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  • Neither do I. "But I have to admit," Simon added, "coincidence or not, it turned out to be a fortuitous occurrence."†   (source)
  • He could not imagine that one of them would have dared to do what she did while the others were sleeping in the nearby bunks, and the only reasonable supposition was that she had taken advantage of a fortuitous, or perhaps prearranged, moment when she was alone in the cabin.†   (source)
  • If anything, deafness proved fortuitous for him, finally giving him a doctor-certified excuse for disobeying.†   (source)
  • The shipping lane boundaries were marked by numbered buoys, and the hope was to stumble across one fortuitously so as to orient oneself.†   (source)
  • For a long while I believed that her choice to do so was a fortuitous accident.†   (source)
  • This duplication proved to be fortuitous, for as Majid entered the house with our cake, Nelufar grabbed at it excitedly and pulled it out of his hands.†   (source)
  • Then, in 1939, war in Europe appeared to offer Japan a fortuitous way out of its dilemma.†   (source)
  • I am beginning to suspect that nothing that happens is fortuitous, that it all corresponds to a fate laid down before my birth, and that Esteban Garcia is part of the design.†   (source)
  • Just as Madame Wang predicted, the perfection of my golden lilies led me to a fortuitous betrothal.†   (source)
  • Her presence at his side felt more unbearably fortuitous than ever.†   (source)
  • "This morning's cast indicated the captain would have a fortuitous encounter today.†   (source)
  • Most fortuitously, Parkland Memorial Hospital is just four miles away, should Marina go into labor with the new baby while Oswald is at work.†   (source)
  • Lord Prusias chose it himself and it is a most fortuitous title.†   (source)
  • Then there is the matter of Lord Renly's mysterious and most fortuitous murder, even as his battle lines were forming up to sweep his brother from the field."†   (source)
  • Fortuitously, Pa had acquired a union card during the construction of a plant in Marshall, Texas, where he worked for a few months shortly after the war.†   (source)
  • It was only through fortuitous circumstances that the mystery was ever resolved.†   (source)
  • It related the fortuitous and the ordained into a reassuring union which we recognized as nature.†   (source)
  • It is not fortuitous therefore that the inflammatory promise she has been able to extend to me through that hyperactive organ of hers finds a correlation in the equally inflammatory but utterly spurious words she loves to speak.†   (source)
  • I moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, in the early sixties, a town fed by warm salt tides and cooled by mild winds from the sea; a somnolent town built on a high bluff where a river snaked fortuitously.†   (source)
  • It's probably a fortuitous transmission.†   (source)
  • The birds of fortuity had alighted once more on her shoulders.†   (source)
  • With the plant study so fortuitously ended, I was faced with another distasteful duty — the completion of my scatalogical studies.†   (source)
  • She knew then (the birds of fortuity had begun alighting on her shoulders) that this stranger was her fate.†   (source)
  • But is not an event in fact more significant and noteworthy the greater the number of fortuities necessary to bring it about?†   (source)
  • If a love is to be unforgettable, fortuities must immediately start fluttering down to it like birds to Francis of Assisi's shoulders.†   (source)
  • And that woman, that personification of absolute fortuity, now again lay asleep beside him, breathing deeply.†   (source)
  • Our day-to-day life is bombarded with fortuities or, to be more precise, with the accidental meetings of people and events we call coincidences.†   (source)
  • After Tomas had returned to Prague from Zurich, he began to feel uneasy at the thought that his acquaintance with Tereza was the result of six improbable fortuities.†   (source)
  • Forms which are in themselves quite ugly turn up fortuitously, without design, in such incredible surroundings that they sparkle with a sudden wondrous poetry.†   (source)
  • She, born of six fortuities, she, the blossom sprung from the chief surgeon's sciatica, she, the reverse side of all hisEs muss sein! she was the only thing he cared about.†   (source)
  • Impelled by the birds of fortuity fluttering down on her shoulders, she took a week's leave and, without a word to her mother, boarded the train to Prague.†   (source)
  • Much more than the card he slipped her at the last minute, it was the call of all those fortuities (the book, Beethoven, the number six, the yellow park bench) which gave her the courage to leave home and change her fate.†   (source)
  • And he knows that time and again he will abandon the house of his happiness, time and again abandon his paradise and the woman from his dream and betray theEs muss sein! of his love to go off with Tereza, the woman born of six laughable fortuities.†   (source)
  • It may well be those few fortuities (quite modest, by the way, even drab, just what one would expect from so lackluster a town) which set her love in motion and provided her with a source of energy she had not yet exhausted at the end of her days.†   (source)
  • "The Fortuitous Occurrences," said Clary.†   (source)
  • Noticing a stranger in the temple, in a place as big as this, was hardly a fortuitous encounter.†   (source)
  • Apparently these encounters had not been fortuitous.†   (source)
  • It's fortuitous," the lieutenant said at last.†   (source)
  • Maybe it had seemed to Kabuo Miyamoto, alone on the sea shortly afterward, a fortuitous thing to have come across Carl Heine in circumstances such as these.†   (source)
