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  • She is always on the move and busy, but her boyfriend is quiet and quiescent.
  • Lady Bertram was perfectly quiescent and contented, and had no objections to make.
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • On these lonely hills and dales her quiescent glide was of a piece with the element she moved in.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • I now strove to be entirely care-free and quiescent; and my conscience justified me in the attempt; though indeed it was not so successful as I could have wished.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street

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  • The hut, with its thatched roof and roughly hewn veranda, was the picture of modesty and quiescence.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • If Edgar Linton meets me, I shall not hesitate to knock him down, and give him enough to insure his quiescence while I stay.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • If moody Ahab was now all quiescence, at least so far as could be known on deck, Stubb, his second mate, flushed with conquest, betrayed an unusual but still good-natured excitement.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Just as in the mechanism of a clock, so in the mechanism of the military machine, an impulse once given leads to the final result; and just as indifferently quiescent till the moment when motion is transmitted to them are the parts of the mechanism which the impulse has not yet reached.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She lay quiescent, breathing raggedly, her hot face buried in the cool grass.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • By the late innings of the game the rest of the room—a few laggard coals glowed orange beneath the fireplace grate—lay sleeping in soft, quiescent shadows.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars

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  • A reception of finished politeness would probably have confused me: I could not have returned or repaid it by answering grace and elegance on my part; but harsh caprice laid me under no obligation; on the contrary, a decent quiescence, under the freak of manner, gave me the advantage.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And up from the quiescent, waiting land a faint mist rose, silver as moonlight, and clung about the tree trunks.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • The memory of those days was ever with me, yet the passing of time had made it quiescent; now my own words brought it savagely alive with a shrill, stabbing pain that swept the words away.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He brought out his hand, shook water from it, staring at the quiescent metal in the fountain.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Branches caught at Harry’s hair and robes, but he lay quiescent, his mouth lolling open, his eyes shut, and in the darkness, while the Death Eaters coed all around them, and while Hagrid sobbed blindly, nobody looked to see whether a pulse beat in the exposed neck of Harry Potter….
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He nodded and continued to lie quiescent, staring at the ceiling.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • On these lonely hills and dales her quiescent glide was of a piece with the element she moved in.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It was but of brief continuance, however; soon leaving him in a quiescent, and, to judge by his countenance, not an uncomfortable state.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • And it flashes out in your face still, until you draw that veil of dull quiescence over it.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Lady Bertram was perfectly quiescent and contented, and had no objections to make.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • This will be my last entry before attempting the quiescent flame forest in the morning.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "Oh," said George, relapsing into a gently simmering quiescence.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • He was no longer quiescent in his chair; he wandered about the room, he dropped on the couch beside her.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The traffic had diminished considerably, the rush hour over, the street in the doldrums of midmorning quiescence.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • That dream, of sharing, completing, of finding in solitude on the beach an answer, was then but a reflection in a mirror, and the mirror itself was but the surface glassiness which forms in quiescence when the nobler powers sleep beneath?
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Her beauty, which, whilst it had been quiescent, he had praised in jest, had in its animated phases moved him to earnest; and though his seriousness was less than she imagined, it was probably more than he imagined himself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Some additional ten minutes may have passed in this quiescent manner, on both sides, when Deerslayer thought he heard a slight noise, like a low rubbing against the bottom of his canoe.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Smiling as changelessly as an ivory figurine she sat quiescent, avoiding thought, glancing about the living-room and hall, noting their betrayal of unimaginative commercial prosperity.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • …in the Sundam trench of the Pacific exceeding 8000 fathoms: the restlessness of its waves and surface particles visiting in turn all points of its seaboard: the independence of its units: the variability of states of sea: its hydrostatic quiescence in calm: its hydrokinetic turgidity in neap and spring tides: its subsidence after devastation: its sterility in the circumpolar icecaps, arctic and antarctic: its climatic and commercial significance: its preponderance of 3 to 1 over the…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But M. d’Orsan was not lacking in that either, and his relations with Swann—cordial, but scarcely intimate, arising from the pleasure which, as they held the same views about everything, they found in talking together—were more quiescent than the enthusiastic affection of M. de Charlus, who was apt to be led into passionate activity, good or evil.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • For, I daresay, all this may sound romantic, but it is tiring, tiring, tiring to have been in the midst of it; to have taken the tickets; to have caught the trains; to have chosen the cabins; to have consulted the purser and the stewards as to diet for the quiescent patient who did nothing but announce her belief in an Omnipotent Deity.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • After a long look at him she resumed with the old quiescent warmth: "Must I go on weakly confessing to you things a woman ought to conceal; and own that no words can express how gloomy I have been because of that dreadful belief I held till two hours ago—that you had quite deserted me?"
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • She folded herself in the large chair, and leaned her head against it in fatigued quiescence, while Tantripp went away wondering at this strange contrariness in her young mistress—that just the morning when she had more of a widow’s face than ever, she should have asked for her lighter mourning which she had waived before.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Then the arrival of Man stirred them from their quiescence.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • It was the only way to keep them quiescent.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • A heretofore quiescent problem was suddenly catapulted into the national consciousness.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Laurella Consadine lay quiescent for a moment, big black eyes studying the smoky logs that raftered the roof.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • For now, though, we’ll have lunch, let it melt back into a nice quiescent ball and come back and try it again.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • ) THE HE-APE The world’s the ball: Doth rise and fall, And roll incessant: Like glass doth ring, A hollow thing,— How soon will’t spring, And drop, quiescent?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • At the moment, Vitaly Chernobyl is stretched out on a futon, quiescent, and Hiro Protagonist is sitting crosslegged at a low table, Nipponese style, consisting of a cargo pallet set on cmderbiocks.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • She tried to reach out, to whatever coded tenacity of protein might improbably have held on six feet below, still resisting decay—any stubborn quiescence perhaps gathering itself for some last burst, some last scramble up through earth, just-glimmering, holding together with its final strength a transient, winged shape, needing to settle at once in the warm host, or dissipate forever into the dark.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • …works with all his energies; he is for ever driving about over his district; delivers long speeches (he maintains the opinion that the peasants ought to be ’brought to comprehend things,’ that is to say, they ought to be reduced to a state of quiescence by the constant repetition of the same words); and yet, to tell the truth, he does not give complete satisfaction either to the refined gentry, who talk with chic, or depression of the emancipation (pronouncing it as though it were…
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • "Some of the time—let’s say, much of the time—it becomes quiescent.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • A training table remained, and a fencing mirror with its crystal prisms quiescent, the target dummy beside it patched and padded, looking like an ancient foot soldier maimed and battered in the wars.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The nematode apparently stays in the wound, more or less quiescent, for a period we’re still trying to pin down.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • They may scorn cash now; but let some months go by, and no perspective promise of it to them, and then this same quiescent cash all at once mutinying in them, this same cash would soon cashier Ahab.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Eustacia floated round and round on Wildeve’s arm, her face rapt and statuesque; her soul had passed away from and forgotten her features, which were left empty and quiescent, as they always are when feeling goes beyond their register.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • But the overpowering heat inclines me to be perfectly quiescent in the daytime.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Once only a board sprang on the landing; once in the middle of the night with a roar, with a rupture, as after centuries of quiescence, a rock rends itself from the mountain and hurtles crashing into the valley, one fold of the shawl loosened and swung to and fro.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • The other mote lay quiescent against her.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
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