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  • Francis chose to make it his cross to bear in life; he never understood why his Uncle Atticus remained on excellent but remote terms with his father—Francis thought Atticus should Do Something—or why his mother was not prostrate from his father’s eccentric, therefore unforgivable, behavior.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He sat down on the edge of the bed and softly kicked Colin’s prostrate body.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • I want you on your toes, off-balance, intimidated, handcuffed and willing to prostrate yourself at my command.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • All he wanted was that I sit beside him as he lay prostrate on his bedpad and gently pat him on the back with a slow, steady rhythm.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • Prostration complete, the doctor said.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He was told by her remaining son that she was prostrate with grief and could not be reached.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Suddenly, she was back at the duel, prostrate on the ground, Cain laughing behind her, but all she could see, all she could hear, was Chaol as he knelt and reached for her.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Chicago is not hopelessly prostrate.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Coach Warner himself grabbed Tino, who was still standing over Erik’s prostrate body.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • He hopped and swayed what he called a "new jive" while the kids clapped their hands and tapped their feet until the great head of Mrs. Brown appeared in the window, flashing a look the Romans must have worn on their faces when turning thumbs down on some prostrate Christian.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • And something stern and commanding and consummately outraged in the voice of the man, whom she could barely see from her vantage point, caused an odd and pleasant chill to course up her back even as she reclined there in her feeble, prostrate helplessness.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I drew a blanket up over the old man’s prostrate form, and tiptoed away, leaving him dreaming by the fire.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "Thank God," said Boris fervently, falling to the concrete to prostrate himself before the Lord.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Winston was not hurt, only prostrated.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Tom stood over the prostrate man.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • In some, the women were prostrated as if-God forbid this thought-insujda for prayer.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • They made a halt at seven o’clock, the young woman being still in a state of complete prostration.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • But why, why did you go on firing at a prostrate man?
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • The pain and alarm vanished at once, and the prostrate hobbits leaped to their feet.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Men in uniform were hugging each other, laughing, shouting; others were weeping; some knelt or lay prostrate, and Ender knew they were caught up in prayer.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The voice of Labor, despised and outraged; a mighty giant, lying prostrate—mountainous, colossal, but blinded, bound, and ignorant of his strength.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • So much did this sensibly touch my heart, that I gave God thanks for my recovery from weakness in the most humble prostration.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He was aghast at his hesitation and, trying to arouse his former devotional feeling, prostrated himself before the Gates of the Temple.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Security warden Claude Grouard simmered with rage as he stood over his prostrate captive in front of the Mona Lisa.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Her spirits even were good, and she was full of a happy vivacity, but I could see evidences of the absolute prostration which she had undergone.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • And since I was not able to write while I was prostrate on the floor supporting myself with the palms of my hands, I can’t say verbatim the exact words he said, but I bet I can come damn close.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • As I passed him, his teeth loudly chattered in his head, and with every mark of extreme humiliation, he prostrated himself in the dust.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I rest again at the end of the car, prostrate between the top rails.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • He knew that the prostrate creatures down by the wall were watching him and wished him gone.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • It was a prostrate man face downward upon the ground, the head doubled under him at a horrible angle, the shoulders rounded and the body hunched together as if in the act of throwing a somersault.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The Jew again bade her good-night, and, bestowing a sly kick upon the prostrate form of Mr. Sikes while her back was turned, groped downstairs.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • This failed to drive Buck from his prostrate rival, and the butt of the whip was brought into play.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Where I have learn’d me to repent the sin Of disobedient opposition To you and your behests; and am enjoin’d By holy Lawrence to fall prostrate here, To beg your pardon:—pardon, I beseech you!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Thousands of voices repeated the benediction; thousands of men prostrated themselves like trees before a tempest.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • My excessive fatigue induced me to remain prostrate; and sleep soon overtook me as I lay.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • We went out to see the hero that had withstood so many tempests, and it wrung my heart to see him prostrate who had mightily striven and was now mightily fallen.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Linton had sunk prostrate again in another paroxysm of helpless fear, caused by his father’s glance towards him, I suppose: there was nothing else to produce such humiliation.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The lawn was covered with prostrate men, too tired to walk farther, too weak from wounds to move.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • One day when I was reproaching him for his unavailing searches, and deploring the prostration of mind that followed them, he looked at me, and, smiling bitterly, opened a volume relating to the History of the City of Rome.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • All my tactics lay in simply being utterly annihilated and prostrate before her purity.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The prostrate bodies seemed to emerge from within the tombs, pressing upward against the marble lids as if trying to escape their mortal restraints.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And if one of you returneth to the world, let him comfort my memory that yet lies prostrate from the blow that envy gave it.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • When Father Kleinsorge and the other priests came into the park, nodding to their friends as they passed, the Nakamuras were all sick and prostrate.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • As strange misgrown masses gather in the knot-holes of the noblest oaks when prostrate, so from the points which the whale’s eyes had once occupied, now protruded blind bulbs, horribly pitiable to see.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I slept after the prostration of the day, with a stringent and profound slumber which not even the nightmares that wrung me could avail to break.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Bounding from his footsteps he appeared for an instant darting through the air and descending in a ball he fell on the chest of his enemy, driving him many yards from the spot, headlong and prostrate.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • "Invisible!" and so forth, and a young fellow, a stranger in the place whose name did not come to light, rushed in at once, caught something, missed his hold, and fell over the constable’s prostrate body.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • But she had been sick all the way across the ocean, prostrate, clench bellied, and vomiting.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • He tried to put to himself, for the last time, and definitely, the problem over which he had, in a manner, fallen prostrate with fatigue: Ought he to denounce himself?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He snuffed round the prostrate group, and then he ran up to me; it was all he could do, — there was no other help at hand to summon.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
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