Beyond the verge of provocation I never ventured; on the extreme brink I liked well to try my skill.
Three weeks of fighting, which began in Juba but spread beyond, often along ethnic faultlines, have killed more than a thousand people, forced a cut in oil output and left the world's newest state on the brink of civil war.
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The house lay behind a newly dug pond filled with water to the brink and with banks still bare of grass.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy Context
There was no pausing on the brink; no looking down, or looking back; I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
The blustrous Bounderby crimsoned and swelled to such an extent on hearing these words, that he seemed to be, and probably was, on the brink of a fit.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens Context
Ethan, a moment earlier, had felt himself on the brink of eloquence; but the mention of Zeena had paralysed him.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton Context
He seemed to see her poised on the brink of a chasm, with one graceful foot advanced to assert her unconsciousness that the ground was failing her.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
Sometimes, on the very brink of certainty, I failed; yet still I clung to the hope which the next day or the next hour might realize.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
There was an eddy in the mass of human bodies, and the woman with helmeted head and tawny cheeks rushed out to the very brink of the stream.
Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad Context
The moral world has no grander spectacle than this: a troubled and uneasy conscience, which has arrived on the brink of an evil action, contemplating the slumber of the just.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
Suicides like that which is on the brink of accomplishment here are sublime; but suicide is narrow, and does not admit of extension; and as soon as it touches your neighbors, suicide is murder.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
Diggory, having returned to the brink of the pool, observed that the small upper hatches or floats were withdrawn.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
We have a hundred thousand francs or thereabouts loaned on their securities, and we are a little uneasy at reports that have reached us that the firm is on the brink of ruin.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context