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  • Only Florida and Alabama allowed the jury’s decision to be overridden by a judge—and Florida later put restrictions on the practice that severely curtailed it.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I myself had been cutting back on my visits to the shop in recent months, as I’d decided to curtail my pipe smoking to one bowl a week instead of my longtime three or four; but also, I’ve been finding that the conversation there, which is usually entertaining and vigorous, has been somewhat sodden of late, as the fellows have been preoccupied with perceived "changes" in the character of the town and area, changes that Renny has obviously been compelled to address.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It was Will’s accident that had curtailed our plans for a life together, after all.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The wedding date, of course, was unchanged—it wasn’t every day a country had a five hundredth anniversary—but all the festivities were either curtailed entirely or vastly cut down.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • And military careers could be curtailed and even destroyed if it was shown that any part of a prisoner’s conversation was revealed in an unauthorized way, particularly when a highly decorated combat vet was on the other end of the line.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Though some provisions were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, key elements were upheld and the bill stands as one of the most aggressive measures to curtail undocumented immigration.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • "If food had been distributed fairly…. if people hadn’t panicked…. if we’d had good leaders being honest about the need for everyone’s cooperation…. we could have survived the crisis without curtailing anyone’s rights.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • Enrique says that were he an American citizen, he would want to curtail illegal immigration.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • "Sir, I do not wish to act against you," I said; and my unsteady voice warned me to curtail my sentence.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Any other method of curtailing profits is the method of looters —and I recognize it as such.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • I may have to curtail our time together to-day….
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The time fixed for the beginning of their northern tour was now fast approaching, and a fortnight only was wanting of it, when a letter arrived from Mrs. Gardiner, which at once delayed its commencement and curtailed its extent.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Every possibility of excess was curtailed with it.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Who copied it out for thee? and everything in the matter that seems to thee worth knowing, asking, and learning; neither adding nor falsifying to give me pleasure, nor yet curtailing lest you should deprive me of it.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Now, whenever I hear any one advocating measures that are meant to curtail the development of another, I pity the individual who would do this.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • They were conducting a ’strategic withdrawal’ from all fronts, an operation represented in the press as the surrender of unimportant areas so that the front line could be curtailed to German advantage.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Poor child, she was bewildered by the many injunctions we laid upon her, and the curtailing of her freedom tried her sorely, though not a word of complaint came from her.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Q: Does this postponement have anything to do with the Russian decision to curtail their space program after the crash of Zond 19?
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • ’Thank you, Annie,’ he said from atop his golden glistening wave, and he thought: Bu tyou may have read me wrong, you know , I mean, the situations that lead men into temptation have been severely curtailed up here.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • If you’ll curtail your literary pursuits a moment I’ll introduce you to my counterpart and Nemesis; I would be trite and say, ’to my better half,’ but I think that phrase indicates some kind of basically equal division, don’t you?
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Delta was not closed down and its activities were not curtailed in the slightest.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • "What is your address?" inquired a young lady behind the counter, taking up the curtailed conversation.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Even the air systems had been curtailed.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • But in nearly four hours of increasingly bitter debate, there was no direct answer to the blunt question posed by Mr. Maclnnis: If the national security is no longer in danger, what is the reason for curtailing the freedom of Canadian citizens?
