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  • I am merely giving you, if belatedly, what was rightfully yours all along.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • That, perhaps, is a lesson for history, and I'll leave such decisions to Jack and his ilk while I try belatedly to study the lesson of my own life.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • At length he met a belated passenger, went up to him, and spoke a few words to him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Belatedly, Eragon remembered Brom's warning that even the weakest elf could easily overpower a human.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I last heard from him when he e-mailed my Web page wishing me a happy belated birthday.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • A belated man in business clothes, and in haste to catch a car, bounced against her shoulder.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • And now, belatedly, Ben screams.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • Belatedly, Burnham had gotten his wish.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Belatedly, Mabel asked, "Is that Lindsey Wells?"
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Sissy was so happy at being divorced so quickly that she sent him a silver-plated pickle dish as a belated wedding present.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • From every side belated gnomes were rushing into it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • I should never have come to the hall, he realized belatedly.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • So I'm enjoying my belated halfway feast.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Then they all departed for town to complete their belated shopping.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Behind Kile, Henri belatedly joined in the laughter.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • We had brought his belated correspondence, and a lot of torn envelopes and open letters littered his bed.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • A little belatedly, I started to worry over where it might land.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Belatedly, she realized how much the sky had lightened.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The gentleman who uttered the cries was evidently a belated Mormon.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • "Was it a success?" she asked as her husband settled down to a belated meal.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End

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