  • As long as there is a single copy, a solitary typescript of my final draft, then my spontaneous, fortuitous sister and her medical prince survive to love.†   (source)
  • With arched eyebrows, she hooked a fingernail underneath a mushroom and flipped it over, inspecting its gills as she said, "It's fortuitous we met tonight, as you are about to leave and I ….†   (source)
  • Perhaps during this week, somehow, some fortuitous contingency would arise that would allow Mahtob and me to make a break for freedom.†   (source)
  • The pilot who had landed to investigate my smoke signal had not been sent to look for me but was engaged in a prospecting survey, and his discovery of me was purely fortuitous.†   (source)
  • By noon, I had a bad case of eyestrain and a worse one of cramps, and I had almost concluded that my hypothesis of the previous day was grievously at fault and that the "den" was just a fortuitous hole in the sand.†   (source)
  • So fateful a decision resting on so fortuitous a love, a love that would not even have existed had it not been for the chief surgeon's sciatica seven years earlier.†   (source)
  • Guided by his sense of beauty, an individual transforms a fortuitous occurrence (Beethoven's music, death under a train) into a motif, which then assumes a permanent place in the composition of the individual's life.†   (source)
  • A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about … like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees.†   (source)
  • Everything came about fortuitously.†   (source)
  • When this horrible din had lasted a certain time, it mechanically awoke Mr. Wopsle's great-aunt, who staggered at a boy fortuitously, and pulled his ears.†   (source)
  • As the tears subside a little, and with her head leaning backward at the angle that will not injure her bonnet, she endures that terrible moment when grief, which has made all things else a weariness, has itself become weary; she looks down pensively at her bracelets, and adjusts their clasps with that pretty studied fortuity which would be gratifying to her mind if it were once more in a calm and healthy state.†   (source)
  • More probably the resemblance which may be traced in this respect between the religions of the East and West is no more than what we commonly, though incorrectly, call a fortuitous coincidence, the effect of similar causes acting alike on the similar constitution of the human mind in different countries and under different skies.†   (source)
  • Was it love, she wondered, or a mere fortuitous combination of happy thoughts and sensations?†   (source)
  • The situation was resolved by the fortuitous appearance of the caddymaster,†   (source)
  • It is odd how we of that pension, who seemed such a fortuitous collection, have been working into one another's lives.†   (source)
  • "It was the best thing that could have happened to her," said Franz dramatically, "a transference of the most fortuitous kind.†   (source)
  • 'It is not for one, situated, through his original errors and a fortuitous combination of unpropitious events, as is the foundered Bark (if he may be allowed to assume so maritime a denomination), who now takes up the pen to address you — it is not, I repeat, for one so circumstanced, to adopt the language of compliment, or of congratulation.†   (source)
  • In despotic States the sovereign is so attached to the exercise of his power, that he dislikes the constraint even of his own regulations; and he is well pleased that his agents should follow a somewhat fortuitous line of conduct, provided he be certain that their actions will never counteract his desires.†   (source)
  • If Mr. Bulstrode insisted, as he was apt to do, on the Lutheran doctrine of justification, as that by which a Church must stand or fall, Dr. Minchin in return was quite sure that man was not a mere machine or a fortuitous conjunction of atoms; if Mrs. Wimple insisted on a particular providence in relation to her stomach complaint, Dr. Minchin for his part liked to keep the mental windows open and objected to fixed limits; if the Unitarian brewer jested about the Athanasian Creed, Dr.…†   (source)
  • It was a pictorial sheet, and Jo examined the work of art nearest her, idly wondering what fortuitous concatenation of circumstances needed the melodramatic illustration of an Indian in full war costume, tumbling over a precipice with a wolf at his throat, while two infuriated young gentlemen, with unnaturally small feet and big eyes, were stabbing each other close by, and a disheveled female was flying away in the background with her mouth wide open.†   (source)
  • The coming of her sister's family was so very near at hand, that first in anticipation, and then in reality, it became henceforth her prime object of interest; and during the ten days of their stay at Hartfield it was not to be expected—she did not herself expect—that any thing beyond occasional, fortuitous assistance could be afforded by her to the lovers.†   (source)
  • This was attributable not only to particular and fortuitous circumstances, but to general and lasting causes.†   (source)
  • When competition, or other fortuitous circumstances, lessen his profits, he can reduce the wages of his workmen almost at pleasure, and make from them what he loses by the chances of business.†   (source)
  • I am very well convinced that even amongst democratic nations, the genius, the vices, or the virtues of certain individuals retard or accelerate the natural current of a people's history: but causes of this secondary and fortuitous nature are infinitely more various, more concealed, more complex, less powerful, and consequently less easy to trace in periods of equality than in ages of aristocracy, when the task of the historian is simply to detach from the mass of general events the…†   (source)
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