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  • The woman to Jesus' right was young and pious-looking, with a demure face, beautiful red hair, and hands folded quietly.†   (source)
  • I would fish like a lady, with good posture and a demure manner.†   (source)
  • Somethin' just for you, honey, somethin' very demure.†   (source)
  • Kimonos, sake, rice paper walls, coquettish and demure geishas.†   (source)
  • She seemed altogether too demure for a former prostitute—and too withholding of any gesture for a saint.†   (source)
  • "If it please you, m'lord," she said demurely.†   (source)
  • Once again, she's the picture of a demure Silver girl.†   (source)
  • "Yessir," Margo said demurely, and with that the man walked off into the darkness.†   (source)
  • Her hands, donning gem-studded evening gloves, were folded demurely in her lap, as if she were humbled by the recognition.†   (source)
  • Each of them wore the remains of a black cap and ages ago they had stood in two demure rows and their voices had been the song of angels.†   (source)
  • Her silken dress was an exaggeration of the demure ones she tended to favor.†   (source)
  • "Dr. Bulkeley's sermons are always inspired," she said demurely, "especially when he preaches about the final judgment."†   (source)
  • Her dress was demure and neat, and her movements graceful.†   (source)
  • So I poured a few more times, until I'd learned a more demure and suitable method.†   (source)
  • "Doubtless," Wendy murmured demurely, and Jack shot her a private glance.†   (source)
  • In the space of half a step, she transformed her delighted headlong run into a demure greeting at arm's length.†   (source)
  • Marla smiled demurely as she held her newborn for the cameras to capture; Donald waved and gave a jaunty wink.†   (source)
  • Yetta lowered her gaze demurely, but she made sure that her sign was turned so they could read it.†   (source)
  • Demure and reserved, the forty-seven-year the oldest woman old Namba was forty minutes away from becoming best to climb Everest and the second Japanese woman to reach the hig she point on each continent, the socalled Seven Summits.†   (source)
  • She caught me looking once and gave me a demure little smile while I blushed.†   (source)
  • She crushed out her cigarette, adjusted her shawl, and rose, demurely.†   (source)
  • She wore a blue shirt and bright multicolored skirt as she told us her story, an orange head scarf fastened demurely over her head.†   (source)
  • There is an exquisite tenderness in Obasan's slanted eyes, her smile more sad than demure.†   (source)
  • Genet sat demure, her hands pressed to both sides of her face, her elbows resting on her knees.†   (source)
  • Viewers hear her demure voice as images of drawings and photographs fill the screen.†   (source)
  • "M'lady," the knight says demurely.†   (source)
  • She was dark-haired and had a way of pursing her lips demurely to plant a curse on a remark she didn't like.†   (source)
  • He endured them with a slightly bored expression, standing at the center of the room with his hands folded demurely over his privates.†   (source)
  • She began her time in the Camp almost demurely, with no histrionics.†   (source)
  • Leff, the consummate showman, was unusually respectful, even demure before Judge Bowen.†   (source)
  • Milo answered in a demure voice with his face lowered meekly.†   (source)
  • She shakes her head, blinking demurely at the floor.†   (source)
  • You comb your hair in a demure manner.†   (source)
  • "Do what you can," Mrs. Thibodaux says to me as Vicky, having changed into a demure pink sundress and repaired her tear-stained makeup, opens the door and goes out to greet Craig, who has been calmly waiting for her all this time.†   (source)
  • On the winner's stand, which was swathed in a huge American flag and crammed with suited dignitaries, Marcela smiled demurely for the lieutenant governor, who extended a huge silver loving cup.†   (source)
  • They're so demure, they barely talk.†   (source)
  • Beside her in the corner the other ladies cast down their eyes demurely and flaunted for her benefit the gold earrings and bracelets her fiancé left with them after his visits.†   (source)
  • Her voice had lost all its demureness.†   (source)
  • More and more like a demure young lady.†   (source)
  • Why did she not tell me the story—this demure woman in a sari who was once "bath prefect" at Bishop's College Girl's School, who officiated over the cleansing of my lean five-year-old nakedness?†   (source)
  • "Lieutenant," she asked demurely, her voice full of penitence.†   (source)
  • She wore a charcoal knit dress with a demure white collar, and black tights and black suede pumps.†   (source)
  • And the young lady's in question, of course," Tradd said demurely, but it was obvious that he had never been the central figure in any discussion of sexual prowess and was enjoying the experience in his own baffled manner.†   (source)
