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passive
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The House of Mirth
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  • Sometimes she thought it was because Mrs. Peniston had been too passive, and again she feared it was because she herself had not been passive enough.
  • Lily had no mind for the vagabond life of the poor relation, and to adapt herself to Mrs. Peniston she had, to some degree, to assume that lady’s passive attitude.
  • Sometimes she thought it was because Mrs. Peniston had been too passive, and again she feared it was because she herself had not been passive enough.
  • Gerty stood cold and passive.
  • What if she now chose to exert the power which, even in its passive state, he had felt so strongly?
  • She knew in advance what form they would take—the gradual cessation of the inner throb, the soft approach of passiveness, as though an invisible hand made magic passes over her in the darkness.
  • She had a sense of acquiescing in this plan with the passiveness of a sufferer resigned to the surgeon’s touch; and this feeling of almost lethargic helplessness continued when, after the departure of the guests, Mrs. Fisher followed her upstairs.
  • She was weary of being swept passively along a current of pleasure and business in which she had no share; weary of seeing other people pursue amusement and squander money, while she felt herself of no more account among them than an expensive toy in the hands of a spoiled child.

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  • She plays a passive role in their relationship.
  • Watching television is too passive for me. I prefer more active hobbies.

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