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calamity
used in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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Definition
a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
  • Name any terms, reverend sir, even to the halving of my kingdom; but banish this calamity, spare the sun!
    Chapter 6 (63% in)
calamity = disastrous event
  • I want you to get word to the king that I am a magician myself—and the Supreme Grand High-yu-Muck-amuck and head of the tribe, at that; and I want him to be made to understand that I am just quietly arranging a little calamity here that will make the fur fly in these realms if Sir Kay's project is carried out and any harm comes to me.
    Chapter 5 (55% in)
  • It occurred to me that I had made another blunder: I had sent the boy off to alarm his betters with a threat—I intending to invent a calamity at my leisure; now the people who are the readiest and eagerest and willingest to swallow miracles are the very ones who are hungriest to see you perform them; suppose I should be called on for a sample?
    Chapter 5 (68% in)
  • Suppose I should be asked to name my calamity?
    Chapter 5 (71% in)
  • Yes, I had made a blunder; I ought to have invented my calamity first.
    Chapter 5 (71% in)
  • They disputed long, but in the end, Merlin, scoffing, said, 'Wherefore hath he not named his brave calamity?
    Chapter 5 (83% in)
  • This thrust did in a most sudden sort close the king's mouth, and he could offer naught to turn the argument; and so, reluctant, and full loth to do you the discourtesy, he yet prayeth you to consider his perplexed case, as noting how the matter stands, and name the calamity—if so be you have determined the nature of it and the time of its coming.
    Chapter 5 (86% in)
  • Oh, be thou wise—name the calamity!
    Chapter 5 (88% in)
  • That was the half-conviction that when the nature of my proposed calamity should be reported to those superstitious people, it would have such an effect that they would want to compromise.
    Chapter 6 (12% in)
  • But when I revealed to them the calamity in store, and saw how mighty was the terror it did engender, then saw I also that this was the time to strike!
    Chapter 6 (27% in)
  • That made an immense effect; up went appealing hands everywhere, and the king was assailed with a storm of supplications that I might be bought off at any price, and the calamity stayed.
    Chapter 6 (62% in)
  • How are they feeling about the calamity?
    Chapter 21 (94% in)
  • I were to blame an I permitted this calamity.
    Chapter 25 (73% in)
  • Now I understood the stupendous calamity that had overtaken England.
    Chapter 41 (77% in)

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