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  • She slips away, and I grit my teeth as Grandfather coerces me into a stilted discus— sion with the governor.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Conversations became stilted, and we began to argue for the first time.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Formal, a little stilted, it was from Rosemarie, and folded in it were two photographs of my grandmother.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Their conversations were filled with their usual banter but it was somehow stilted at the same time, for he knew she wanted him to forgive himself.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • Although there was no real rapport between us, the stilted conversation which followed revealed that these people formed a part of Ootek’s band which had spent the summer farther east and had only just returned to the home camps, where they had been told of the presence of a strange white man at Mike’s cabin.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The conversation was slow and stilted at first, but before long she was telling me how tormented she’d been, how the drugs seemed to be the only thing that gave her any relief, if only for a short time.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • In any case, I also noticed that she was becoming a little incoherent; her voice had an intonation that was both stilted and thick, and her lips moved in an odd artificial way as if they had been numbed by Novocaine.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Yet despite Francie and Em and our stilted pleasantries in the kitchen, Kitsey’s apartment was one of the few places I felt truly safe in New York.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I descend the stairs to stilted applause, more focused on not tripping.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • What followed was a strange and stilted conversation.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • Conversation was stilted.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • And the prose in the memoranda of other officers was always turgid, stilted, or ambiguous.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "The normal cells which make up our bodies are tiny objects, five thousand of which would fit on the head of a pin," he said, his voice a bit too loud and stilted.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Her legs stilted with fear, she continued down.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Although the tone of the journal, written in the third person in a stilted, self-consciousness voice, often veers toward melodrama, the available evidence indicates that McCandless did not misrepresent the facts; telling the truth was a credo he took seriously.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • His appearance, — I forget what description you gave of his appearance; — a sort of raw curate, half strangled with his white neckcloth, and stilted up on his thick-soled high-lows, eh?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • We drove through the darkened streets to his home, talking in a strangely stilted manner.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • "You have a sweetheart or a brother, I presume?" she asked in her stilted readerish way.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He is not easily astonished, he is still less easily terrified, he makes songs on superstitions, he takes the wind out of exaggerations, he twits mysteries, he thrusts out his tongue at ghosts, he takes the poetry out of stilted things, he introduces caricature into epic extravaganzas.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He was too stilted, too selfopinionated.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I hate awkwardness and those weird stilted conversations and feeling like I can’t go somewhere because you’re there, or whatever.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Tall as a dead tree in winter all skull, all scarecrow-stilted bones, the thin man, the Skeleton, Mr Skull played his xylophone shadow upon hidden things, cold paper rubbish, warm flinching boys, below.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The conversation was stilted, almost uncomfortable at first, because Richard didn’t volunteer much more than was asked directly.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Our dinner conversations, for instance, were stilted by routine.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • Conversation was stilted.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Long, high-worded, stilted letters the poor boy wrote and rewrote and copied.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • "Are you saying the printout shows the first ambiguous signs of a barely perceptible condition deriving from minimal acceptable spillage exposure? " Why was I speaking in this stilted fashion?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • I’m here, father,’ the man seemed to take a long breath for his surprising stilted statement, ’on an errand of mercy.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Without understanding when or how, without a tangible change in the stilted intoning of the stage-puppets, she was conscious of another time and place.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Now we were in her room, where she was changing out of her soccer uniform into regular clothes, while Fang made lame, stilted conversation with Dr. Martinez in the living room.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • A hooded figure stood in the doorway and for a second the Consul thought it was Het Masteen, but then he realized that this man was much shorter, his voice not accented with the stilted Templar consonants.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The words were awkward, stilted because of her embarrassment, but they seemed sincere.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • We listen to the earnest attempts of their talk, the bits of their stilted English.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • "Yes," Cuthbert said, stiltedly formal now.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Though in print the speech would seem a bit stilted, it was delivered with great force and effect.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Felicia remembers her son’s gangly body, his first stilted dancing steps, and begins to cry.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Well, and the little pussycat can meow some very pretty French and a little stilted High German—but write?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He tottered on comical, stilted legs to the sheltering side of the mare, peeping around her rear end at Joe.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • I had to read several of the letters he’d received first to pick up the stilted formal style of the day.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • I don’t doubt that’s true, but wouldn’t you say that the first few paragraphs are a little  stilted?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • They descended to the main deck, moving in a strange and stilted gait because they were not used to walking with their boots off.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • In each case, the conversation had been stilted; they had tiptoed through the talk as though through the bedroom of a fitfully sleeping child.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • But my mom and I weren’t normal, so this—stilted and vague as it might be—was the closest we’d come to each other in ages.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Every Friday, they went on a date—another recommendation of the couples counselor—and while it still felt stilted at times, both of them knew it was important.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • The letters were formal and a little stilted.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • She set foot in the road then, walking stilted in Miss Myra’s shoes and carrying Miss Theo’s shoes tied together around her neck, her train in the road behind her.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • In the stilted phrasing of a young captain from Pennsylvania, Alexander Graydon, "The appearance of things was not much calculated to excite sanguine expectations in the mind of the sober observer."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • She wrote until a late hour, and at last composed a letter she knew did not ring true, so stilted and restrained was it in all passages save those concerning news of Glenn’s comrade and of her own friends.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • He applied to a Chicago teachers’ agency, and received a stilted answer promising to look about and inquiring whether he would care to take the position of teacher of physics and chemistry in a suburban high school.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • We ran through smogged-out hollows past houses stilted over raw defiles and we ran into wooded areas that had the look of tinder, a dry white dusty stillness, a sense of combustible edge, but maybe not—I might have been devising my own newsreel.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
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