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  • She is so respected, her colleagues nearly genuflect in her presence.
  • She genuflected and made the sign of the cross as she entered the church.
  • Muslim’s genuflect towards Mecca when praying.
  • She was busy with her hard sticky lupine tongue for only a second or two around Sophie’s ear, fondled her breasts urgently, manhandled her buttocks, drew back with an expression of lust so intense that it was like some terminal anguish, then set about her serious labors, slumping earthward in genuflection and squeezing Sophie’s hips roundabout with her arms.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • It’s the carpets that do it to me, the hush, the sanctimoniousness of it all: galleries are too much like churches, there’s too much reverence, you feel there should be some genuflecting going on.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I followed Anselm down the short center aisle, genuflecting in his wake.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The line moved past the water fonts where we wet our fingers and genuflected as we made the sign of the cross.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Every time I stepped into his office, I felt the need to genuflect.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Standing now, he faced the altar and genuflected three times.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Incredibly, she genuflected after doing this.
    Stephen King  --  Misery

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  • The peers do homage, one by one, approaching and genuflecting.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But it was more like genuflecting in her presence.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • She genuflected before the altar, then knelt at the rail.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The Pilgrim acknowledged her claim to it by a low genuflection.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • You would expect to find the "low" churchman genuflecting and crossing himself lest the weak conscience of his "high" brother should be moved to irreverence, and the "high" one refraining from these exercises lest he should betray his "low" brother into idolatry.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • I had almost genuflected from old habit.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Black boys didn’t trip her in the halls; white boys didn’t stone her, white girls didn’t suck their teeth when she was assigned to be their work partners; black girls stepped aside when she wanted to use the sink in the girls’ toilet, and their eyes genuflected under sliding lids.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • You may save your genuflecting for later.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • It was a kind of genuflection.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He had seen himself, a young and silent-mannered priest, entering a confessional swiftly, ascending the altarsteps, incensing, genuflecting, accomplishing the vague acts of the priesthood which pleased him by reason of their semblance of reality and of their distance from it.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • "For this is my body, which will be given up for you," I said aloud, then genuflected and lifted the host.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The Bikura nodded in unison and-as if from long practice as altar boys-all went to one knee, robes rustling softly, in a perfect genuflection.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • But under the pulpit — K. grinned in astonishment — there really was a priest standing with his hand on the handrail ready to climb the steps and looking at K. Then he nodded very slightly, so that K. crossed himself and genuflected as he should have done earlier.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • The beggar made a feeble attempt to genuflect, sat down in a pew in the second row, crossed himself and knelt forward, his head in prayer, his right hand pushing back the left sleeve of his overcoat.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • When, before turning to leave the church, I made a genuflection before the altar, I felt suddenly, as I rose again, a bitter-sweet fragrance of almonds steal towards me from the hawthorn-blossom, and I then noticed that on the flowers themselves were little spots of a creamier colour, in which I imagined that this fragrance must lie concealed, as the taste of an almond cake lay in the burned parts, or the sweetness of Mile.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • "I shall practice my genuflecting whilst you are away," I respond.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Every ghost is holy, he supposed, but you’ll have to point one out to me before I genuflect.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The old man awkwardly, only partially, genuflected in front of the holy cross and knelt down in the first seat of the sixth row from the altar, his eyes on his watch.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • A Revival Meeting at Solar Rheims… hundreds of chanting, genuflecting devotees participating in a kind of hopped-up Midsummer Morn festival.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • We flat out refused, but Mom went up in front of the mourners, genuflected with a grand sweep, and then kissed Erma’s cheek so vigorously that you could hear the puckering sound throughout the chapel.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Religion is too personal a thing to share promiscuously and the thought of being there with Jack filled me with a kind of awe; made me feel as though I should tiptoe up the aisle and genuflect in careful silence.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • And each person who passed offered her a special greeting that fully expressed what was so eloquently tacit in their general conduct—the young men turned to the mother and quickly, formally, lightly crossed their arms against their chests and bowed their heads with a smile; the maidens approached with just a hint of a curtsy, much like the fleeting genuflection with which visitors honor the high altar in a church, but then made sure to add several energetic, cheerful, cordial nods.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Genuflection before the idol or before money wastes away the muscles which walk and the will which advances.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Genuflecting, and ducking and bowing and scraping, and basting themselves with signs of the Cross, and all that disgusting hocus-pocus, and you come to one simple, single act of Christian charity and what happens?
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Again two minutes passed and the aged courier got unsteadily up from his pew, sidestepped into the aisle, genuflected as best his body would permit, and made his way, step by imperfect step, to the second confessional booth on the left.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • That doesn’t mean we have to genuflect when he says Mass.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • And at 4:00 P.M., Dr. Jordan informed the genuflecting Japanese that he would gladly volunteer his most secret work on Visual Purple to these fine youngsters to aid them in their own research.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • At the hour when time began to slow, I genuflected in the aisle of the chapel of St. Giles.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The priest genuflected and prayed at the first fall of Christ.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Several late-comers, thinking there was an empty seat, genuflected at the pew’s entrance and prepared to enter.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • I glanced behind, to see one of the young monks whose name I didn’t know genuflecting near the rear entrance.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I genuflected at the font of holy water, wet my fingertips, and made the sign of the cross.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • I genuflected to the Presence then, and left the chapel, never doubting, in the eternity of the moment when time stops, that I had an answer, but having no idea what that answer was.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Canon O’Hanlon put the Blessed Sacrament back into the tabernacle and genuflected and the choir sang Laudate Dominum omnes gentes and then he locked the tabernacle door because the benediction was over and Father Conroy handed him his hat to put on and crosscat Edy asked wasn’t she coming but Jacky Caffrey called out: —O, look, Cissy!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Because the odour inhaled corresponded to other odours inhaled of other ungual fragments, picked and lacerated by Master Bloom, pupil of Mrs Ellis’s juvenile school, patiently each night in the act of brief genuflection and nocturnal prayer and ambitious meditation.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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