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They held a secret conclave in Amsterdam.
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  • They held a secret conclave in Amsterdam.
  • They assembled a conclave of cardinals to select the next Pope.
  • Conclaves are held by candlelight.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • All Conclaves must return to Alicante.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • Sedgwick selected a Friday in January for the conclave to meet in his Bluffton office.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I think we should summon Miss Brent to join our conclave.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The whole conclave except these two was unanimous.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • In this conclave of young heads, there was one bald member.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • An unprecedented liberal, His Holiness had secured the papacy through one of the most controversial and unusual conclaves in Vatican history.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But he sat down right next to me, between me and Jeb, crossing his legs and setting the food tray in the middle of our little conclave.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host

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  • The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr. Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said, ’Mr.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The voices of the Ents were still rising and falling in their conclave.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • "Your Rambouillet is in full conclave," he said, looking round at all the party; "the graces and the muses."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The boy, and his stricken and bruised conclave of monsters, his felt but half-seen crowd, fell to earth.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • I figured the conclave was about to break up.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • But far within, And in their own dimensions like themselves, The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim In close recess and secret conclave sat, A thousand demi-gods on golden seats, Frequent and full.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Mrs Durbeyfield was welcomed with glances and nods by the remainder of the conclave, and turned to where her husband sat.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Let men make war! Only if Ares fights, or Lord Apollo, or if they keep Akhilleus from the combat, then the clang of battle will begin between us on the spot— with a quick outcome, I predict: they’ll be so battered by our arms, they must fall back on the Olympian conclave.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "Ay, sure, shepherd," said the conclave.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But as neither had ever reached a decision without prefacing it by this mysterious conclave, Mrs. Archer and her son, having set forth their case, waited resignedly for the familiar phrase.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Schemes have indeed been laid in the vestry which would hardly disgrace the conclave.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • They looked like kobolds from some magic mine—gnomes of the hills in conclave.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • And once more in mine arms I bid him welcome, And thank the holy conclave for their loves.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • The history goes on to say, then, that when the bachelor Samson Carrasco recommended Don Quixote to resume his knight-errantry which he had laid aside, it was in consequence of having been previously in conclave with the curate and the barber on the means to be adopted to induce Don Quixote to stay at home in peace and quiet without worrying himself with his ill-starred adventures; at which consultation it was decided by the unanimous vote of all, and on the special advice of Carrasco,…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • In the midst of this Round Table of beggary, Clopin Trouillefou,—as the doge of this senate, as the king of this peerage, as the pope of this conclave,— dominated; first by virtue of the height of his hogshead, and next by virtue of an indescribable, haughty, fierce, and formidable air, which caused his eyes to flash, and corrected in his savage profile the bestial type of the race of vagabonds.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • And in those nightly conclaves in which the two ladies indulged after their parties, and while Miss Payne was "brushing their ’airs," as she called the yellow locks of the one and the soft brown tresses of the other, this girl always put in her word for that dear good gentleman Major Dobbin.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Here and there furtive forms picked their way among the dead, and near the opposite tree line a lively group of heralds, both French and English, met in conclave with much pointing and animated conversation.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She felt rather inclined just for a moment to stand still after all that chatter, and pick out one particular thing; the thing that mattered; to detach it; separate it off; clean it of all the emotions and odds and ends of things, and so hold it before her, and bring it to the tribunal where, ranged about in conclave, sat the judges she had set up to decide these things.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Be this as it may, the boys were recalled from house-window, garden, stable, and cow-yard, and the school were assembled in full conclave, when Mr Squeers, with a small bundle of papers in his hand, and Mrs S. following with a pair of canes, entered the room and proclaimed silence.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • So he appointed himself elected himself probably out of some conclave of neighbors and citizens who came together to discuss her affairs and what to do with her after they realised that nothing under the sun, certainly no man nor committee of men, would ever persuade her to go back to her niece and brother-in-law—the same citizens and neighbors who left baskets of food on her doorstep at night, the dishes (the plates containing the food, the napkins which covered it) from which she…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Every mere council of appointment, however constituted, will be a conclave, in which cabal and intrigue will have their full scope.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The conclave which compiles the index of the Roman Catholic Church is the most august, ancient, learned, famous, and authoritative censorship in Europe.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • The art and address of ambassadors from a dozen belligerent powers of Europe, nay, of a conclave of cardinals at the election of a Pope …. would not exceed the specimens we have seen.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Elizabetha Prokofievna sometimes informed the girls that they were a little too candid in this matter, but in spite of their outward deference to their mother these three young women, in solemn conclave, had long agreed to modify the unquestioning obedience which they had been in the habit of according to her; and Mrs. General Epanchin had judged it better to say nothing about it, though, of course, she was well aware of the fact.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • There’s a local Conclave meeting at noon.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Alec, last night, when the Silent Brothers called for your help, where was the Conclave?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • She wished other members of the Conclave would come around more often, but she supposed everyone was giving the Lightwoods time at the moment.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • "Answer me not," said the Templar, "by urging the difference of our creeds; within our secret conclaves we hold these nursery tales in derision.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …him, such as when he had met a woman in the train, and had taken her home with him, before discovering that she was the sister of a reigning monarch, in whose hands were gathered, at that moment, all the threads of European politics, of which he found himself kept informed in the most delightful fashion, or when, in the complexity of circumstances, it depended upon the choice which the Conclave was about to make whether he might or might not become the lover of somebody’s cook.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Chapter 37 — CONCLAVE OF KINGS.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I was but two-andforty when the Conclave called me.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The Conclave met in Oldtown behind closed doors, Tyrion knew; its deliberations were supposedly a secret.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • "The conclave’s breaking at last.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Autumn had come, the Conclave had declared, but the gods had not seen fit to tell the winds and woods as yet.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Some, familiar to her as the Nephilim of the Los Angeles Conclave, in black, others in red gear.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • And Mr. Langdon’s refusal to speak publicly about his unusual role in last year’s Vatican conclave certainly wins him points on our intrigue-o-meter.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He has his original forces, and the six Conclaves he Turned; we have everyone else.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Around the table were seated the Conclave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • A second night came and still the Ents held conclave under hurrying clouds and fitful stars.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Since 1179, conclaves have survived earthquakes, famines, and even the plague.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
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