’ "Pooh!" said the apparition, petulantly, "no better than a man’s killing himself because he has none or little."
’Oh I dare say, Miss La Creevy,’ returned Mrs Nickleby, with a petulance not unnatural in her unhappy circumstances, ’it’s very easy to say cheer up, but if you had as many occasions to cheer up as I have had—and there,’ said Mrs Nickleby, stopping short.
’You always believe,’ returned her father, petulantly.
That through the utmost depths of poverty and affliction she had toiled, never turning aside for an instant from her task, never wearied by the petulant gloom of a sick man sustained by no consoling recollections of the past or hopes of the future; never repining for the comforts she had rejected, or bewailing the hard lot she had voluntarily incurred.
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She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
She is petulant by nature and was clearly insulted by the question.