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  • She argues that the organization has grown somnolent and needs shaking up.
  • the sound had a somnolent effect
  • I turned on the somnolent Ian.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The babies would chitter and scramble over the indulgent, somnolent bodies of the adults, and nip little bites from the dead animal.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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  • Perry looked at the invalid, still somnolent, dazed, deaf, and he looked at the boy, who returned his gaze calmly, not begging, not "asking for anything," and Perry remembered himself at that age, his own wanderings with an old man.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Even in the profoundest somnolence, people do not tread so deeply into the realm of sleep.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • …skin that tightened again upon a paunch ..., as though muscle and tissue had been courage or fortitude which the days or the years had consumed until only the indomitable skeleton was left rising like a ruin or a landmark above the somnolent and impervious guts ,and...
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Sometimes nothing will rouse her from her bed, from a somnolence that coats the very air she breathes.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • ...came a never-to-be-forgotten sound: a low, somnolent buzz, like the sound of hightension wires.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • There are three Smart Aids in Englewood, the small, somnolent beach town where I live.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • Evidently he could stand a lot, for not until the pups were totally exhausted and had collapsed into complete somnolence did he get to his feet, careful not to step on the small, sprawled forms, and disengage himself.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, in the early sixties, a town fed by warm salt tides and cooled by mild winds from the sea; a somnolent town built on a high bluff where a river snaked fortuitously.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Arriving in the somnolent little town on the Pamlico River, we greeted my grandmother with soft words and exceptional tenderness, for she had been nearly totally paralyzed from a stroke for many years.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I relapsed temporarily into a state of satisfied somnolence, but roused myself shortly to go down for breakfast.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A lazy somnolence descended on the crowd.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • An unmarked ornithopter squatted nearby, humming softly on standby like a somnolent insect.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The pronunciation of a few words, the name, no doubt, which her husband had whispered in her ear, had sufficed to rouse this huge, somnolent woman, and from being repulsive she became terrible.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But when I returned, I found you, oh, so altered! wearing already that mask of somnolent indifference which you have never laid aside until …. until now.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Then there is least somnolence in us; and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Onward to the dead sea they tramp to drink, unslaked and with horrible gulpings, the salt somnolent inexhaustible flood.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It seemed to him that as he sat there the yellow day contemplated him drowsily, like a prone and somnolent yellow cat.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The nervous excitement of which we speak pursued Valentine even in her sleep, or rather in that state of somnolence which succeeded her waking hours; it was then, in the silence of night, in the dim light shed from the alabaster lamp on the chimney-piece, that she saw the shadows pass and repass which hover over the bed of sickness, and fan the fever with their trembling wings.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Then Fermina Daza saw her town again in the somnolence of two o’clock in the afternoon.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • When they had passed the little town of Stourcastle, dumbly somnolent under its thick brown thatch, they reached higher ground.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Little by little, he regained his senses; at first, for several minutes, he was floating in a sort of half-somnolent revery, which was not without its charm, in which aeriel figures of the gypsy and her goat were coupled with Quasimodo’s heavy fist.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The dark street lightened, the dwellings of the rich loomed up around them, he stopped his coup_ in front of the great white bulk of the Mortimer Joneses house, somnolent, 15. gorgeous, drenched with the splendor of the damp moonlight.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • The droning voice of the professor continued to wind itself slowly round and round the coils it spoke of, doubling, trebling, quadrupling its somnolent energy as the coil multiplied its ohms of resistance.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • There was a sylvan attitude of somnolent sleepiness pervading that section of the external outward surface of Alabama that lay exposed to my view.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • He was expecting a series of monosyllables, mere yes’s and no’s dragged out of her, out of her lethargy and stupor; a series of compelled and somnolent responses to his own firm demands.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The dull depression he experienced in a somnolent condition at first gave him a little relief, but only as something new, afterwards it became as distressing as the pain itself or even more so.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • They were activities which, beside those of a town, a village, or even a farm, would have appeared as the ferment of stagnation merely, a creeping of the flesh of somnolence.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • An empty glass stood on a table before him, which, with his somnolent condition and a very strong smell of brandy and water, forewarned the visitor that Mr Squeers had been seeking, in creature comforts, a temporary forgetfulness of his unpleasant situation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Jude was in such physical pain from his unfortunate break-down of the previous night, and in such mental pain from the loss of Sue and from having yielded in his half-somnolent state to Arabella, that when he saw his few chattels unpacked and standing before his eyes in this strange bedroom, intermixed with woman’s apparel, he scarcely considered how they had come there, or what their coming signalized.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • His hands clasped themselves over his capacious paunch, his eyes blinked, as if he would have liked to reply kindly to these blandishments (she was seductive but a little nervous) but could not, sunk as he was in a grey-green somnolence which embraced them all, without need of words, in a vast and benevolent lethargy of well-wishing; all the house; all the world; all the people in it, for he had slipped into his glass at lunch a few drops of something, which accounted, the children…
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • The bell-like clarity of her voice caused somnolent lizards on the wall to snap to attention.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The lake of my mind, unbroken by oars, heaves placidly and soon sinks into an oily somnolence.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Behind the house, honeysuckle grew in a wild drift, calling the somnolent bees of a summer afternoon.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Minneapolis was small, somnolent, and full of Swedish and Norwegian farmers as charming as cornstalks.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Some constitutions plunge the citizens into a lethargic somnolence, and others rouse them to feverish excitement.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He paid no more attention till the young man’s voice at the porch edge roused him from his half-somnolence.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • She grew weak and somnolent, could spend hours; lying in the shade looking up at the sun, uninterested in anything else.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Murrell wore no mask, for his face was that, a face that was aware while he was somnolent, a face that watched for him, and listened for him, alert and nearly brutal, the guard of a planner.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • The murmur of water, the hum of bees, the songs of strange birds, the sweet, warm air, the dreamy summer somnolence of the valley—all these added drowsiness to Shefford’s weary lassitude, and he fell asleep.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • He was again painfully aware of a somnolent tendency in Frederick (which had no existence out of his own imagination), and after dinner, when Frederick had withdrawn, privately apologised to Mrs General for the poor man.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Nevertheless, there can be but few of us who had never known one of these rare moments of awakening when we see, hear, understand ever so much—everything—in a flash—before we fall back again into our agreeable somnolence.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Somewhere beyond the battening, urged sweep of three-bedroom houses rushing by their thousands across all the dark beige hills, somehow implicit in an arrogance or bite to the smog the more inland somnolence of San Narciso did lack, lurked the sea.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • It was a case of two dogs playing on a hearth-rug; one worrying a paper screw, snarling, snapping, giving a pinch, now and then, at the old dog’s ear; the other lying somnolent, blinking at the fire, raising a paw, turning and growling good-temperedly.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • Miss Margaret Blanchard and Mrs. C. M. McReady, the druggist’s drugged wife who, by the white pitted fabric of her skin, and the wide bright somnolence of her eyes, on honey-dew had fed too often, came out of the theatre and turned down toward Wood’s pharmacy.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • When the wind was west a sullen roar, remote as of some far-off driving mill, filled the valley; when it was east a dreamy hollow hum, a somnolent song, murmured through the cottonwoods; when no wind stirred, silence reigned, a silence not of serene plain or mountain fastness, but shut in, compressed, strange, and breathless.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • She gazed at him with new approval when she stopped, the lush, responsive tissues of her dark face turning darker still and blooming somnolently with a swelling and beautifying infusion of blood.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
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