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  • When I came to you last week and found you alone, I came determined to know the truth; though irresolute what to do when it WAS known.
    Austen, Jane  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • He was near the door now, barely two feet away from me where I stood at the threshold, irresolute, not knowing whether to forge on toward my room or to turn and flee.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He followed irresolutely for a little distance, half a pace behind her.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He stepped forward; but Boromir stood irresolute and did not follow.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • But to me it seemed irresolutely suspended, halted strangely before its time.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • There being still no answer, I went out at the door, irresolute what to do.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I knew that every minute was precious to me, yet I remained irresolute in what manner to commence the interview, when the old man addressed me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "I wish I had my truncheon," said the policeman, going irresolutely to the door.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • He looked then for weakness in her face, for fear or irresolution, and there was none.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • His father remarked the restless glances wandering to the window, and the hand irresolutely extended towards his cap.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • The girl seemed to waver, and Frome saw her twirl the end of her scarf irresolutely about her fingers.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • An expression of irresolution passed for an instant over her face, but her eyes had hardened again when she answered me.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • D’Artagnan comprehended their irresolution.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Harry stood, irresolute, trying to catch the voice again, but people were now emerging from the Great Hall behind him, talking loudly, exiting through the front doors on their way to the Quidditch pitch.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • At that he stood irresolute for a moment, then turned, scrambled out of the pit, and set off running wildly into Woking.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The old gentleman entered again, and George, as before, locked the door, and then stood for a few moments looking on the floor, irresolutely.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Presently she gave over skylarking, and moved irresolutely about, sighing once or twice and glancing furtively and wistfully toward Tom.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He now furtively raised his eyes: he glanced at me, irresolute, disturbed: he again surveyed the picture.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • For a fraction of a second he stood, irresolute, in front of Hagrid’s door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • A moisture came into his eyes, and, as the whipping continued, he arose and walked irresolutely up and down.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • She arose and stood irresolutely at the foot of the stairs.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • From being irresolute and purposeless, his feet became animated by an intention, and, in the working out of that intention, they took him to the Doctor’s door.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Standing, then in an irresolute attitude for a few minutes, as if he did not well know how to employ himself, he turned round and looked at Oliver, and called him by his name.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He paused irresolutely outside Martin Vanger’s house, took out his mobile, and punched in Salander’s number.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Gabriel held her hand for a moment longer, irresolutely, and then, shy of intruding on her grief, let it fall gently and walked quietly to the window.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He stood irresolute in the road.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • THE BARREL OF POWDER Marius, still concealed in the turn of the Rue Mondetour, had witnessed, shuddering and irresolute, the first phase of the combat.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Little Henry was in her thoughts, and a mixture of alarm and delicacy made her irresolute what else to say.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I made my way through a shower of petals to the great trunk and for one minute stood irresolute; then, putting my foot in the broad space between the forked branches, I pulled myself up into the tree.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • For an indefinite time I remain completely irresolute.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He stood irresolute, making some excuse about his mother who expected him; he even muttered something about an engagement.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • But I stood irresolute; when looking at a clock in the corner, he exclaimed "I vum it’s Sunday—you won’t see that harpooneer to-night; he’s come to anchor somewhere—come along then; DO come; WON’T ye come?"
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ’I guess I must be leaving,’ she said irresolutely.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • So getting no peace, she rose irresolute, and went to a room behind, and after some time she returned with the Bible.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • But how sad, despairing, and irresolute he must have felt, to judge from this ship whose soul he was, which reflected his every mood!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The troops of the left flank, infantry and hussars alike, felt that the commander did not himself know what to do, and this irresolution communicated itself to the men.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This appeal seemed to produce some effect, for two of the fellows began to look here and there among the lumber, but half-heartedly, I thought, and with half an eye to their own danger all the time, while the rest stood irresolute on the road.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Gently, on tip-toe, she crossed the landing and, like Blue Beard’s wife, trembling half with excitement and wonder, she paused a moment on the threshold, strangely perturbed and irresolute.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Bloom, holding in his hand Stephen’s hat, festooned with shavings, and ashplant, stands irresolute.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And irresolute princes, to avoid present dangers, generally follow the neutral path, and are generally ruined.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • His face showed irresolution, and a seeking for counsel, support, and guidance in a matter he did not understand.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The woman paled slightly, but quite perceptibly, and the man looked flustered and irresolute.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The gendarme looked irresolutely at his companion, who returned for answer a sign that said, "I see no great harm in telling him now," and the gendarme replied,— "You are a native of Marseilles, and a sailor, and yet you do not know where you are going?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Stephen looked at him with some little irresolution for a moment, and then seemed to make up his mind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • When I came to you last week and found you alone, I came determined to know the truth; though irresolute what to do when it WAS known.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The nurse stood irresolute, looking now at the kneeling figure by the bed (the scandalous exhibition!) and now (poor children!) at the twins who had stopped their hunting of the zipper and were staring from the other end of the ward, staring with all their eyes and nostrils at the shocking scene that was being enacted round Bed 20.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • I stood there irresolutely for a moment.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • She was surprised to find how irresolute her mother had become.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • ’And yet,’ said I, ’I get so miserable and worried, and am so unsteady and irresolute in my power of assuring myself, that I know I must want — shall I call it — reliance, of some kind?’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And it was the din of all these hollow-sounding voices that made him halt irresolutely in the pursuit of phantoms.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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