The last words burst from Maggie, in spite of herself, with a sudden drop from patronizing instruction to simple peevishness.
I think they must have been given to feeble remonstrance, getting more and more peevish as it became more and more ineffectual.
"Why don’t you sit still, Maggie?" her mother said peevishly.
"Oh dear, there’s no fear but what they’ll be all here in time, sister," said Mrs. Tulliver, in her mild-peevish tone.
"It’s no use talking o’ that," said poor Mrs. Tulliver, almost peevishly.
The slight spurt of peevish susceptibility which had escaped him in their first interview was a symptom of a perpetually recurring mental ailment, half of it nervous irritability, half of it the heart-bitterness produced by the sense of his deformity.
Maggie, too, would have admired Lucy’s houses, and would have given up her own unsuccessful building to contemplate them, without ill temper, if her tucker had not made her peevish, and if Tom had not inconsiderately laughed when her houses fell, and told her she was "a stupid."
Maggie would certainly have torn it off, if she had not been checked by the remembrance of her recent humiliation about her hair; as it was, she confined herself to fretting and twisting, and behaving peevishly about the card-houses which they were allowed to build till dinner, as a suitable amusement for boys and girls in their best clothes.
Philip winced under this allusion to his unfitness for active sports, and he answered almost peevishly,— "I can’t bear fishing.
She would let Maggie do none of the work that was heaviest and most soiling to the hands, and was quite peevish when Maggie attempted to relieve her from her grate-brushing and scouring: "Let it alone, my dear; your hands ’ull get as hard as hard," she would say; "it’s your mother’s place to do that.
Philip was often peevish and contemptuous; and Tom’s more specific and kindly impressions gradually melted into the old background of suspicion and dislike toward him as a queer fellow, a humpback, and the son of a rogue.
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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.