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His lips work wordlessly, without cease, as if speaking to some helpless auditor lodged within his breast.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  a qualified accountant who inspects the accounting records and practices of a business or other organization

or more rarely:  a student who attends a course but does not take it for credit
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  • His lips work wordlessly, without cease, as if speaking to some helpless auditor lodged within his breast.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • You know the auditor told you it was a bad business.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This address caused a considerable change in the physiognomy of my own auditor.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I’ll be an auditor; An actor too perhaps, if I see cause.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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  • As the sacred edifice was too much thronged to admit another auditor, she took up her position close beside the scaffold of the pillory.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ’Never mind the year,’ said the impatient auditor; ’what about her?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • When it had ceased all the auditors drank from their bottles in silence.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Grandmother Majauszkiene was a socialist, or some such strange thing; another son of hers was working in the mines of Siberia, and the old lady herself had made speeches in her time—which made her seem all the more terrible to her present auditors.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Whole pages of it are filled with masses of figures, generally single numbers added up in batches, and then the totals added in batches again, as though he were focussing some account, as the auditors put it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But at the same moment, his two auditors, accompanied by the host, fell upon d’Artagnan with sticks, shovels and tongs.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • Even in the unlikely event that Homer himself wrote out versions of one or both poems, the fact would remain that he and his audience were not readers but auditors of stories in verse.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • While his auditors received a cheering assurance of the security of their place of concealment from this untutored description of Glenn’s,* they were much inclined to judge differently from Hawkeye, of its wild beauties.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In the height of the uproar and laughter, Sam, however, preserved an immovable gravity, only from time to time rolling his eyes up, and giving his auditors divers inexpressibly droll glances, without departing from the sententious elevation of his oratory.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • But a few of Green’s auditors were less enthusiastic; and after the jury retired to discuss the verdict, one of them, a young reporter from Oklahoma, exchanged sharp words with another newsman, Richard Parr of the Kansas City Star.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • In the Delta report on Korean Air that was posted anonymously on the Internet, one of the auditors tells a story of sitting in on a Korean Air flight where the first officer got confused while listening to Air Traffic Control and mistakenly put the plane on a course intended for another plane.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • She appeared to be on her high horse to-night; both her words and her air seemed intended to excite not only the admiration, but the amazement of her auditors: she was evidently bent on striking them as something very dashing and daring indeed.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The probable effect on auditors was to evoke the essential hero and god as they regularly appeared in tradition, not in one of their momentary actions.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • By carcass of William Wilkinson, auditor and accountant, lately deceased, three pounds thirteen and six.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But there was something, either in the sentiment of the discourse itself, or in the imagination of the auditors, which made it greatly the most powerful effort that they had ever heard from their pastor’s lips.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • They continued to walk onward, while the elder traveller exhorted his companion to make good speed and persevere in the path, discoursing so aptly that his arguments seemed rather to spring up in the bosom of his auditor than to be suggested by himself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • Let us add that Coppenole was of the people, and that the auditors which surrounded him were also of the people.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • There was no distinction between the near and the far, and an auditor felt close to everything within the horizon.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Imagining then a semi-circle, of which my distance should be the radius, and that it were fill’d with auditors, to each of whom I allow’d two square feet, I computed that he might well be heard by more than thirty thousand.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Politics, religion, the state of the government, some newspaper sensations, and the more notorious facts the world over, found mouthpieces and auditors there.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He had Pitt Crawley for one of his auditors—Pitt, who had come with his two half-sisters to church, which the old Baronet could now by no means be brought to frequent.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The nature of her commendation, in the present case, however, happened to be particularly ill-suited to the feelings of two thirds of her auditors, and was so very unexhilarating to Edward, that he very soon got up to go away.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • On hearing the hubbub made by the passersby, Tholomyes’ merry auditors turned their heads, and Tholomyes took advantage of the opportunity to bring his allocution to a close with this melancholy strophe:— "Elle etait de ce monde ou coucous et carrosses[3] Ont le meme destin; Et, rosse, elle a vecu ce que vivant les rosses, L’espace d’un matin!"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I was an involuntary spectator and auditor of whatever was done and said in the kitchen of the adjacent village inn—a wholly new and rare experience to me.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Her tone, as she uttered the exclamation, had a plaintive and really exquisite melody thrilling through it, yet without subduing a certain something which an obtuse auditor might still have mistaken for asperity.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • There were plenty of times I could have gone myself or sent other auditors.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • The old inhabitant who answered was a tall, gaunt woman, who spoke tragically on the most trivial subject, and gave a phrase of her conversation to each auditor in turn.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Feeling that he could not further decrease the social gulf between himself and his auditors, he sent his elegant grandson, who was in attendance on him, to fetch his car.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • For this reason Hegglund liked Clyde, almost from the very first, sensing in him perhaps a pleased and willing auditor.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I never presumed to speak, except in answer to a question; and then I did it with inward regret, because it was a loss of so much time for improving myself; but I was infinitely delighted with the station of an humble auditor in such conversations, where nothing passed but what was useful, expressed in the fewest and most significant words; where, as I have already said, the greatest decency was observed, without the least degree of ceremony; where no person spoke without being pleasedů
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The last question was put in a triumphant manner, and then the simple-minded girl laughed at the impression she never doubted that her project had made on her auditors.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • But the advantage now was on the side of Rigg, and auditors of this conversation might probably have expected that Raffles would retire with the air of a defeated dog.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Her fingers fluttered; her sympathy came out in spurts; she sat on the edge of a chair in eagerness to be near her auditor, to send her enthusiasms and optimism across.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • And so saying, she walked hastily out of the room, leaving awkward feelings to more than one, but exciting small compassion in any except Fanny, who had been a quiet auditor of the whole, and who could not think of her as under the agitations of jealousy without great pity.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • A momentary silence marked perhaps on the part of his auditors a sense of the magnanimity of this speech, for it was a secret neither for his son nor for his visitor that his own experiment in matrimony had not been a happy one.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The low though extensive hall, supported by beams and pillars, and latterly dignified by the name of Corn Exchange, was thronged with hot men who talked among each other in twos and threes, the speaker of the minute looking sideways into his auditor’s face and concentrating his argument by a contraction of one eyelid during delivery.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Even what she read and said seemed to us to be ill-chosen for such auditors, if it had been imparted ever so modestly and with ever so much tact.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • On the last Friday in January Millennium’s annual board meeting took place in the presence of the company’s bookkeeper, an outside auditor, and the four partners: Berger (30 percent), Blomkvist (20 percent), Malm (20 percent), and Harriet Vanger (30 percent).
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The guests, though still agape with astonishment, pledged their resuscitated landlord, who thus proceeded in his story:—He had indeed now many more auditors than those to whom it was commenced, for Edith, having given certain necessary orders for arranging matters within the Castle, had followed the dead-alive up to the stranger’s apartment attended by as many of the guests, male and female, as could squeeze into the small room, while others, crowding the staircase, caught up anů
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • ’Here are walls to speak to, sir, a desk, and two stools: most attentive auditors, and certain not to interrupt you.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • It might not have led to an indictment for fraud—the deal had already been approved by the auditors—but I would have damaged his reputation.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • But bear in mind that an auditor must assume that machines are honest.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • (He walks about, the auditor, beating time) Do you know it?
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • You, O Melchior, were stoned; my auditors first wondered, then laughed.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Western donor governments and UN agencies should try supporting not just the building of clinics, but also a system of auditors to conduct random inspections.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He looked hard into the depths of the box, thinking her father might perhaps be in attendance, but from what he could see the young man’s eloquence had no other auditor.
    Henry James  --  The American
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