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  • She fell into a deep torpor.
  • And within five minutes, the class had sunk back into its usual torpor.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • At length the death-stricken old man lay quietly in the torpor of mental and bodily exhaustion, with an imperceptible pulse, and breath that grew fainter and fainter, except when a long, deep, and irregular inspiration seemed to prelude the flight of his spirit.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • You must expunge yourself of this …. this torpor.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • Miss Avocet stayed on, emerging from her torpor now and then to wander the halls, calling out forlornly for her poor abandoned wards before slumping into someone’s arms to be taken back to bed.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I had been paying little attention to our surroundings, as I dreamily enjoyed the growing warmth of the sun, but suddenly my eye struck a familiar rock formation and I started out of my torpor.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Back on Hawaii, he sank into a cold torpor.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Little by little she sank into a torpor—she fell silent.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The thought of a duty unfulfilled shook off his torpor, and he hurried from the abode of drunkenness.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • "For Peppino!" cried Andrea, who seemed roused from the torpor in which he had been plunged.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • The same torpor, as regarded the capacity for intellectual effort, accompanied me home, and weighed upon me in the chamber which I most absurdly termed my study.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • At the sight of another human being my torpor passed, and I leaned out of the window eagerly.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Scarcely had I finished my repast, when I felt myself sink by degrees into a strange torpor.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Elizabeth alone had the power to draw me from these fits; her gentle voice would soothe me when transported by passion and inspire me with human feelings when sunk in torpor.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Harry looked right and received a surprise to shake him out of his torpor.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Coming in from his work, he gorged himself on fried food and went to bed and to sleep in the resulting torpor.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • She was the only one of his family who could rouse the old man from the torpor in which he seemed to live.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • I know all your sisters have done for me since — for I have not been insensible during my seeming torpor — and I owe to their spontaneous, genuine, genial compassion as large a debt as to your evangelical charity.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • How long I was sunk in this torpor I cannot estimate; but when I awoke, it seemed as if the sun were settling toward the horizon.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But the complete torpor came at last: the fingers lost their tension, the arms unbent; then the little head fell away from the bosom, and the blue eyes opened wide on the cold starlight.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • ) FLORRY: (Sinking into torpor, crossing herself secretly) The end of the world!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In that hour no one could have perceived in Agamemnon a moment’s torpor or malingering, but fiery ardor for the battle-test that brings honor to men.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • There is a certain state of inert asceticism in which the soul, neutralized by torpor, a stranger to that which may be designated as the business of living, receives no impressions, either human, or pleasant or painful, with the exception of earthquakes and catastrophes.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Bazarov did not get up again that day, and passed the whole night in heavy, half-unconscious torpor.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • BOOK THE THIRD — GARNERING CHAPTER I — ANOTHER THING NEEDFUL LOUISA awoke from a torpor, and her eyes languidly opened on her old bed at home, and her old room.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • A torpor seized her; she stopped.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • A dull torpor of the soul or the dullness of the thundercloud, charged with intellection and capable of the gloom of God?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It was the invigorating breath of a fresh outward atmosphere, after the long torpor and monotonous seclusion of her life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • It wasn’t torpor that kept her—she was often restless to the point of irritability.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Seabiscuit floated along in a state of contented, bovine torpor.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • But at last the roar of a bigger and nearer break than usual brought her out of her torpor, and she looked up, and her practiced eye fell upon that telltale rush of water.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • When there she threw herself on the bed with her clothes on, and lay in apparent torpor, as she had done once before on a memorable day of grief.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But under this torpor there was a fierce battle of emotions, such as Maggie in all her life of struggle had never known or foreboded; it seemed to her as if all the worst evil in her had lain in ambush till now, and had suddenly started up full-armed, with hideous, overpowering strength!
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • There wasa general slowdown; it was a time of patience, of hard yet productive reflection, and a vast torpor that ate away at the part of me that was excessive, cynical, life-affirming, and curious to a fault.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • A condition of healthy life so nearly resembling the torpor of death is a noticeable thing of its sort; to exhibit the inertness of the desert, and at the same time to be exercising powers akin to those of the meadow, and even of the forest, awakened in those who thought of it the attentiveness usually engendered by understatement and reserve.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • …attempt, would take the glasses from his nose and wipe them; and he told himself that he would do better to rest for a little, that there would be time enough later on, and settled back into his corner with as little curiosity, with as much torpor as the drowsy traveller who pulls his cap down over his eyes so as to get some sleep in the railway-carriage that is drawing him, he feels, faster and faster, out of the country in which he has lived for so long, and which he vowed that he…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The bodies prone in them seemed startled out of their torpor by his movement.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • They slept much of the time and often did nothing, in animal-like torpor.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Then came again that rolling noise like thunder which had awakened me out of torpor.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • They shared in the torpor of the town and in its puerile agitations.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • The plan had been to feed the beasts and chain them in their torpor, just as the queen had done.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Thomas feels something crack inside, releasing him from the torpor that stifled his movements and slowed his thoughts.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Delegate William Hooper of North Carolina, another signer of the Declaration of Independence, described a prevailing "torpor" in Congress.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • He was soggily sleepy, after two country drives on muddy roads, and in his torpor he gave her an overdose of strychnin, which so shocked and stimulated her that she decided to be well.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Worse still will be the case if the government really believes itself interested in preventing all circulation of ideas; it will then stand motionless, and oppressed by the heaviness of voluntary torpor.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Roran’s return stirred the Varden from their torpor for a few hours—he and the others with him were given a hero’s welcome—but an air of boredom soon settled over the majority of the Varden again.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • For a multitude of causes, unknown to former times, are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • The town, under the stimulus of the holidays and the returning students, had wakened momentarily from its winter torpor: warm brisk currents of life seethed over the pavements.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The dark trunks of the trees rose from the pure white of the snow in regularly formed shafts, until, at a great height, their branches shot forth horizontal limbs, that were covered with the meagre foliage of an evergreen, affording a melancholy contrast to the torpor of nature below.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • …wish well to both and find no fault with either not the least, it may be withering to know that ere the hand of Time had made me much less slim than formerly and dreadfully red on the slightest exertion particularly after eating I well know when it takes the form of a rash, it might have been and was not through the interruption of parents and mental torpor succeeded until the mysterious clue was held by Mr F. still I would not be ungenerous to either and I heartily wish well to both.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
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