Haven’t I been sounding your praises in her ears, and bearing her pretty sulks and peevishness all night for you?
’Bless my heart, Nicholas my dear,’ returned his mother in a peevish tone, ’isn’t that precisely what I am saying, if you would only let me speak?
At every small deprivation or discomfort which presented itself in the course of the four-and-twenty hours to remind her of her straitened and altered circumstances, peevish visions of her dower of one thousand pounds had arisen before Mrs Nickleby’s mind, until, at last, she had come to persuade herself that of all her late husband’s creditors she was the worst used and the most to be pitied.
At such intervals, after a few moments of abstraction, Ralph would mutter some peevish interjection, and apply himself with renewed steadiness of purpose to the ledger before him, but again and again the same train of thought came back despite all his efforts to prevent it, confusing him in his calculations, and utterly distracting his attention from the figures over which he bent.
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"She’s an emu-raffe, which is a bit like a donkey and a giraffe put together, only with fewer legs and a peevish temper.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
The cold seemed to rouse her a little and she looked around peevishly, shivering.