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  • She was timorous as a mouse.
  • in a timorous tone
  • He was sitting, with a melancholy air, at his poor supper, when Smike’s timorous and uncertain knock reached his ears.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • He felt the hand that had closed round his wrist with his disengaged fingers, and his fingers went timorously up the arm, patted a muscular chest, and explored a bearded face.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man

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  • ...we fired our pistols in their faces, and drew out our swords; but there was no occasion; for they flew like timorous sheep, & only three of them remained, beckoning to the rest to come back.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • But he was one of those weak creatures, void of pride, timorous, anaemic, hateful souls, full of shifty cunning, who face neither God nor man, who face not even themselves.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • She moved, I have been told, like a lovely colt when she thought herself unwatched; as timorously as a rabbit when she felt her husband’s eye upon her.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Not even birds can pass them by, not even the timorous doves that bear ambrosia to Father Zeus; caught by downdrafts, they die on rockwall smooth as ice.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He told her that for some time he had assisted at the meetings of an Irish Socialist Party where.... The workmen’s discussions, he said, were too timorous;
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Gregor went and waited immediately by the door, resolved either to bring the timorous visitor into the room in some way or at least to find out who it was;
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • Until now those men were timorous as greenwood deer, light fare for jackals, leopards, wolves—wandering deer with no fight in them and no joy in battle.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • her mouth dropped open, her eyes stared wide and timorously, she was the picture of astonished curiosity touched with fear.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • to confide in him - timorously
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • In his former position it had been pleasant to ... pass through the crowd of petitioners and officials who were timorously awaiting an audience with the governor, and who envied him as with free and easy gait he went straight into his chief’s private room to...
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • The traitor speak, and timorously confess
    The manner and the purpose of his treasons;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Her voice was at once lusty and timorous.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • like a timorous thief
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • ...the group, peeping timorously over each other’s shoulders, beheld no more formidable object than poor little Oliver Twist,
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She was perhaps too young to realize that what she assumed was her love for Chacko was actually a tentative, timorous, acceptance of herself.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • And knowing your Mother’s delicate health and that timorousness which such delicately nurtured Southern ladies would naturally feel regarding matters of business...
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Do, with like timorous accent and dire yell,
    As when, by night and negligence, the fire Is spied in populous cities.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • She coaxed her father out of his bitter moods, upheld her timorous and anxious mother, gently restrained her rebellious sister and had reached to draw an uncertain alien into the circle.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • I nursed the course through mild disapproval, coddled it through every pitfall encountered on the way up proper channels, argued with timorous authorities, wrote out a magnificent course outline, then realized I did not know a single thing about the history of black people in.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • My first two blows were too weak and timorous.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • His pale-grey eyes flitted timorously from face to face and turned quickly away again when he caught anyone’s eye.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • ’Please excuse me,’ the chaplain persisted timorously.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Except that I remember them both to have been—like myself— timorous of highwaymen, and the prisoner has not a timorous air.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But if there happen to be an unduly slender, clumsy, or timorous wight in the ship, that wight is certain to be made a ship-keeper.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Several witnesses were called who had known her for many years, and they spoke well of her; but fear and hatred of the crime of which they supposed her guilty rendered them timorous and unwilling to come forward.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Melanie, however, did not seem to mind the smells, the wounds or the nakedness, which Scarlett thought strange in one who was the most timorous and modest of women.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "Alas, excellency," returned Bertuccio, joining his hands, and shaking his head in a manner that would have excited the count’s laughter, had not thoughts of a superior interest occupied him, and rendered him attentive to the least revelation of this timorous conscience.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • When, however, the closing cadence had fallen on the ears of his auditors, the secret, timorous glances of the eyes, and the general and yet subdued movement of the assemblage, betrayed that something was expected from the father of the deceased.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • But though Avdotya Romanovna shared her anxiety, and was not of timorous disposition, she could not see the glowing light in his eyes without wonder and almost alarm.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Darya Alexandrovna whispered timorously.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I mean the timorous or carping few who doubt the tendency of such books as "Jane Eyre:" in whose eyes whatever is unusual is wrong; whose ears detect in each protest against bigotry — that parent of crime — an insult to piety, that regent of God on earth.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • No matter how timorously her hand went up, Miss Briggs happened to see it.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Anna Sergyevna gave him some drink, not taking off her glove, and drawing her breath timorously.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Turn, O miserable, hard-hearted animal, turn, I say, those timorous owl’s eyes upon these of mine that are compared to radiant stars, and thou wilt see them weeping trickling streams and rills, and tracing furrows, tracks, and paths over the fair fields of my cheeks.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He waited in timorous silence to hear what Heron might say next.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • And the ladies,’ observed Mr. Chillip, timorously, ’are great observers, sir.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He turned a long you are wrong gaze on Stephen of timorous dark pride at the soft impeachment with a glance also of entreaty for he seemed to glean in a kind of a way that it wasn’t all exactly.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He is a man of weak and timorous character; he has suffered so much and is very good-natured.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "Doesn’t it interest you?" asked Mrs. Penniman, with a certain timorous archness.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • She went and knelt down by the bedside; and there this wounded and timorous, but gentle and loving soul, sought for consolation, where as yet, it must be owned, our little girl had but seldom looked for it.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • T S. Eliot, in "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1917), has his neurotic, timorous main character say he was never cut out to be Prince Hamlet, that the most he could be is an extra, someone who could come on to fill out the numbers onstage or possibly be sacrificed to plot exigency.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "I’ll try to think," she observed, rather more timorously; "if I can think out of doors; my mind spreads away so."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But in another moment she seemed to have descended from her womanly eminence to helpless and timorous girlhood; and he understood that her courage and initiative were all for others, and that she had none for herself.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • —went with the timorous patronage of these creatures towards him and held out a grey ear to be whispered into.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • But he that inrowleth himselfe a Souldier, or taketh imprest mony, taketh away the excuse of a timorous nature; and is obliged, not onely to go to the battell, but also not to run from it, without his Captaines leave.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • On reaching the place and going upstairs she found that all was quiet in the children’s room, and called to the landlady in timorous tones to please bring up the tea-kettle and something for their breakfast.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
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