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • After that he curtailed his travel.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • And although the 104th had been sitting there barely twenty minutes and the working day—curtailed because it was winter—didn’t end till six, everyone felt already they’d had a rare stroke of luck—now evening didn’t seem so far off.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • But we cannot solve the problems of legislative independence and responsibility by abolishing or curtailing democracy.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • You have only knowledge enough of the language to translate at sight these inverted, transposed, curtailed Italian lines, into clear, comprehensible, elegant English.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • The cottage accommodation at Marlott having been in this manner considerably curtailed by demolitions, every house which remained standing was required by the agriculturist for his work-people.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • I never have learned to reproach myself for such things; and then my experience in curtailing them was limited.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The tune was not floating unhindered into the open air: it seemed muffled in some way, and was altogether too curtailed in power to spread high or wide.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But their tete-a-tete was curtailed by the appearance of Mrs. Deane with little Lucy; and Mrs. Tulliver had to look on with a silent pang while Lucy’s blond curls were adjusted.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Like animals hiding in camouflage, they curtail their breathing, lower their body temperature, maintain total silence, hold their muscles in check, and block out their portals of awareness.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • The anti-smoking movement has focused, so far, on raising cigarette prices, curtailing cigarette advertising, running public health messages on radio and television, limiting access of cigarettes to minors, and drilling anti-tobacco messages into schoolchildren, and in the period that this broad, seemingly comprehensive, ambitious campaign has been waged, teenage smoking has skyrocketed.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Who would wish less to curtail your liberty than I?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • He felt much healthier in the war, probably due to the forced curtailment of the number of meat courses, he had an enormous stock of sodium-bicarbonate, he had his whiskey in the evening, his twenty-three-year-old mistress was having a baby, as were nearly all the other girls who had started out as milicianas in the July of the year before, and now he came into the room, nodded in answer to Gomez’s salute and put out his hand.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He began to reconstruct the events of the past twenty-four hours and his smile widened, a brief, curtailed laugh escaping from his throat.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Little Rawdon being disposed of, Lord Steyne, who took such a parental interest in the affairs of this amiable poor family, thought that their expenses might be very advantageously curtailed by the departure of Miss Briggs, and that Becky was quite clever enough to take the management of her own house.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Mass action was perilous in South Africa, where it was a criminal offense for an African to strike, and where the rights of free speechand movement were unmercifully curtailed.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The only way to get him to begin to curtail his surveillance was to convince him that I shared that fantasy and accepted his decision to live in Iran.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Presently the moon rose—the exhausted crescent that precedes the sun—and shortly after men and oxen began their interminable labour, and the gracious interlude, which he had tried to curtail, came to its natural conclusion.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The old woman prattled on and on, while the penitents stirred restlessly in the next stall and the horse whinnied, prattled of abstinence days broken, of evening prayers curtailed.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Here Hurry laughed heartily, such tricks being particularly grateful to a set of men who dreaded the approaches of civilization as a curtailment of their own lawless empire.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • The pain in his battered left hand suddenly fused with the agony in his shoulder and his arm; he had to push all pain out of his mind; he had to curtail the bleeding as best he could.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The Moslem Archbishop had been emphatic and over-arrogant; the young prince was merely sulky at the curtailment of his privileges, but there was no need he should continue a correspondence which might some day compromise him.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Then, to the consternation of his landlady, he shifted all the furniture of his room—a single one for living and sleeping—rigged up a curtain on a rope across the middle, to make a double chamber out of one, hung up a thick blind that nobody should know how he was curtailing the hours of sleep, laid out his books, and sat down.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • —To conclude: this drudge or diviner laid claim to me; called me Dromio; swore I was assured to her; told me what privy marks I had about me, as the mark of my shoulder, the mole in my neck, the great wart on my left arm, that I, amazed, ran from her as a witch: and, I think, if my breast had not been made of faith and my heart of steel, she had transformed me to a curtail-dog, and made me turn i’ the wheel.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • …attached to Oriental literature, equal to that produced by Mr Galland’s first translation of the Arabian Tales; in which, retaining on the one hand the splendour of Eastern costume, and on the other the wildness of Eastern fiction, he mixed these with just so much ordinary feeling and expression, as rendered them interesting and intelligible, while he abridged the long-winded narratives, curtailed the monotonous reflections, and rejected the endless repetitions of the Arabian original.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Akakiy Akakievitch thought and thought, and decided that it would be necessary to curtail his ordinary expenses, for the space of one year at least, to dispense with tea in the evening; to burn no candles, and, if there was anything which he must do, to go into his landlady’s room, and work by her light.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Overcoat
  • Miss Bertram approved the decision, for the less he had to learn the better; and though she could not sympathise in his wish that the Count and Agatha might be to act together, nor wait very patiently while he was slowly turning over the leaves with the hope of still discovering such a scene, she very kindly took his part in hand, and curtailed every speech that admitted being shortened; besides pointing out the necessity of his being very much dressed, and chusing his colours.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
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