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Cassandra


In the TV series, The X-Files, a woman named Cassandra was abducted by aliens, but nobody believed her.
  Greek mythology:  a prophet in Troy during the Trojan War whose predictions were true but were never believed

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anyone whose accurate prediction of doom is ignored
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Apollo gave Cassandra the gift of prophecy because of her beauty, but when she didn’t return his love, he placed a curse on her to assure that nobody would believe her prophecies.
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  • In the TV series, The X-Files, a woman named Cassandra was abducted by aliens, but nobody believed her.
  • Not Cassie for Cassandra.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • "You have the same look Cassandra had in Troy, or Jim Bowie at the Alamo—as if you’re under siege."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I also realized exactly why Cassandra was so unpopular.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • "Yes," said Harry, looking down his booklist, "I need Unfogging the Future by Cassandra Vablatsky."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • And you are a great-great-granddaughter of the celebrated Seer Cassandra Trelawney?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • And I wish my name was Cassandra or Alexis or Ma-ritza-anything but Esperanza-but when I tell them my name they don’t laugh.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • Cassandra.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Cassandra is a prisoner in his outer halls.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Boo was the one who suggested Cassandra.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland

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  • "Well—?" he asked, as she hovered Cassandra-like before him.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • It was Cassandra, one of the elder’s wives.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Cassandra would be shamed.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Why play Cassandra?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Cassandra cried, and curs’d th’ unhappy hour; Foretold our fate; but, by the god’s decree, All heard, and none believ’d the prophecy.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • "But if your excellency doubt my veracity"— "Signor Pastrini," returned Franz, "you are more susceptible than Cassandra, who was a prophetess, and yet no one believed her; while you, at least, are sure of the credence of half your audience.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • …and right about the brother-in-law because if he hadn’t been a demon his children wouldn’t have needed protection from him and she wouldn’t have had to go out there and be betrayed by the old meat and find instead of a widowed Agamemnon to her Cassandra an ancient stiff-jointed Pyramus to her eager though untried Thisbe who could approach her in this unbidden April’s compounded demonry and suggest that they breed together for test and sample and if it was a boy they would marry; would…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • CASSANDRA: The house reeks of death and dripping blood.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Cassandra, she’s my oldest," she put in for Lee’s benefit, "has decided she wants a tattoo."
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • "Her name is Cassandra Melissa Clarissa Patricia Inez lona Rhodes and she weighed"—Misty slung her arms around Dean’s neck and squeezed—"fifteen pounds and four ounces.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • …boars
    butchered in some rich lord of power’s halls
     
    for a wedding, banquet or groaning public feast.
    You in your day have witnessed hundreds slaughtered,
    killed in single combat or killed in pitched battle, true,
    but if you’d laid eyes on this it would have wrenched your heart—
    how we sprawled by the mixing-bowl and loaded tables there,
    throughout the palace, the whole floor awash with blood.
    But the death-cry of Cassandra, Priam’s daughter—
    the most pitiful thing I heard!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • So it was with the CASSANDRA, as brought us all safe home from Malabar, after England took the viceroy of the Indies; so it was with the old WALRUS, Flint’s old ship, as I’ve seen amuck with the red blood and fit to sink with gold."
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • [* See CASSANDRA, by Florence Nightingale, printed in THE CAUSE, by R. Strachey.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Not Cassie for Cassandra.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • CASSANDRA: The stench is like a breath from the tomb.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Cassandra O’Koren.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Such things as these Cassandra did relate.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • "Cassandra," my father said finally.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • "Dammit, Cassandra," my father said.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • "Cassandra!" my mother wailed into the phone, all the anger and fear of the last twenty-four hours bursting across the line.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • I was standing in front of the TV, watching the offense get organized, when Stewart said, in a lower voice, "Is there any news about Cassandra?"
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • And I know that Adam is doing the same for Cassandra.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • "Her name is Cassandra O’Koren," my mother said, and now her voice didn’t sound so strong.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Cassandra, listen to me.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • So Cassandra it was.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • It’s Cassandra.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Cassandra?
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Cassandra!
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • This day revives within my mind what she Foretold of Troy renew’d in Italy, And Latian lands; but who could then have thought That Phrygian gods to Latium should be brought, Or who believ’d what mad Cassandra taught?
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Dymas and Hypanis by moonlight knew My motions and my mien, and to my party drew; With young Coroebus, who by love was led To win renown and fair Cassandra’s bed, And lately brought his troops to Priam’s aid, Forewarn’d in vain by the prophetic maid.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Cassandra, have you seen Mikil?
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • But I think — correct me if I am mistaken — that you are the first in your family since Cassandra to be possessed of Second Sight?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Cassandra bids; and I declare her doom.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Cassandra and I had always talked about taking a photography class.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • I thought of the other Cassandra, the one she’d been named for, the girl who could see her own future.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Behold the royal prophetess, the fair Cassandra, dragg’d by her dishevel’d hair, Whom not Minerva’s shrine, nor sacred bands, In safety could protect from sacrilegious hands: On heav’n she cast her eyes, she sigh’d, she cried’T was all she could— her tender arms were tied.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • The king of men (it is Colonel Crawley, who, indeed, has no notion about the sack of Ilium or the conquest of Cassandra), the anax andron is asleep in his chamber at Argos.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Confess the truth; by mad Cassandra, more Than Heav’n inspir’d, he sought a foreign shore!
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • My mother made affirmative noises as Cass described her Christmas, and then I heard my father say, "Hello, Cassandra."
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • It’s Cassandra," my father told her, his voice flat.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
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