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Black Death

If it were possible to run from disease spirits, the medieval Europeans would’ve put on their track shoes and escaped the Black Death.
Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  a phrase used in the Middle Ages to describe a plague which is estimated to have killed one to two thirds of Europe’s population between 1347 and 1350
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  • If it were possible to run from disease spirits, the medieval Europeans would’ve put on their track shoes and escaped the Black Death.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Now mice, however small or harmless, are rats to me—snarling, needle-fanged wharf inhabitants whose fleas carry the black death and whose bite is rabid.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It looked like a glossy black death trap.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • "Like someone could catch the ’black death of ugliness."
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder

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  • You sound like you’re down with the Black Death."
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • His men spread fear abroad like the Black Death, they push it under doors and through mailboxes, they paint it on walls and stable doors until it infects everything around it of its own accord, silent and stinking like a plague.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Some call him the Killer, some call him Black Death—he has a whole string of names like that.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Do you think that they, with their Battles, Famine, Black Death and Serfdom, were less enlightened than we are, with our Wars, Blockade, Influenza and Conscription?
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I think of smallpox as something out of the Middle Ages, like the Black Plague.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • She’d rather have the Black Death than be embarrassed.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn

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  • The majority of students avoided his sections like the Black Death.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I don’t buy the gold eyeshadow, but I do pick up a bottle of Black Death nail polish.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • Black Plague.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • But, before leaving the pulpit, he would like to tell them of something he had been reading in an old chronicle of the Black Death at Marseille.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Aphra had tried to mask the dead, black Plague flesh with some kind of chalky paste.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Written by an anonymous mystic, I’m not sure, fourteenth century maybe, whenever the Black Death was—he was writing in the days of the Black Death.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • To have heard him asking Sondelius about his experience in plague epidemics, one would have believed that Martin found the Black Death delightful.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • People always speak of a black death or a red death, he thought; yours, Gail Wynand, will be a gray death.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Curses on your head, and black death on your heart, you imp!
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Her legs- and there are twelve-are like great tentacles, unjointed, and upon her serpent necks are borne six heads like nightmares of ferocity, with triple serried rows of fangs and deep gullets of black death.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I guess I’m the Black Death," he said slowly.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • ’Do it,’ said the stranger standing nearest to Harry, a big, rangy man with matted grey hair and whiskers, whose black Death Eater’s robes looked uncomfortably tight.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Only in the very last moment, as though in response to some sign we could not see, to some whisper we could not hear, he frowned heavily, and that frown gave to his black death-mask an inconceivably somber, brooding, and menacing expression.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Did you know that during Shakespeare’s time almost a third of the people who lived in London died one year from something called the Black Plague?" she asked the class.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • This was the same kind of fatality rate as was seen with the black plague during the Middle Ages.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • On the television screen the maps looked as though they were plotting a black plague methodically working its way east.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • And even if it’s got smallpox, black death, and ten thousand hangnails, there ain’t no doctor knows how to cure it.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • I had this nightmarish vision of what was happening, and what I saw was our huge oceans covered from one country to the next with an oil slick, a black death coating everything.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Retiring now to bleed among his men and shun black death, Eurypylos cried sharply: "Friends, lords and nobles of the Argives, halt!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • …even a god who meets her face-to-face ….
    She has twelve legs, all writhing, dangling down
    and six long swaying necks, a hideous head on each,
    each head barbed with a triple row of fangs, thickset,
    packed tight—and armed to the hilt with black death!
    Holed up in the cavern’s bowels from her waist down
    she shoots out her heads, out of that terrifying pit,
