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  • —I wonder if your eyes and ears ever make anything save spasmodic contact with your brain.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • She sits and her cane flexes against the gravel and the boy clicks his buttons in spasmodic flurries.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The Commandant, who should have been in his attic office, had become briefly unpinned from his schedule, and the fear which his unexpected presence caused down below was transmitted instantly to Sophie, who thought that Wilhelmine’s sudden spasmodic and agonizing clutch around her thighs might cause the two of them to topple and fall.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • As he reached inside the door and flipped the light switch, I managed with a complex but spasmodic movement to throw the towel over the picture so (I hoped) he couldn’t see it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • Her fingers worked spasmodically.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Hopton Stoddard stared, and Toohey heard Stoddard’s false teeth clicking spasmodically.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Prince Hippolyte laughed spasmodically as he stood in the porch waiting for the vicomte whom he had promised to take home.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Then he gave Piper another spasmodic wink.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • "No, no, no!" said Tom, holding her small hands, which were clenched with spasmodic violence.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Her fingers closed spasmodically around it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes

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  • But at other times, she would gyrate and make grunting sounds and spasmodically sweep her books and pens to the floor.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • There could be seen spasmodic gulpings at his throat.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I could see that he was still breathing-spasmodically.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • There was something desperate, almost insane, about the sharp spasmodic yelps to which they now gave utterance.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The lion’s tail twitched spasmodically as he prepared to spring.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • George’s face at those moments would be flushed, his notes crumpled spasmodically in one hand.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Who does he think,’ he demanded, sniffing spasmodically and wiping his nose with the back of his sturdy wrist, ’he is, a cop or something?
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The only offensive operation men ventured upon after that night was the preparation of mines and pitfalls, and even in that their energies were frantic and spasmodic.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • "Oh," observed Madame de Villefort, "it must be an admirable anti-spasmodic."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The monster’s body was stiff and motionless, which made its rolling and fiery eyes, and the slow spasmodic undulations of its tail more fearful by contrast.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • A quick impulse that was somewhat spasmodic impelled her fingers to close in a sort of clutch upon his hand.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • ’That,’ said a very young man, making spasmodic efforts to relight his cigar over the lamp; ’that . very clear indeed.’
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • It lifted to a spasmodic sneeze and ended.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • And now abating in his flurry, the whale once more rolled out into view; surging from side to side; spasmodically dilating and contracting his spout-hole, with sharp, cracking, agonized respirations.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But the burning brimstone went up his nostrils and into his lungs, causing him to cough spasmodically.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • Mr. Rochester, on hearing the name, set his teeth; he experienced, too, a sort of strong convulsive quiver; near to him as I was, I felt the spasmodic movement of fury or despair run through his frame.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • On the following day Mr. Phillips was seized with one of his spasmodic fits of reform and announced before going home to dinner, that he should expect to find all the scholars in their seats when he returned.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Sometimes to be sure I could not, for the very soul of me, avoid falling into sudden spasmodic passions with him.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • _) _Nora_ (_gropes distractedly about, seizes_ HELMER’S _domino, throws it round her, while she says in quick, hoarse, spasmodic whispers_).
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • Tom Slattery owned no slaves, and he and his two oldest boys spasmodically worked their few acres of cotton, while the wife and younger children tended what was supposed to be a vegetable garden.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They catch each other in a spasmodic embrace.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • My eyes followed its outward or upward whirls with the eagerness of the most unmeaning despair; they closed themselves spasmodically at the descent, although death would have been a relief, oh! how unspeakable!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • The muscles of his whole body contracted spasmodically and instinctively, the hair on his neck and shoulders stood on end, and with a ferocious snarl he bounded straight up into the blinding day, the snow flying about him in a flashing cloud.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Suddenly, he perceived that he was being watched—whereupon his hand rose spasmodically and arranged a phantom bulge in his necktie.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Then it was that his lips half writhed into a snarl, and the hair of his neck and shoulders involuntarily bristled, while he half crouched for a spring, his claws spasmodically clutching into the snow-surface for firmer footing.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • His hands in the pockets of his dinner-jacket tightened spasmodically.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • A very little boy stood up and sheepishly recited, "You’d scarce expect one of my age to speak in public on the stage," etc.—accompanying himself with the painfully exact and spasmodic gestures which a machine might have used—supposing the machine to be a trifle out of order.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • You admit then that the absence of spasmodic movement was phenomenal.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • ’Yes,’ said Sitnikov, hurriedly, and he gave a shrill spasmodic laugh.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Nothing disturbed the tranquillity of the Castle, but the occasional tumbling open of John and Miss Skiffins: which little doors were a prey to some spasmodic infirmity that made me sympathetically uncomfortable until I got used to it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "What is it?" said Sue, her spasmodic breathing suspended.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • They had fallen a little apart from each other, and were perfectly still—No, not quite; in a white patch of light, where the moon shone through the branches, a man’s hand was plucking spasmodically at the grass.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • "What a night of horrors!" murmured Joseph Poorgrass, waving his hands spasmodically.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • First, every drawer in the tall, old-fashioned bureau is to be opened, with difficulty, and with a succession of spasmodic jerks then, all must close again, with the same fidgety reluctance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • His face worked spasmodically.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • The frantic beast tugs and draws the load, trembling all over, gasping for breath, moving sideways, with a sort of unnatural spasmodic action—it’s awful in Nekrassov.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Masses of Negroes stood idle, or, if they worked spasmodically, were never sure of pay; and if perchance they received pay, squandered the new thing thoughtlessly.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Inside, spasmodically, the other pain, the pain of the child, heated her.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Then the ventilator in the window-pane spasmodically started off for a new spin, and the pathos of Donald’s song was temporarily effaced.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He was both slow and spasmodic in the way he used the grime-crowned hands that ended his rugged white arms, lashed with extra reinforcements of sinew at the joints.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
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