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  • Employees became restive as management grew increasingly more demanding.
  • She grew restive during the discussion and finally began to collect her things to leave.
  • The government has done nothing to ease restrictions and manufacturers are growing increasingly restive.
  • Ma stirred restively, but she held her peace.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath

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  • They had all the more reason for doing so because the news of their defeat had spread across the countryside and made the animals on the neighbouring farms more restive than ever.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Will stirred, restively.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Lane was shifting restively in his chair,
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The brush along the road stirred restively under a new and unexpected population of gray tigers and gray bears.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • [NUGGET mimes restiveness.]
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • Even the room felt restive: The afternoon sun lit up an atomic flurry of dust motes.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • I rose carefully and stepped back and buckled my trousers, wanting desperately to wake her and kiss her on the mouth but instead letting her remain, recalling how restive and sleepless she said she’d been.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The people were already in the gas chamber and becoming restive, and I had to act.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Entertaining as this all was, I could see Mutt becoming rather restive.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • And she understood Louie’s restiveness.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Katczinsky is restive, that’s a bad sign.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • As often happens, the horses of a convoy wagon became restive at the end of the bridge, and the whole crowd had to wait.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain ball.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The other swore at his restive horse, and then cleared his throat.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • The crowd is restive in the presence of the impulses of paladins.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Mammy shifted from one foot to another like a restive elephant.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He let the whip fall, and the restive mares broke forward at a canter through the town into the open country.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Yet I am of opinion, this defect arises chiefly from a perverse, restive disposition; for they are cunning, malicious, treacherous, and revengeful.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • "In truth," replied he on the mare, "I would not pass you so hastily but for fear that horse might turn restive in the company of my mare."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Lee held the restive horse while Mrs. Bacon was helped up into the rig.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • In fact, precisely as a rash, restive horse is said to feel his oats, so Turkey felt his coat.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • "It’s the only thing ye ever was persistent in, Lord knows!" muttered Aunt Chloe, who was getting rather restive; the merriment of the evening being to her somewhat after the Scripture comparison,—like "vinegar upon nitre."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Mr. Sparling became restive and bitter and began to talk in a desolate monotone about his eleven months in France during the Great War.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • She’s getting restive.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And, take note, that all my life she held a document over me, the IOU for thirty thousand roubles, so if I were to elect to be restive about anything I should be trapped at once!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • A smaller and lighter horse, but restive and fiery, was brought to Legolas.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Except for an occasional and unaccountable insurgent who chose a restive black, they married "up," lightening the family complexion and thinning out the family features.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Driving was out of the question, because one of the horses was restive, and bolted in the shafts.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The spectators became restive, wondering what the hitch was, and why the trial by battle did not proceed in the usual way.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "See, the rest o’ the tribe … Aragog’s family …. they’re gettin’ a bit funny now he’s ill… bit restive …"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • I kept looking at Maxim, but he gave no sign, and then Giles embarked upon a story, rather difficult to follow, about digging a car out of a snow-drift — what had started the train of thought I could not tell — and I listened to him politely, nodding my head now and again and smiling, aware of Maxim becoming restive at his end of the table.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • This afternoon she was peculiarly restive.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • He was restive all through it; he kept tally of the details of the prayer, unconsciously —for he was not listening, but he knew the ground of old, and the clergyman’s regular route over it—and when a little trifle of new matter was interlarded, his ear detected it and his whole nature resented it; he considered additions unfair, and scoundrelly.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • But as Claggart went on, the former’s aspect changed into restiveness under something in the witness’ manner in giving his testimony.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Saturday afternoons too he spends there, alone now, with the other workmen all down town in their Sunday clothes and neckties, in that terrific and aimless and restive idleness of men who labor.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • "—he corrected himself hurriedly—"don’t be vexed with me for my restiveness, I beg you again.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Sir Percy was an enthusiastic whip; his four thoroughbreds, which had been sent down to Dover a couple of days before, were just sufficiently fresh and restive to add zest to the expedition and Marguerite revelled in anticipation of the few hours of solitude, with the soft night breeze fanning her cheeks, her thoughts wandering, whither away?
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • These two seemed to keep at a distance from the fire, that the horse might not become restive.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • This reply was made while Gurth was buckling on the Knight’s heels a pair of large gilded spurs, capable of convincing any restive horse that his best safety lay in being conformable to the will of his rider.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Paul was restive in his clumsy cast, and angry because he yearned to get back to his clinic in Cange.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • It is only when you have mastered a restive horse, or thrashed a drayman, or have got a gun in your hand, that these shy juniors feel you to be a truly admirable and enviable character.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The cattle were restive too, mosquitoes around their eyes and in their nostrils.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • II On the morning of the dinner, Mrs. Babbitt was restive.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • During the last groggy stretch I couldn’t any longer stay in and went into the street with him where the cries about him made him restive.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Once he spoke in low, quick tones to his companion, and he stirred the boughs with his feet like an animal that is restive.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Many of the people in the ANC were restive, and in September, at a press conference, I said that the continuing violence might necessitate taking up arms once more.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
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