    angling right from her nest, wildly sweeping the reefs
    for dolphins, dogfish or any bigger quarry she can drag
    from the…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Dr. Isaacson did everything she could to save Mayinga, but she was as helpless before the agent as medieval doctors had been in the face of the black plague.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Though I suppose having the Black Death would be rather embarrassing in high society.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Written by an anonymous mystic, I’m not sure, fourteenth century maybe, whenever the Black Death was—he was writing in the days of the Black Death.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I’m talking about the Black Death.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • At the time of the Black Death, they gathered again, sometimes in very great numbers, passing from town to town, drawing the souls of the troubled to them.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Black Plague comes to mind.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Yersinia pestis—Bubonic plague, Black death, pest—is an overwhelming infection by bacteria that produce potent toxins.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • It’s doubtful I’ll be able to cook up the Black Death or the Spanish Flu.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • If the chronicles of the Black Death at Marseille were to be trusted, only four of the eighty-one monks in the Mercy Monastery survived the epidemic.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • That day, concealing from Gottlieb his abandonment of the quest for the fundamental nature of phage, Martin set about fighting pneumonia, before attacking the Black Death.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • …pits; the building of the Great Wall in Provence to fend off the furious plague-wind; the damp, putrefying pallets stuck to the mud floor at the Constantinople lazar-house, where the patients were hauled up from their beds with hooks; the carnival of masked doctors at the Black Death; men and women copulating in the cemeteries of Milan; cartloads of dead bodies rumbling through London’s ghoulhaunted darkness-nights and days filled always, everywhere, with the eternal cry of human pain.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • He heard men shrieking in delirium; a dozen times he saw that face of terror—sunken bloody eyes, drawn face, open mouth—which marks the Black Death; and once he beheld an exquisite girl child in coma on the edge of death, her tongue black and round her the scent of the tomb.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • (And FYI, the Black Death was not my fault.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Imagine a virus with the infectiousness of influenza and the mortality rate of the black plague in the Middle Ages—that’s what we’re talking about."
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • And all the while, before Arthur came, the common people—of whom fourteen were eaten by wolves out of one town in a single week, of whom one third were to die in the Black Death, of whom the corpses had been packed in pits ’like bacon," for whom the refuges at evening had often been forests and marshes and caves, for whom, in seventy years, there had been known to be forty-eight of famine—these people had looked up at the feudal nobility who were termed the "lords of sky and earth,"…
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But Antinous
    is the worst of all—he’s black death itself.
    Here’s this luckless stranger, wandering down
    the halls and begging scraps—hard-pressed by need—
    and the rest all give the man his fill of food
    but that one gives him a footstool
    hurled at his right shoulder, hits his back!"
    While she exclaimed among her household women,
    sitting there in her room, Odysseus bent to supper.
    Penelope called the swineherd in and gave instructions:
    "Go, good Eumaeus, tell the stranger to…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Unless he’s dead by now,
    killed by Philoetius or Eumaeus here—
    or ran into you rampaging through the halls."
    The herald pricked up his anxious ears at that ….
    cautious soul, he cowered, trembling, under a chair—
    wrapped in an oxhide freshly stripped—to dodge black death.
    He jumped in a flash from there, threw off the smelly hide
    and scuttling up to Telemachus, clutching his knees,
    the herald begged for life in words that fluttered:
    "Here I am, dear boy—spare me!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • …two men scurried out of the house at once
    and crouched at the altar-stone of mighty Zeus—
    glancing left and right,
    fearing death would strike at any moment.
    Odysseus scanned his house to see if any man
    still skulked alive, still hoped to avoid black death.
    But he found them one and all in blood and dust ….
    great hauls of them down and out like fish that fishermen
    drag from the churning gray surf in looped and coiling nets
    and fling ashore on a sweeping hook of beach—some noble…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • …this mob, you say?
    How hard you must have prayed in my own house
    that the heady day of my return would never dawn—
    my dear wife would be yours, would bear your children!
    For that there’s no escape from grueling death—you die!"
    And snatching up in one powerful hand a sword
    left on the ground—Agelaus dropped it when he fell—
    Odysseus hacked the prophet square across the neck
    and the praying head went tumbling in the dust.
    Now one was left,
    trying still to escape black death.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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