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adversary
used in Atlas Shrugged

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an opponent
  • She felt, at the same time, a growing respect for the adversary, for a science that was so clean, so strict, so luminously rational.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (34% in)
  • The adversary she found herself forced to fight was not worth matching or beating; it was not a superior ability which she would have found honor in challenging; it was ineptitude-a gray spread of cotton that deemed soft and shapeless, that could offer no resistance to anything or anybody, yet managed to be a barrier in her way.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (42% in)
  • This, she thought, was a mind she respected, an adversary worth matching.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (91% in)
  • The contempt in Rearden's voice had a note of relief; he had been disarmed by a doubt of his judgment on the character of his adversary; now he felt certain once more.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (60% in)
  • He could smash any adversary in any form of encounter.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (65% in)
  • She leaned forward, both forearms braced firmly against the counter, feeling calm and in tight control again, sensing a dangerous adversary.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (85% in)
  • Lillian shrugged angrily; among the women who were her friends, she would have been understood and stopped long ago; but this was an adversary new to her-a woman who refused to be hurt.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (52% in)
  • He had come, prepared to reject the forgiveness she had granted him at the party, as one rejects a favor from too generous an adversary.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (5% in)
  • Instead, he reached out suddenly and moved his hand over her forehead, down the line of her hair, in a gesture of protective tenderness, in the sudden feeling of how delicately childlike she was, this adversary who had borne the constant challenge of his strength, but who should have had his protection.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (5% in)
  • He is our deadliest adversary.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (47% in)
  • His smile had to be deserved, it was intended for an adversary who traded her strength against his, not for a pain-beaten wretch who would seek relief in that smile and thus destroy its meaning.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (16% in)
  • He smiled, as if grasping a full confession of the meaning she attached to his name; the smile held an adversary's acceptance of a challenge-and an adult's amusement at the self-deception of a child.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (3% in)
  • She let him look at it for a moment, almost as an act of condescending mercy to an adversary struggling to refuel his strength, then she asked, with a note of imperious pride in her voice, pointing at the inscription, "What's that?
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (58% in)
  • She sat straight, the planes of her face relaxed, the shape of her mouth softened by the faint, purposeful suggestion of a smile; it was the dangerous smile of an adversary, but her eyes were coldly brilliant and veiled at once, like the eyes of an adversary who fully intends to fight, but hopes to lose.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (12% in)
  • She sat straight, the planes of her face relaxed, the shape of her mouth softened by the faint, purposeful suggestion of a smile; it was the dangerous smile of an adversary, but her eyes were coldly brilliant and veiled at once, like the eyes of an adversary who fully intends to fight, but hopes to lose.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (12% in)
  • But he did not smile, as he said, turning to Francisco, "Then-no." The defiance toward an adversary who was the sternest of teachers, was all that Francisco had read in her face.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (71% in)
  • Lillian was slipping, he thought-and he experienced the pleasure of dealing with an inadequate adversary.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (70% in)
  • They acted as if they hoped to gain, from the objects of gracious luxury, the power and the honor of which those objects had once been the product and symbol-they acted, she thought, like those savages who devour the corpse of an adversary in the hope of acquiring his strength and his virtue.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (67% in)

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