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  • There is another question, pertinent to the former, and that is, What remedy can we apply to this malady?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Newman fancied that he saw signs in M. de Bellegarde's discolored mask that this information was extremely pertinent.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Did I remain businesslike and ask pertinent questions?
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Still more pertinently, who was the moral woman?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Never was spoken language of such inflexible necessity, never had it known questions so pertinent, such obvious replies.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • Conway felt that the question was pertinent, for Mallinson's attitude left little doubt as to what he would do as soon as he reached India.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • "And why didn't you want to?" he asked pertinently.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • The question which rendered us rather uneasy, was a pertinent one.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Whether or not the avant-garde could possibly flourish under a totalitarian regime is not pertinent to the question at this point.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • The three rushed from the building, Cassius reiterating as much of the pertinent information as he could.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • It was a pattern that the rest of the guard would never have noticed, since Eleazar was the one passing the pertinent intelligence privately to Aro.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • But all of that was pertinent only in the night, and had nothing to do with the man you loved, at least in daylight.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • It dawned on Ishmael, in the coast guard record room, that perhaps something pertinent to Kabuo's case could be found right here among these files.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • She felt a numbed emptiness —and the sense of being thrown far below the realm where moral indignation is pertinent.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Nor did the scout fail to throw in a pertinent inquiry, whenever a fitting occasion presented.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The pertinence of the question checked Selden's fugitive impulse before the train had started.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Accordingly, Articles 8 through 10 were cited by Holabird as the passages most pertinent to the case.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • She talked vaguely and indiscriminately to prevent his talking pertinently.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • You call him iniquitous, I have other terms, but they're not pertinent here.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Take over a few courses from the older men, start some special groups for myself .... plow a few pertinent wives.
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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