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  • For I should say that I know from experience that the bearing of those in extreme circumstances can sometimes be untoward and even shocking, and we must try our best to understand what is actual and essential to a person, and what is by any indication anomalous, a momentary lapse that is better forgotten than considered time and time again, to little avail.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Thereafter, the whistle alone will deal with trespassing or any other untoward behaviour.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • When it is his life or health that is in danger, I do not think it untoward that the military police take some interest in preserving and protecting the boy.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • There was no fire, no smoke, not the slightest untoward noise.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • He bore the honor gravely and with no untoward conceit, as though it were only his due.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I reflected that even in those untoward times there must have been latent in Biddy what was now developing, for, in my first uneasiness and discontent I had turned to her for help, as a matter of course.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Her efforts in this line, however, were brought to an abrupt close by an untoward accident, which quenched her ardor.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Have to my widow! and if she be froward, Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • And you have to realize that sometimes we think we have an animal correctly made-from the standpoint of the DNA, which is our basic work-and the animal grows for six months and then something untoward happens.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Defense was able to show dozens of other occasions when Annie had entered the ward and nothing untoward had happened.
    Stephen King  --  Misery

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  • He has a sullen, rebellious spirit; a violent temper; and an untoward, intractable disposition.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They had a very good time and nothing untoward happened until after tea, when they found themselves in the Barry garden, a little tired of all their games and ripe for any enticing form of mischief which might present itself.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She lived with her single daughter in a very small way, and was considered with all the regard and respect which a harmless old lady, under such untoward circumstances, can excite.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Marguerite St. Just was from principle and by conviction a republican—equality of birth was her motto—inequality of fortune was in her eyes a mere untoward accident, but the only inequality she admitted was that of talent.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • With a scene of encoded sex, Mother could pretend not to notice that something untoward was going on while Father was enjoying his private smirk.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Let us state that no untoward event disturbed this family meeting.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Nothing untoward occurred until the pudding.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • An inkling of untoward deeds on the part of Hurstwood had come.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Still, there was something untoward about Fifi taking all the blame since our habit had been to share the good and the bad that came our way.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • And thus, through the courage and great skill in obstetrics of Queequeg, the deliverance, or rather, delivery of Tashtego, was successfully accomplished, in the teeth, too, of the most untoward and apparently hopeless impediments; which is a lesson by no means to be forgotten.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I should have been glad to have met Daniel Dodge himself; to have had him seen me and known me, that he might have mourned over the untoward circumstances which compelled him to sell me for three hundred dollars.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • After a few minutes and a second ginger ale, though, he realizes that nothing untoward is bound to happen, that, instead, he feels loose and sort of relaxed here with the always provocative Molly.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • If anything…untoward happens, can we handle their surface force with what we have at hand?
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • She could hardly have made a more untoward choice.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • THAT, signor professor, were an untoward experiment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • "Oh," said the goatherd, "I do not know even the half of what has happened to the lovers of Marcela, but perhaps to-morrow we may fall in with some shepherd on the road who can tell us; and now it will be well for you to go and sleep under cover, for the night air may hurt your wound, though with the remedy I have applied to you there is no fear of an untoward result."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • To regard the event as an untoward accident seemed, to Farfrae, truest consideration for the dead one’s memory, as well as best philosophy.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But Catherine did not know her own advantages—did not know that a good-looking girl, with an affectionate heart and a very ignorant mind, cannot fail of attracting a clever young man, unless circumstances are particularly untoward.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Nevertheless, as be harangued them, the satisfaction and admiration unanimously excited by his costume were dissipated by his words; and when he reached that untoward conclusion: "As soon as his illustrious eminence, the cardinal, arrives, we will begin," his voice was drowned in a thunder of hooting.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Before leaving, the general also asked me my blood type, just in case anything untoward should happen the following day.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • This young gentleman was of an excellent—indeed of an illustrious family, but, by a variety of untoward events, had been reduced to such poverty that the energy of his character succumbed beneath it, and he ceased to bestir himself in the world, or to care for the retrieval of his fortunes.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • It is true that with him, as with all men of his kind, every shock, every pain, every untoward predicament at once called forth the wish to find an escape in death.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • ’And there is nothing untoward involved, of course.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • To make my waking life American-normal, I turn on the lights before anything untoward makes an appearance.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • No charges were filed, and an audit turned up nothing untoward.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • I have learned about her journey to this country, and also the first year of her domestic service, which was not marked by any untoward episodes, with one exception.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The evening passed off without any untoward incident, but on the following morning my wife was seriously unwell.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Here was an untoward event!
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Clara was a good wife and worked hard; she never did anything untoward or unrespectable, and yet the fact that she had that Texas money made Bob uneasy.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • When Phillotson saw the blood running down the rector’s face he deplored almost in groans the untoward and degrading circumstances, regretted that he had not resigned when called upon, and went home so ill that next morning he could not leave his bed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He knew that between M. de Charlus and her nothing untoward could ever happen, that when M. de Charlus went anywhere with her, it was out of friendship for himself, and that he would make no difficulty about telling him everything that she had done.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Any one who had known his life’s history would have said it was the expression, slightly emphasized, with which he had received most of the untoward blows of his life in the past.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Inward melancholy it was impossible for a man like Oak, introspective far beyond his neighbours, to banish quite, whilst conning the present untoward page of his history.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • In spite of the untoward surroundings, however, Tess bravely made a little cross of two laths and a piece of string, and having bound it with flowers, she stuck it up at the head of the grave one evening when she could enter the churchyard without being seen, putting at the foot also a bunch of the same flowers in a little jar of water to keep them alive.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • You are forever thrashing innocent boys who come in this room and even look at Theresa in an untoward way, yet you insult my friend and my rela-tionship with her by asking me to describe our acts of love together.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The heath-croppers had returned noiselessly, and were looking on with erect heads just as before, their timid eyes fixed upon the scene, as if they were wondering what mankind and candle-light could have to do in these haunts at this untoward hour.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Still, it was not absolutely love that Hetty felt for Hurry, nor do we wish so to portray it, but merely that awakening sensibility and admiration, which, under more propitious circumstances, and always supposing no untoward revelations of character on the part of the young man had supervened to prevent it, might soon have ripened into that engrossing feeling.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • While she waited there she forgot the prospect of untoward change.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • She was watching for Florence, listening for some sound fraught with untoward meaning.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • This man was looking for untoward reactions in the people around him.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
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