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  • I had long since given up hope that the pilot who had brought me to Wolf House Bay would ever return, and so the sight of this plane sent me into a dither of excitement.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I’m an arcanist, you great dithering heap of idiot."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The Germans were demanding the annexation of Gdansk, agitating for a "corridor"; while Neville Chamberlain still dithered, the Huns were clamoring in the west, shaking the flimsy Polish gates.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I’ve seen it many times, her dithering, fumble-footed efforts to appease him.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • The next day, instead of going to class, I retrieved the pillowcase from under my bed, taped it shut with duct tape, put it in a brown bag from Bloomingdale’s, and took a cab to the sporting goods store in Union Square, where after a bit of dithering I purchased a cheap pup tent and then caught a cab back up to Sixtieth Street.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • ’Well, sir,’ said Sam dithering a little.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Shall I dither about whether to defend myself because it will cause someone pain?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • We could just make out that she was dithering back and forth in the road, and then we gradually could see that there were a couple dozen babies running around her every which way.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • It was ridiculous dithering about it.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • What is this dithering?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • And don’t forget to pack your trunks… a prefect… oh, I’m all of a dither!’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Gellert was there in the house when it happened, and he came back to my house all of a dither, told me he wanted to go home the next day.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Let us recover joy of battle soon, that’s all! No need to dither here and lose our time, our great work still undone.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Brom had not dithered, which was something Saphira had liked about him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Yes, but we recall that Hamlet is himself a hapless ditherer, and it’s only circumstance that saves him from his own haplessness and confers on him something noble and tragic.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Presently he came running out of the scullery, with the soapy water dripping from him, dithering with cold.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • "Think… You mustn’t… You’ll be in such trouble…" Madam Malkin dithered for a moment on the spot, then seemed to decide to act as though nothing was happening in the hope that it wouldn’t.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • It was a pretense, his dithering refusal—he was one of the most confident people she had ever met.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • "Well, dithering won’t help," I said.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Even if he had threatened her with his gun it must have been in a kind of dither, and more than likely she was escaping from his trouble not his threats.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • At first the town held the line, but when entrepreneurs from Bussard City moved in with gift shops, T-shirt concessions, tours, and datachip booths for the tourists who were coming in larger and larger numbers, the local business people first dithered, then wavered, then decided unanimously that, if t here was commerce to be carried on, the profits should not go to outsiders.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Crazy dithered around Stephen in the kitchen.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • It probably looked like I was just dithering over whether or not I was going to approach them.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • And whilst they dither, we will send out word secretly to likely friends in the stormlands and the Reach.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • He could hear the wind sighing up amongst the leaves, the squirrels dithering to one another, even the sound a pinecone made as it tumbled to the forest floor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • The chairman I forced on them while letting them elect him is a ditherer who could not unravel a piece of string—thinks every subject needs ’more study.’
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Still the executive dithered: spent another week with pieces of paper on which he would list, in columns headed "pro" and "con," reasons for and against taking his Brody.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • And so we inched and dithered, sometimes on two feet but stooped, other places, where the cavern narrowed, dropping to hands and knees, and sometimes, where the rock swooped down unwelcoming, skidding on our bellies.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Ekström is in a dither because this also seems to be the line of defence Giannini is going to use at the trial.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Jan, now in a little bit of a dither, went on handing out tracts—in a dead quiet—until she had given everyone one.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • My gog, but it’ll be a quare scowderment at the Day of Judgment when they come tumblin’ up in their death-sarks, all jouped together an’ trying’ to drag their tombsteans with them to prove how good they was, some of them trimmlin’ an’ dithering, with their hands that dozzened an’ slippery from lyin’ in the sea that they can’t even keep their gurp o’ them."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • No matter: Dagwood still battled Mr. Dithers.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • After dinner, I dithered around, cleaning the kitchen twice, and then did my homework slowly in the front room while Charlie watched a hockey game.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Whether round-ear, pointed-ear, horned, or short, two-legs seemed addicted to dithering.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Her reasons for silence were simple: save for Arya or Glaedr, she felt most comfortable communicating only with Eragon, and in her opinion, most conversations were nothing more than pointless dithering.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The pictures danced and dithered.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Even though he had been forewarned, when all of us came trooping into his office he seemed overwhelmed and showed a tendency to dither.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • I dithered, reaching out to touch her, only to pull my hand back again.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • The Shade opened his mouth and uttered a piercing, dithering wail that shattered the panes of glass in the lantern above.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
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