She meant it for his ears alone but Hannah was close enough to him to hear every plaintive syllable.
Jane Yolen -- The Devils Arithmetic
"Jordan, what should I do?" Monique asked plaintively.
Sharon M. Draper -- Forged by Fire
At the other side door his sister came plaintively: "Gregor? Aren’t you well? Do you need anything?"
Franz Kafka -- Metamorphosis
Winnie’s mother and grandmother sat plaintive all afternoon in the parlor ... their hair unsettled and their knees loose.
Natalie Babbitt -- Tuck Everlasting
...whenever she looked hard at any shelf, to make out exactly what it had on it, that particular shelf was always quite empty: though the others round it were crowded as full as they could hold.
’Things flow about so here!’ she said at last in a plaintive tone,
Lewis Carroll -- Through the Looking-Glass
When I sank into a deep lunge, the tiny nun would study me, plaintively wondering, "What am I doing wrong?"
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
For the next hour Daisy Mae cried plaintively into the darkling subarctic sides, but without raising a whisper of a reply.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
I asked, disgusted by how plaintive my voice sounded.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
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"Oh, Melody, if only I could make your hurt go away," she says plaintively.
Sharon M. Draper -- Out of My Mind
I loved his howl, which I could both hear and feel: long and plaintive, woebegone and heartsore, filled with yearning for what used to be and for what would never come again.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
"He’ll die here; he has no mummy or daddy," I said plaintively.
Louise Rennison -- Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
"My, but I wish there were no wind," Mrs Whatsit said plaintively.
Madeleine L’Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time
His voice was plaintive, immensely evocative, and profoundly sad.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
By contrast the voice of the female seemed plaintive, defensive, growing shrill at moments as if in fright but generally submissive with an undertone of pleading.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Elaine, which I once found too plaintive.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
Buford made a plaintive squeal, then clattered into the corner in a sulk.
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
There was one I noticed particularly, about the man out late at night upon a fairy hill, who heard the sound of a woman singing "sad and plaintive" from the very rocks of the hill.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
’I wonder if the Railway misses us,’ she said, plaintively.
Edith Nesbit -- The Railway Children
He lifted one arm toward Louie, a plaintive expression on his face.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
Eventually, the boys began to look at her with plaintive expressions: they were confused, in pain.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
It was almost plaintive.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Lost Souls
"I want to go home, Peeta," I say plaintively, like a small child.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
The sledge slid along in the midst of a plaintively intense melody.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
It was all I had, just a plaintive cry to a God Who was with me, but Whose ways were becoming unclear to me.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
"But what about my house …?" he asked plaintively.
Douglas Adams -- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
He took photographs of a tarantula, plaintive sunsets, windswept dunes, the long curve of empty coastline.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
It was sad to hear their plaintive voices in that candle-lit room.
Rudolfo Anaya -- Bless Me, Ultima
His name, or rather a plaintive voice which essayed to pronounce his name, reached him.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
She was laughing, her head tilted back, and then I heard Holiday howling plaintively, for I was back where we had both once lived.
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
And he says to me, I swear it, it’s true, he actually says tome… This endless conversation, the tone plaintive but oddly cheerful, flew around and around in a circle.
Khaled Hosseini -- A Thousand Splendid Suns
But there was something plaintive about her request that made it impossible to turn her down.
Nicholas Sparks -- Dear John
’What correspondence?’ asked the chaplain plaintively in rising exasperation.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
He passed his hand across his eyes, he sighed, his voice became plaintive.
Aldous Huxley -- Brave New World
The elderly American lady’s voice rose shrill and plaintive.
Agatha Christie -- Murder On The Orient Express
The cage bars slid down, and the goat remained tethered in the center of the field, bleating plaintively.
Michael Crichton -- Jurassic Park
She stroked his back, and Zeus whined plaintively before licking at her hands.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Lucky One
He could hear the tattered man bleating plaintively.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
The snow had ceased, and a flash of watery sunlight exposed the house on the slope above us in all its plaintive ugliness.
Edith Wharton -- Ethan Frome
Then the dog began to moan in old Salamano’s room, and through the sleep-bound house the little plaintive sound rose slowly, like a flower growing out of the silence and the darkness.
Albert Camus -- The Stranger
Simon sounded plaintive.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Fallen Angels
But where And then a ship’s horn, plaintive and lost, sounded in the distance.
Micheal Scott -- The Alchemyst
And as the encamisados came along they muttered to themselves in a low plaintive tone.
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
When this recital of events was ended, his voice once more changed, and became plaintive and even musical, in its low guttural sounds.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
Even the poor baby at Hester’s bosom was affected by the same influence, for it directed its hitherto vacant gaze towards Mr. Dimmesdale, and held up its little arms with a half-pleased, half-plaintive murmur.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
And before Rostov had time to make out what the black thing was that had suddenly appeared in the fog, there was a flash, followed by a report, and a bullet whizzing high up in the mist with a plaintive sound passed out of hearing.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
He could hear in his mind’s ear the blood-stirring and intricate rhythms of the ekwe and the udu and the ogene, and he could hear his own flute weaving in and out of them, decorating them with a colourful and plaintive tune.
Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
A plaintive, beseeching voice caught me in the spine: "Eliezer… my son … bring me … a drop of coffee…."
Elie Wiesel -- Night
Marilla herself, upon her return to the house, was agreeably surprised to hear a plaintive voice calling, "Marilla" over the banisters.