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  • Then he chanced upon Kipling's poems, and was swept away by the lilt and swing and glamour with which familiar things had been invested.

    Chapter 6

  • Baghdad where I found all my brothers dead and chanced upon this young man, to whom I rendered the kindliest service, for without me he had surely been killed.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • When Isaac Newton called upon his ladylove and in a fit of abstraction, looking about for a utensil to push the tobacco down in his pipe, chanced upon the lady's little finger, the law of gravitation was abrogated at once, and Newton and his pipe were sent, like nebulae whirling into space.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • Among the dank alleys of Gelph, I chanced upon a black market dealer in items arcane who offered that which was forbidden.

    Wit'ch Storm

  • Billy joined sulkily, then brightened up as his eyes chanced upon the coffee pot, which he immediately put on to boil.

    CHAPTER II

  • Then his eyes chanced upon another high-water lodgment of twigs and branches.

    First Version of To Build A Fire

  • In 1697, a Dutch sea captain chanced upon a black swan in Australia, at which point the null hypothesis was proven true and the white swan theory had to be discarded.

    The Panic Virus

  • Whenever we chanced upon the rattlebones, we backed away and ran home to brag about how close we had gotten to it.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • One of the Kings of the Arabs in past time, during certain of his conquests, chanced upon a hoard of the time of Alexander,152 whence he removed wealth past compute; and, amongst other things, three round jewels, big as ostrich eggs, from a mine of pure white gems whose like was never seen by man.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Whoever killed Stella Rode had not chanced upon her in the night, but had plotted long ahead, had waited.

    A Murder of Quality

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