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Great Wall

They called it the Great Wall.
Kiera Cass  --  The One
  an ancient fortification 1,500 miles long (averaging 6 meters in width) built across northern China
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  • They called it the Great Wall.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Before long they saw in the distance the towers and flags of Dictionopolis sparkling in the sunshine, and in a  few moments they reached the great wall and stood at the gateway to the city.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • His back was a great wall of black flesh, and I saw a cruel scar on one shoulder.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • So on the first Saturday of October, after a week when Mr. McElroy had had enough of the Russian hordes and had probably run out of pinging filmstrips anyway and so we were now headed across the Great Wall into China, and a week when Mrs. Verne finally did call on me when I had my hand up and when I answered right —not to brag—that it was negative x and not negative y, and a week when I had snuck over to the Shirts team again and Coach Reed couldn’t figure out why his platoon system…
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now

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  • I want to walk on the Great Wall of China.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • So, Richard said there was an end of it, and immediately began, on no other foundation, to build as many castles in the air as would man the Great Wall of China.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • We’d been at the academy for about nine months when our teachers organized another day trip for us, this time to the Great Wall.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • After Tian an men Square we visit the Ming tombs, then drive out to watch the sunset from the Great Wall.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "I’ll give anybody in this car five dollars," Heinrich said through his protective mask, "if you can tell me whether more people died building the pyramids in Egypt or building the Great Wall of China—and you have to say how many died in each place, within fifty people."
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Is the Great Wall of China neat?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan

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  • I saw in my mind escarpments rising into the clouds, a kind of natural Great Wall of China.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • England was cautioned that impact north of Dover Straits opposite London Estuary would cause disturbances far up Thames; Sovunion was given warning for Sea of Azov and had own grid defined; Great China was assigned grid in Siberia, Gobi Desert, and her far west—with offsets to avoid her historic Great Wall noted in loving detail.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • …pictures of the plague: Athens, a charnel-house reeking to heaven and deserted even by the birds; Chinese towns cluttered up with victims silent in their agony; the convicts at Marseille piling rotting corpses into 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…
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • It towered above us, a great wall of granite that would have caused a mountain goat to back off.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The flat and endless Pacific rose like a great wall around us.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • And so there grew up a great wall between the scholars and the people.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • This life in the shadow of the great wall was not the life Wang Lung loved.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • But Ishtar rose up and mounted the great wall of Uruk; she sprang on to the tower and uttered a curse: ’Woe to Gilgamesh, for he has scorned me in killing the Bull of Heaven.’
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • It was built of unmortared stones, like the great wall of the keep, and the moonlight came through its single unglazed window to fall on the stone altar.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But as these ranges approached one another, being indeed but parts of one great wall about the mournful plains of Lithlad and of Gorgoroth, and the bitter inland sea of Nurnen amidmost, they swung out long arms northward; and between these arms there was a deep defile.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Standing in front of it, I can see the moonlit back lawn, the gardens, the chapel on the hill, and a great wall of trees.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • The great wall of vegetation, an exuberant and entangled mass of trunks, branches, leaves, boughs, festoons, motionless in the moonlight, was like a rioting invasion of soundless life, a rolling wave of plants, piled up, crested, ready to topple over the creek, to sweep every little man of us out of his little existence.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Or they played lawn-tennis or fives in an angle of a great wall that surrounded the garden—an angle from which the fruit trees had long died away.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • In moments we were carried downstream past the piers of Freniere and Pointe du Lac and then, as I could see the great wall of cottonwood and cypress growing green out of the darkness along the shore, I knew it was almost morning.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • But beyond the jungle, at a distance that must have been at least fifty kilometres, a line of mountains ran like a great wall out of sight to north and south.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • From outside, since the street crossing which it commanded was on a lower level, its great wall was thrust upwards from a basement of unfaced ashlar, jagged with flints, in all of which there was nothing particularly ecclesiastical; the windows seemed to have been pierced at an abnormal height, and its whole appearance was that of a prison wall rather than of a church.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The last great wall of the hills lay stark above him.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The corn is as good there as any I’ve seen…… August 2: …. finished the great wall on Penn’s Hill.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In fact, the base of the great wall had just moved out with the avalanche, and this much of it held its vertical position.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Those who had forgotten to snuff their candles did so, and they started out again, this time on pure snow that ascended in an incredibly steep hump to a great wall of rock.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "And they’ve built a great wall through my valleys, and fished all the fish from my rills," Ygritte and Tormund sang back at him in turn, in suitably gigantic voices.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Listening to such talk one evening Wang Lung heard for the first time what was on the other side of the great wall to which their rows of huts clung.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • I had seen pictures of the Great Wall before, but to actually stand on it, to look upon this incredible human miracle …. I shook my head in disbelief.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • ’Now, really, I’ve seen the Great Wall!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Well, come on, it’s kind of hard to take you seriously when you’re talking about the Great Wall of China and Egypt and stuff.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • It was said there was a section of the Great Wall that could never be built unless ten thousand bodies were buried as its foundation.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I told him of the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City and of course glorious Tiananmen Square.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • She sat beside me, silent, as we rode on and on until we’d passed the gas-lit gates of the few country houses, and the shell road narrowed and became rutted, the swamp rising on either side of us, a great wall of seemingly impenetrable cypress and vine.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • But, a moment later, with a medical officer he was leading them away for examination behind the great wall of sacked oats.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • You were standing on the Great Wall of China.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • It had been Lin’s contention that the writing was on the wall —the Great Wall, perhaps — and that a superior special intelligence force manned by the colony’s own could well be its first line of defence in the years leading up to 1997, and, in the event of a takeover, its first line of cohesive resistance afterwards.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Great Wall one day?" my second brother, Cunyuan, had said.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
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