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"Purgatory," says Hayden.
Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  a temporary condition of torment or suffering

or  in Roman Catholic theology:  the place where those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to pay for their sins
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  • "Purgatory," says Hayden.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Purgatory, I thought.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • And then the insurance debacles, the descent into this health care purgatory.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I spent the months following my grandfather’s death cycling through a purgatory of beige waiting rooms and anonymous offices, analyzed and interviewed, talked about just out of earshot, nodding when spoken to, repeating myself, the object of a thousand pitying glances and knitted brows.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • NEW ARRIVALS in Federal prison are stuck in a sort of purgatory for the first month or so, when they are "A&Os"—admissions and orientation status.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Good grief. wednesday september 2nd — five days to purgatory — 10:00 a.m.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • But all in all this dim purgatory was a far better place to be than any of the barracks—even the one where for the previous six months she had lived with several dozen other relatively privileged female prisoners who worked in the camp offices.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She couldn’t stand another day like this, not knowing if her ugly purgatory would ever end.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • A baptism would lift Lourdes’s constant concern that Diana’s unexpected death will send her daughter to purgatory.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • I should venture purgatory for’t.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice

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  • Canton was a seething purgatory in the shape of a pork chop, consisting mostly of coral and scrubby plants huddled close to the ground, as if cringing from the heat.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Later came midsummer, with the stifling heat, when the dingy killing beds of Durham’s became a very purgatory; one time, in a single day, three men fell dead from sunstroke.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The whole thing has been simple purgatory.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • The memories of purgatory came as they always did, like a tempest to his senses… the reek of rotting cabbage, the stench of death, human urine and feces.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Because of you, my soul has been able to get through purgatory," he said to her when he was in his own bed.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Bounds had been set to this unhallowed purgatory.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Out of the fryingpan of life into the fire of purgatory.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "You’re saying you think Peter Solomon is …. in purgatory?"
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • I did not call her unfeeling long; for I perceived she was in purgatory throughout the day, and wearying to find an opportunity of getting by herself, or paying a visit to Heathcliff, who had been locked up by the master: as I discovered, on endeavouring to introduce to him a private mess of victuals.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Here and there figures spotted the twilight, turning up ashen faces to her like souls in purgatory watching the passage of a mortal through.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Instead, she’d close herself up in her room and pray for any de la Torre souls stuck up in purgatory.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Paul didn’t think so but he wasn’t sure , not being sure of things, he knew, was a charmless corner of purgatory reserved for writers who were driving fast with no idea at all where they were going.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • They would have persuaded me I was in purgatory, but I knew too well the pursy short-breathed voice of the Father Abbot.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He turned to Helen again, "We inhabit the same purgatory, Mrs. Bragg, the dark level of not knowing."
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Perhaps he prayed for the souls in purgatory or for the grace of a happy death or perhaps he prayed that God might send him back a part of the big fortune he had squandered in Cork.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • All this, then, was to be paid for in endless purgatory.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • It might last a whole purgatory - or for ever.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • This purgatory of the spirit, this animal thirst for self-preservation, these humiliating moments of the human soul, are awful, and sometimes arouse horror and compassion for the criminal even in the lawyer.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • She looked another way, disconcerted, and wondered how long this purgatory was to last.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • We have gone through several rounds of purgatory since you left, and I have lately got on to a worse ledge of it than ever.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • One year in purgatory.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …but I beg of your worship not to remind me again of that accursed liquor, for my soul, not to say my stomach, turns at hearing the very name of it; and I beg of you, too, to reckon as past the three days you allowed me for seeing the mad things you do, for I take them as seen already and pronounced upon, and I will tell wonderful stories to my lady; so write the letter and send me off at once, for I long to return and take your worship out of this purgatory where I am leaving you.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "I don’t know if this is a dream or purgatory" And I don’t know how he means that.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • I would get through my self-imposed sentence here in purgatory, and then hopefully some school in the Southwest, or possibly Hawaii, would offer me a scholarship.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • No, you were not listening you didn’t have to: then the dogs stirred, rose; you looked up and sure enough, just as your father had said he would, Luster had halted the mule and the two horses in the rain about fifty yards from the cedars, sitting there with his knees drawn up under the towsack and enclosed by the cloudy vapor of the steaming animals as though he were looking at you and your father out of some lugubrious and painless purgatory.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • She was my purgatory, monsieur!
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Three weeks into the new year, the snow finally rescued me from my purgatory of guilt.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • (To the revellers) A bit of purgatory ’twas for this time, merely.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • This is more like purgatory.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • With no clock, no mercy rule and darkness hours away, it seemed as if nothing would rescue them from this purgatory.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Maidenly reserve! gentlemanly chivalry! always saying no when you meant yes! simple purgatory for shy and sincere souls.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Many centuries previously a profane writer had claimed to reveal a secret of the Church by declaring that purgatory did not exist.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • If the rest of you want to stay in this uncivilized purgatory, that’s your prerogative, but I’m returning to the city.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • You see that is quite a different thing, for how many sinners there are, how many women, who have passed through the trials of this life, are now suffering and groaning in purgatory!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • It was true that her muscles still revolted after a night in the tent and the shower facilities were an inconvenience at best, purgatory at worst, but despite herself she was relaxing.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • That day I stopped praying (before I stopped praying altogether) for the souls in purgatory and devoted all my Hail Marys to the kids in limbo, even though I knew it probably wouldn’t do them any good.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • But I love the gold and the silk which clothe the priest of Rome, and his celibacy, and the confessional, and purgatory: and in the darkness of an Italian cathedral, incense-laden and mysterious, I believe with all my heart in the miracle of the Mass.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • In front of the dark doors of Purgatory my bleached bones were laid to rest.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • By God, in earth I was his purgatory, For which I hope his soul may be in glory.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • [1] [1] The boat that bears the souls to Purgatory.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
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