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instructive

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  • He had not yet spoken, and something consolatory and instructive was expected from so renowned a chief on an occasion of such interest.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The small, bald man was not only garrulously instructive, but in his own way mesmerizing.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • It was to be both instructive and true, she said.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • I think it was all the more interesting and instructive because we went for most of the way on one of the slow, old-fashioned canal-boats.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Your most instructive pamphlet has been widely circulated through the patronage of the bishop, and has been of appreciable service....
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • This is instructive at the same time.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 25 "A maximum of instructive shrecklichkeit with minimum loss of life.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • I find it most instructive to follow your train of thought.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I was fooling myself that this was important or even instructive.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • That was very instructive, although you would have done well to omit your last words.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • Instructive warning pictures.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Chapter XXI — Interesting and Instructive Vicissitudes of a Persian in the Cellars of the Opera.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • On her first day of the two months' preliminary training, Briony's humiliation in front of the class had been instructive.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The case of India is particularly instructive.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • I found the trip instructive in another way because in that hospital I sensed a thawing in the relationship between black and white.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • In that case, I said to myself, Hamid's silence must be instructive!
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Meanwhile it was in a terrible way instructive to see how Oliver behaved, how unruffled he tried to appear.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • General Lee's various stratagems will be most instructive, most illuminating.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Nevertheless, it is instructive to observe the details.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • His voice was highpitched but deliberate, instructive.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy

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