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  • She paced back and forth in the hospital waiting room—looking pensive.
  • When asked about her future, she became pensive.
  • and she was leaning pensive on a tombstone on her right elbow, under a weeping willow,
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Rawlins rode with one leg crossed in front of him, leaning on his knee and smoking pensively as he studied the country.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses

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  • He looked at it pensively.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I mimic the boy’s pensive tone.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The bookshelves are crowded with pictures of her: Ally dressed up like an octopus for Halloween in first grade, Ally wearing a green velvet dress and smiling in front of an enormous Christmas tree absolutely collapsing with ornaments, Ally squinting in a bikini, Ally laughing, Ally frowning, Ally looking pensive.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Nothing dramatic, my mother is too sensible to sing dirges, but she would get pensive, she would remove herself, and I would have none of it, needful thing that I was.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Pensive, he bit at the inside of his thumb.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • As Chronicler gathered his paper and quills, Kvothe studied the angle of the sun through the window, a pensive look on his face.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • He took a lengthy, pensive drag from his pipe.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Christopher-John’s whistling increased to a raucous, nervous shrill, and grudgingly I let the matter drop and trudged along in moody silence, my brothers growing as pensively quiet as I. Before us the narrow, sun-splotched road wound like a lazy red serpent dividing the high forest bank of quiet, old trees on the left from the cotton field, forested by giant green-and purple stalks, on the right.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Meyer leaned back and stared at the ceiling pensively.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • She was silent for a moment, her face pensive and lovely.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She smiles a pensive, reminiscent smile.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The thought startled me out of my pensive immobility.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • As I approached her, a pensive expression replaced the smile on her face.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Atticus looked pensive.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But it is merely pensiveness.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • My leisure serves me, pensive daughter, now.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Masooma watched from her corner of the room with a pensive, helpless expression, as though she pitied her mother this predicament.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Andy Schmeikl walked across and studied her, up and down, his face pensive before breaking into a gaping smile.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • In Mariam’s lap, she sucked her thumb cheerlessly and watched Rasheed in a sullen, pensive way.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He let a paper knife hang between two fingers and tapped it pensively against the edge of a desk calendar.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • There was a brief silence; the abbe rose and paced up and down pensively, and then resumed his seat.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The old man had, in the meantime, been pensive, but on the appearance of his companions he assumed a more cheerful air, and they sat down to eat.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • ROXANE (ironically): You are pensive?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The gesture gave the creature a pensive, thoughtful quality.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Bernard meanwhile lay pensive and wide-eyed in the dark.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • And then he subsides into a pensive state, watches you furtively, bustles nervously with glasses, and presently leaves the bar.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Mrs. Lynde laughed comfortably over her mild joke, but Anne remained pensive.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Mrs. Dean raised the candle, and I discerned a soft-featured face, exceedingly resembling the young lady at the Heights, but more pensive and amiable in expression.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • 11 IN WHICH THE PLOT THICKENS His visit to M. de Treville being paid, the pensive d’Artagnan took the longest way homeward.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • O pensive infantry soldiers!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Martin Vanger built his house in the seventies," Salander said pensively.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The sportive sunlight—feebly sportive, at best, in the predominant pensiveness of the day and scene—withdrew itself as they came nigh, and left the spots where it had danced the drearier, because they had hoped to find them bright.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • These were among the echoes to which Lucie, sometimes pensive, sometimes amused and laughing, listened in the echoing corner, until her little daughter was six years old.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Afterward, as he crossed the darkening courthouse square, pensively scuffing through dry mounds of un-raked leaves, Dewey wondered at his lack of elation.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She’s right: In both photos Chris stares at the lens with the same pensive, recalcitrant squint, as if he’d been interrupted in the middle of an important thought and was annoyed to be wasting his time in front of the camera.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • ’I wish you’d put your uniform on instead of going around naked that way,’ he confided pensively before he climbed back down again and hurried away.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Filby became pensive.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • So oppressed was I at these troubles, that I gave over my enterprize, sailing to a little creek on the shore, where stepping out, I set me down on a rising hill, very pensive and thoughtful.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Then they came upon vast tracts extending to the horizon, with jungles inhabited by snakes and tigers, which fled at the noise of the train; succeeded by forests penetrated by the railway, and still haunted by elephants which, with pensive eyes, gazed at the train as it passed.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I’d arrive home in high spirits, chatting nineteen to the dozen, until the events of the morning would repeat themselves and I’d leave the room with my schoolbag in my hand and a pensive look on my face.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • There were a few more of Mallory as well, doing a full range of looks: pensive, dreamy, and, perhaps due to something Owen had just said, annoyed.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Tears are signs of gladness as well as grief; but those which coursed down Rose’s face, as she sat pensively at the window, still gazing in the same direction, seemed to tell more of sorrow than of joy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • As I walked home in a pensive mood, my vanity got the better of my pity.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • CHAPTER IX Emma’s pensive meditations, as she walked home, were not interrupted; but on entering the parlour, she found those who must rouse her.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • On a fine autumnal afternoon, Ichabod, in pensive mood, sat enthroned on the lofty stool from whence he usually watched all the concerns of his little literary realm.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • The scout was hard by, leaning in a pensive posture on his own fatal and avenging weapon; while Tamenund, supported by the elders of his nation, occupied a high place at hand, whence he might look down on the mute and sorrowful assemblage of his people.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
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