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  • She is not quite prostrated by fatigue?
  • The cousin, who has been casting sofa-pillows on his head, in a prostration of boredom yawns, "Vayli," being the used-up for "very likely."
  • There are deferential people in a dozen callings whom my Lady Dedlock suspects of nothing but prostration before her, who can tell you how to manage her as if she were a baby, who do nothing but nurse her all their lives, who, humbly affecting to follow with profound subservience, lead her and her whole troop after them; who, in hooking one, hook all and bear them off as Lemuel Gulliver bore away the stately fleet of the majestic Lilliput.
  • She threw open a door and I went into a chamber, where, to my unspeakable surprise, instead of finding Mr. Skimpole stretched upon the bed or prostrate on the floor, I found him standing before the fire smiling at Richard, while Richard, with a face of great embarrassment, looked at a person on the sofa, in a white great-coat, with smooth hair upon his head and not much of it, which he was wiping smoother and making less of with a pocket-handkerchief.
  • You’re a chattering clattering broomstick witch that ought to be burnt!" gasps the old man, prostrate in his chair.
  • To which she only replies, shaking her head at the prostrate figure more amazedly than angrily, "Oh, you Jo, you Jo.

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  • Francis chose to make it his cross to bear in life; he never understood why his Uncle Atticus remained on excellent but remote terms with his father—Francis thought Atticus should Do Something—or why his mother was not prostrate from his father’s eccentric, therefore unforgivable, behavior.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He sat down on the edge of the bed and softly kicked Colin’s prostrate body.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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