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He no longer looked at me, no longer made any pretense of telling the truth.
John Gardner, Grendel
He abandoned any pretense of even being my friend.
Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire
You and your Ministry of Magic have lured me here under false pretenses, Dumbledore!
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
He doesn't make any pretense about his motives, does he?
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest
Bryan felt it as though he'd actually peeled off layer after layer of pretense, defense, disguise.
Nora Roberts, Summer Pleasures
I don't see how we can keep up the pretense past the arrival date of this next ship.
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
I have half a mind to fire you for letting these people in under false pretenses.
Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero
(the scared part wasn't exactly pretense)
P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast, Betrayed
You dare keep up this pretense, after what you have done?
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
Nobody seemed to find Scrimgeour's pretense that he did not know Harry's name convincing,
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (#6) and the Half-Blood Prince
Burn right into my brain, burn through my pathetic teeth-clenching tough-guy pretensions.
K. A. Applegate, Everworld
This was religion without pretension.
Rick Bragg, All Over but the Shoutin`
under the pretense of scouring the bare hedges for nonexistent blackberries, they continued their ongoing exchange of news.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (#7) and the Deathly Hallows
I give up the pretense of mystery, and I kiss her hand and bring it to my cheek and whisper in her ear.
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
"Beaky's gettin' a bit depressed," Hagrid told them, bending low on the pretense of checking that Harry's flobberworm was still alive.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (#3) and the Prisoner of Azkaban
It is not simply pretense.
Athol Fugard, Master Harold...and the Boys
On Smith Island to the south of us there was no high school, not even the pretense of one that we had on Rass.
Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
Meo made no pretense of not knowing him.
Hal Borland, When the Legends Die
It occurred to me that Joan, hearing where I was, had engaged a room at the asylum on pretense, simply as a joke.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
All pretenses but living itself have long since vanished from the very atmosphere of this room.
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

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