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[We] show them all the tricks that can save them from death. They listen, they are docile—but when it begins again, in their excitement they do everything wrong.
Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
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  • [We] show them all the tricks that can save them from death. They listen, they are docile—but when it begins again, in their excitement they do everything wrong.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The wights are convinced we peculiar children are docile and weak.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Later on, after the boys had grown up into men, some of the ones who settled in town would come into the store, to buy a bed tray, or a walker, or perhaps an ice bag for a feverish child, and they would speak to me as if they had never done the things I knew they had done, they would just make affable small talk and docilely ask my advice as they might from any doctor, their eyes wavering and expectant.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She looks at me, attentive and docile as she’s always been.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • Sighing, Kit glanced over the docilely bent heads of her charges toward the open doorway, and as she did so a sudden motion caught her attention.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Sometimes she sensed that there was no violence at all, and got only a terrible impression of order, throngs of people moving in shambling docile parade out of sight.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He had seemed docile enough, and they had taken no particular precautions when fording the river six miles from the mill.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Pa had followed docilely into the field.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Some one both pathetic and admirable in his docility.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  • Tarantulas from North and South America are very docile.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • And miraculously — inexplicably — the snake slumped to the floor, docile as a thick, black garden hose, its eyes now on Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Whether Noirtier understood the young man’s indecision, or whether he had not full confidence in his docility, he looked uneasily at him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • From my infancy I was noted for the docility and humanity of my disposition.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • When war broke out, he was still docile and compliant.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It was a memory of her, blurred and distorted: the image of someone docile, obedient; someone who didn’t understand that love given without free will or truthfulness wasn’t love at all.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Given all the signs that a massacre had been imminent, it seems likely that the commanders had been awaiting instruction on whether or not to carry it out, and had wanted to keep the men docile in case the answer was affirmative.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He thoughtfully poked one of the docile hands with his foot.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • With much of her energy spent, Paprika went docilely along with the game plan.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • One that is more acceptable to visitors, and one that is easier for us to handle? A slower, more docile version for our park?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • M. Krempe was not equally docile; and in my condition at that time, of almost insupportable sensitiveness, his harsh blunt encomiums gave me even more pain than the benevolent approbation of M. Waldman.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I found my pupil sufficiently docile, though disinclined to apply: she had not been used to regular occupation of any kind.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Since joining the Fugees, Ashora had become practically docile at school—Luma had run him into submission—and Luckie had emerged as a good student and a team leader who oversaw calisthenics at practices and held the respect of his teammates the way Kanue once did.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Then he rips the nightshirt off and flings it over the mule’s head, and it becomes docile at once.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Soon Adam was born, a sweet and docile child (Adam blushed at his father’s description of him), and life was good, life was fine . T: Yes, yes.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Consider all this; and then turn to this green, gentle, and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I thought they were coming to attack me, that here was the reason why Richard Parker slept in the lifeboat: during the day the meerkats were docile and harmless, but at night, under their collective weight, they crushed their enemies ruthlessly.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The sheep and goats one might perhaps find means to remove, they being of a more docile temper; but for the larger animals, I am at a loss as to how to proceed.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Certainly they will, in their gentleness, their lowly docility of heart, their aptitude to repose on a superior mind and rest on a higher power, their childlike simplicity of affection, and facility of forgiveness.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "Well—stay—let me see," said Mr. Snell, like a docile clairvoyante, who would really not make a mistake if she could help it.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It seemed to me that he despised him for being so simple and docile.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • While the regular and trained hirelings of the king marched with haughtiness to the right of the line, the less pretending colonists took their humbler position on its left, with a docility that long practice had rendered easy.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I sat up on the coping of the bridge admiring my frail canvas shoes which I had diligently pipeclayed overnight and watching the docile horses pulling a tramload of business people up the hill.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "Oh, now I have hit it," said Don Quixote; "thou wouldst say thou art so docile, tractable, and gentle that thou wilt take what I say to thee, and submit to what I teach thee."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I did not like to play with Third Wife’s daughters, who were as docile and dull as their mother.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • They were like all children—sometimes docile and sometimes wayward.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Quiet, lackadaisical, like most rich Eastern women (Liza had never known a rich Eastern woman), but on the other hand docile and respectful.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Amy is more docile, will make a good companion for Flo, and receive gratefully any help the trip may give her.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • As the days went by, other dogs came, in crates and at the ends of ropes, some docilely, and some raging and roaring as he had come; and, one and all, he watched them pass under the dominion of the man in the red sweater.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Of course every once in a while the vampire will decide it wants more than a snack, it wants a subjugate—and then it will start feeding its bitten human small amounts of vampire blood, just to keep it docile, to keep it connected to its master.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Harriet certainly was not clever, but she had a sweet, docile, grateful disposition, was totally free from conceit, and only desiring to be guided by any one she looked up to.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Ira accepted our choice with her usual docility; if she fretted at the thought of leaving us and her brothers she showed no sign.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • We are the scholarly and the illiterate, the envied and the ugly, the fierce and the docile.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • His body was acquiescing better, becoming docile.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The two men stare at her, uncomprehending, rendered docile by her gibberish.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • They were both so docile and willing to help that Ursula took them on to help her with her household chores.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • So far, the game had been pretty docile, save for a short disagreement over the capital of Indonesia.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • She was quite sure (or only hopeful) that she wasn’t that weak, not that liable to fall docilely into the complacent expectations of parents, friends, and even herself.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • She took them docilely; Hannah loaded and lifted the tray.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • He held a lead in one hand: Pacing docilely behind him was a huge gray and white horse with a blaze like a star on its forehead.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
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