1 Hester sought not to acquire anything beyond a subsistence, of the plainest and most ascetic description, for herself, and a simple abundance for her child.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel HawthorneContext Highlight In V. HESTER AT HER NEEDLE
2 I explained with tolerable firmness, that I really did not know where my means of subsistence were to come from, unless I could earn them for myself.
3 The subsistence of my family, ma'am,' returned Mr. Micawber, 'trembles in the balance.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 49. I AM INVOLVED IN MYSTERY
4 After some consideration, he went into business as an Informer, in which calling he realises a genteel subsistence.
5 He who had had to subsist on mere fugitive glances, looks winged in flight and swiftly lost under covert, now found her eyes settling on him with a brooding intensity that fairly dazzled him.
6 It was not enough for us to subsist upon.
7 Between Elizabeth and Charlotte there was a restraint which kept them mutually silent on the subject; and Elizabeth felt persuaded that no real confidence could ever subsist between them again.
8 I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs.
9 He would end his remarks, he said, by emphasising once again the friendly feelings that subsisted, and ought to subsist, between Animal Farm and its neighbours.
10 No one knows what such people subsist on.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor HugoContext Highlight In BOOK 6: CHAPTER II—HOW JEAN MAY BECOME CHAMP
11 Harmony was the soul of our companionship, and the diversity and contrast that subsisted in our characters drew us nearer together.
12 In other places human beings were seldom seen, and I generally subsisted on the wild animals that crossed my path.
13 Little, if any, community of feeling subsisted between them and Estella, but the understanding was established that they were necessary to her, and that she was necessary to them.
14 Between the two eldest and herself especially, there subsisted a particular regard.
15 She was even sensible of some pleasure, though mixed with regret, on finding how steadfastly both she and her uncle had been persuaded that affection and confidence subsisted between Mr. Darcy and herself.