, like an eel preparing for its nuptial journey to the Sargasso Sea, for the time of Nimue was at hand.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Not the white bull Jupiter swimming away with ravished Europa clinging to his graceful horns; his lovely, leering eyes sideways intent upon the maid; with smooth bewitching fleetness, rippling straight for the nuptial bower in Crete; not Jove, not that great majesty Supreme! did surpass the glorified White Whale as he so divinely swam.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They shall be married to-morrow; and I will bid the duke to the nuptial.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • This looks not like a nuptial.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • It is Othello’s pleasure, our noble and valiant general, that upon certain tidings now arrived, importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet, every man put himself into triumph; some to dance, some to make bonfires, each man to what sport and revels his addiction leads him: for, besides these beneficial news, it is the celebration of his nuptial:—so much was his pleasure should be proclaimed.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • He had been married scarcely two months, but she realized at once that things were not going well in the nuptial bed, and she had the delicious pleasure of vengeance fulfilled.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The nuptials of our hero, thus formally approved by his father, were celebrated in the most august of temples, the noble Minster of York.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Her mother could not repress her consciousness of the nuptial vision conjured up by the girl’s consent.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The details of Balti nuptials varied from village to village, but the central feature of each ceremony he’d witnessed remained much the same—the anguish of the bride at leaving her family forever.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Senhor Enrique Flor presided at the organ with his wellknown ability and, in addition to the prescribed numbers of the nuptial mass, played a new and striking arrangement of Woodman, spare that tree at the conclusion of the service.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • On and on went this nuptial dance.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • It was whispered about the country that shortly after the nuptials the bride found among her husband’s papers several rough and incomplete drafts of the fatal letter, and had accused him of precipitating the marriage—and Sir Richard’s death, too—by a wicked forgery.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Your guests are coming: Lift up your countenance, as it were the day Of celebration of that nuptial which We two have sworn shall come.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • I promise you, the effects he writes of succeed unhappily: as of unnaturalness between the child and the parent; death, dearth, dissolutions of ancient amities; divisions in state, menaces and maledictions against king and nobles; needless diffidences, banishment of friends, dissipation of cohorts, nuptial breaches, and I know not what.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • She let him into her k’ang and he eagerly began the nuptials.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Shortly after which oration, as they were going on a nuptial trip to Lyons, in order that Mr. Bounderby might take the opportunity of seeing how the Hands got on in those parts, and whether they, too, required to be fed with gold spoons; the happy pair departed for the railroad.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • The ringers at East Egdon were announcing the nuptials of Eustacia and her son.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • A crisis in a heroine’s life could be made to coincide with hailstones, gales and thunder, whereas nuptials were generally blessed with good light and soft breezes.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • I am heartily glad for you, my dear fellow, and will dance at your wedding with the greatest goodwill in the world, provided that I am in your vicinity when the nuptials take place.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • When I tell you that my nuptial mass is written …. wait till you hear the KYRIE….
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Of all the events of Elder Sister’s marriage, what I remember most is when she returned after a nuptial visit to her husband’s home the following spring.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • …Highness and your train To my poor cell, where you shall take your rest For this one night; which—part of it—I’ll waste With such discourse as, I not doubt, shall make it Go quick away; the story of my life And the particular accidents gone by Since I came to this isle: and in the morn I’ll bring you to your ship, and so to Naples, Where I have hope to see the nuptial Of these our dear-belov’d solemnized; And thence retire me to my Milan, where Every third thought shall be my grave.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • It was an August made palpitant and breathless by the pre-nuptial nights of young gentlemen-officers and the girls they left permanently behind them.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • As I returned on the El I was engrossed in thoughts of marriage bed, of Five Properties’ behavior with Cissy, and of my brother’s losing his head when he thought of their nuptials and honeymoon.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She should this Angelo have married; was affianced to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed: between which time of the contract and limit of the solemnity her brother Frederick was wrecked at sea, having in that perished vessel the dowry of his sister.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • When he was rescued on the morning of the following day, Morton plumb forgot about his single-celled nuptials and went back to his daytime job tasting the contents of open pop bottles for backwash and cigarette butts.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
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