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Medusa
from Greek mythology


The fashion company, Versace, uses the image of Medusa as a trademark.
  Greek mythology:  a woman with snakes for hair and the ability to turn people to stone if they looked at her
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Medusa was killed by Perseus who used a mirrored shield to see her without turning into stone.
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  • The fashion company, Versace, uses the image of Medusa as a trademark.
  • Medusa yelled, her snake-hair hissing and spitting.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • The goddess thrust her spear at the giant, then brandished her shield with the fearsome bronzed visage of Medusa.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Part III Into the Fire Beauty is that Medusa’s head Which men go armed to seek and sever.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies

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  • Melissa stood outside the window, her hair messy and Medusa-like, her face absolutely expressionless.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Anyway, my name-sake, Perseus, had saved her just in time and turned the sea monster to stone using the head of Medusa.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • The gun in his hand was a concealable, small-caliber, Jframe Medusa, but it would be plenty deadly at close range.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • A beanbag Medusa sat by the faucet like she was guarding the mess.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • I thought Medusa had looked at you, and that you were turning to stone.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The other was African American with dark curly hair like Medusa’s (and believe me, I know what I’m talking about).
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth

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  • One might have supposed the Bastille appeared before you, and that the gigantic Medusa had converted you into stone.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Monsieur to a convict is like a glass of water to one of the shipwrecked of the Medusa.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Let Medusa come, so we will make him of stone," they all said, looking down.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • In one of the aristocratic mansions built by Puget in the Rue du Grand Cours opposite the Medusa fountain, a second marriage feast was being celebrated, almost at the same hour with the nuptial repast given by Dantes.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Or have you forgotten that he’s the one who vaporized Medusa?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • All minotaurs are not evil, the Gorgon Medusa did not turn every man to stone, not all vampires are blood drinkers, the Were clans are a proud and ancient race.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • I could feel that my hair was wild, twisted into clumps like Medusa’s snakes.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Even now, she could recall each detail of his dress, how brightly his boots shone, the head of a Medusa in cameo on his cravat pin, the wide Panama hat that was instantly in his hand when he saw her.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Cedric bobs along to the rapper with Medusa-like hair.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The shield has the head of the gorgon Medusa molded into ’the bronze, and even though it won’t turn you to stone, it’s so horrible, most people will panic and run at the sight of it.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • Seeing this, Maggie lingered at a distance looking like a small Medusa with her snakes cropped.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • One was dotted with squares of different colored glass, another had long framing nails twisting off in all directions, an angel Medusa.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • FIGURE 45a: Gorgon-Sister Pursuing Perseus, Who Is Fleeing with the Head of Medusa (red-figure amphora, Greece, fifth century B.C.).
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Her hair was flying with distinct life and her face was chalk-white with the pock marks making it look like riddled plaster, like, say, a plaster-of-Paris mask of Medusa which some kid has been using as a target for a BB gun.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Rawdon Crawley meanwhile hurried on from Great Gaunt Street, and knocking at the great bronze Medusa’s head which stands on the portal of Gaunt House, brought out the purple Silenus in a red and silver waistcoat who acts as porter of that palace.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Zilla’s face was wrinkled like the Medusa, her voice was a dagger of corroded brass.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The longboat, with seven of the crew, was picked up eighteen days after by H. M. gunboat "Myrtle," and the story of their terrible privations has become quite as well known as the far more horrible "Medusa" case.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • This is the Medusa material, the aspects of it that might in any way be relevant to Cain.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • I step behind the dressing screen for modesty’s sake and pull the white dress over my head, then sweep a brush through my Medusa curls and secure them in a tight coil at the base of my neck.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • And while the wave of applause came in, crashed, and went back down the shore, he looked again to the maze, where the sensed but unseen shadow-shapes of Will and Jim were filed among titanic razor blades of revelation and illusion, then back to the Medusa gaze of Mr. Dark, swiftly reckoned with, and on to the stitched and jittering sightless nun of midnight, sidling back still more.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • No names were ever used by the people in Medusa, just the Greek letters of the alphabet — Webb became Delta One.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • They ferry over this Lethean sound Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment, And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe, All in one moment, and so near the brink; But Fate withstands, and, to oppose th’ attempt, Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards The ford, and of itself the water flies All taste of living wight, as once it fled The lip of Tantalus.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • It was a stylized depiction of the Medusa, from Greek myth.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • It showed Perseus with the head of the Medusa.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • It showed Perseus with the head of the Medusa.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Seeing them would be worse than staring at the face of Medusa.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Medusa’s tale to thee is known.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Aunty Em’s Garden Gnome Emporium—the lair of Medusa.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • I saw Ridley step forward, her hair twisting in the wind like Medusa’s whole head of snakes.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • I made a long-haired-Medusa silk screen, and an enamel choker of two hands holding a bouquet of flowers.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Jason Bourne had come out of Medusa with David Webb only a memory-a scholar who had another wife, other children, all slaughtered.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Chooka stopped in the middle of the floor, looking much like a vulgar Medusa, then lifted her arms in what was intended for a sweeping mystic gesture.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It was the same rounded, pouting, childish prettiness, but with all love and belief in love departed from it—the sadder for its beauty, like that wondrous Medusa-face, with the passionate, passionless lips.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • SOCIETY AND SOLITUDE I FELL in with a humorist on my travels, who had in his chamber a cast of the Rondanini Medusa, and who assured me that the name which that fine work of art bore in the catalogues was a misnomer, as he was convinced that the sculptor who carved it intended it for Memory, the mother of the Muses.’
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • …apartment, and do not, by any further declaration of your passion, compel me to show myself more ungrateful; and if, of the love you bear me, you should find that there is anything else in my power wherein I can gratify you, provided it be not love itself, demand it of me; for I swear to you by that sweet absent enemy of mine to grant it this instant, though it be that you require of me a lock of Medusa’s hair, which was all snakes, or even the very beams of the sun shut up in a vial."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • One time one of his younger sisters visited him at Duke, and over breakfast with P.J. and his current well-heeled girlfriend, his sister told in great graphic detail the story of how, in the bayou, she’d killed and disemboweled a pregnant water moccasin and made what she called a medusa hat for Paul out of the remains.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • They were white cobras tangled among themselves, like the hair of Medusa.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The woman’s hair was also made of snakes, like Medusa’s.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • She picked up the little stuffed Medusa from the windowsill.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • I don’t even remember killing Medusa.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
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