In short, I was not a favourite there with anybody, not even with myself; for those who did like me could not show it, and those who did not, showed it so plainly that I had a sensitive consciousness of always appearing constrained, boorish, and dull.
When they passed on, after we had exchanged a few words, she did not like to replace that hand, but, still appearing timid and constrained, walked by herself.
Here is Miss Trotwood — and Trotwood, whom you have not seen for a long while!’ and then he approached, and constrainedly gave my aunt his hand, and shook hands more cordially with me.
’Do you suppose,’ said I, constraining myself to be very temperate and quiet with him, on account of Agnes, ’that I regard Miss Wickfield otherwise than as a very dear sister?’
’Won’t you?’ said he, constrained by the pain of his cheek to put his hand there.
At another time I should have been amused by this; but I felt that we were all constrained and uneasy, and I watched Mr. Micawber so anxiously, in his vacillations between an evident disposition to reveal something, and a counter-disposition to reveal nothing, that I was in a perfect fever.
I might have had more difficulty in constraining myself to be silent under his words, if I had had less difficulty in impressing upon Peggotty (who was only angry on my account, good creature!
He gave this proceeding, throughout, the appearance of having originated in Mr. W.’s own dishonest intention, and of having been accomplished by Mr. W.’s own dishonest act; and has used it, ever since, to torture and constrain him."
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...it is very grievous to be constrained to keep our hands off such a dainty dish as Narnia.
C.S. Lewis -- The Horse and His Boy
It seemed that we were all cloaked in an unwelcome garment of racial difference that constrained, confined, and restricted us.