  • She told the flight attendant, demurely, that she did not wish to be disturbed.†   (source)
  • At first she put on her slightly stupid demure look, but after a few of his words she gave that up and bored into him with her eyes, trying to read his thoughts.†   (source)
  • We are rightly in awe of the torsions in the poetry of Paul Celan and rightly enamoured of the suspiring voice in Samuel Beckett because these are evidence that art can rise to the occasion and somehow be the corollary of Celan's stricken destiny as Holocaust survivor and Beckett's demure heroism as a member of the French Resistance.†   (source)
  • She expressed her gratitude in a softer voice, and with grave calculation fluttered her eyelids and turned her gaze demurely down.†   (source)
  • But he need have had no fears; she was demure and courteous to all the Americans.†   (source)
  • And yet that face, of rage, still seemed close to a smile; and those slanting eyes, half closed above the small cup of coffee which she was holding at the level of her mouth, were quite demure.†   (source)
  • She moves left to the front end of the sofa beneath the windows and sits down, facing front, her hands folded in her lap, in a demure schoolgirlish pose.†   (source)
  • She caught my eye and said demurely, "Good morning, milord."†   (source)
  • In another town, spotting from the platform three of his enemies sitting quietly in his audience while he characterized their resolutions as "fungus cancers," he caustically referred to them by name "as demure as three prostitutes at a christening."†   (source)
  • She was a demure little thing, surprisingly attractive outwardly, and new to the company.†   (source)
  • Connors did not win a lacrosse scholarship by being demure or hesitant.   (source)
    demure = modest, quiet, and shy
  • The fire in her eyes belied an otherwise demure countenance.
  • She acted and dressed more demurely after the incident.
  • ...her manners more frequently resembled those of a pretty playful kitten, that is now pert and roguish, now timid and demure, according to its own sweet will.   (source)
  • She spreads a newspaper on a step and sits down, gracefully and demurely as if she were settling into a swing on a Mississippi veranda.   (source)
    demurely = in a quiet, modest, or shy manner
  • He reached up and grabbed his ear immediately, and I demurely did the same.†   (source)
  • Laila spies two faces, an old woman and a young girl in hijab observing her demurely from a window.†   (source)
  • Silvia gestured over to Queen Amberly, who smiled demurely.†   (source)
  • She giggles too, and brings a hand demurely to her mouth.†   (source)
  • She walks demurely, head down, red-gloved hands clasped in front, with short little steps like a trained pig's, on its hind legs.†   (source)
  • Catching her eye, he gave a little wave and she gave a little wave back before returning to her book, demurely.... It took all of the Count's presence of mind to cross the lobby at a stroll.†   (source)
  • Chablis walked demurely onto the dance floor and tapped the shoulder of the first debutante who passed.†   (source)
  • With an expression that was studious, shy, and well behaved, she would acknowledge the Count with a friendly nod, and looking back at her book, turn the page, demurely.†   (source)
  • Agnes smiled demurely, pressing the tips of her fingers into Red's palm and averting her eyes from the Associated Press photographer who was covering the wedding.†   (source)
  • The new bombardier beside him sat demurely with a bewitched grin and kept whistling 'Whee!' and Yossarian wanted to reach out and crush his idiotic face with one hand as he flinched and flung himself away from the boulders and hillocks and lashing branches of trees that loomed up above him out in front and rushed past just underneath in a sinking, streaking blur.†   (source)
  • I was sitting with my hands in my lap, gazing down at the wooden platform and trying to seem demure.†   (source)
  • She wore a white gown slashed with cloth-of-gold, lacy but demure.†   (source)
  • She sat, shy and demure, and with an air of vulnerability that made Eragon want to comfort her.†   (source)
  • Ser Kevan could not remember ever seeing his niece so quiet, so subdued, so demure.†   (source)
  • "Nothing, Officer," Scott answered, sounding demure.†   (source)
  • Remember how demure she was even in death?†   (source)
  • Why didn't you teach your girls to be demure?" she ventured.†   (source)
  • A demure young couple visited him along with a third friend who had a camera.†   (source)
  • A nurse blocks her path, but the demure First Lady can display an iron will when she wants to.†   (source)
  • "IF IT PLEASE THE COURT," Mose said, "WITH PLEADERING OF NON VULTS AND DEMURERS, LEGAL SIGNATURES.†   (source)
  • Enter Oryx as a young girl on a kiddie-porn cite, flowers in her hair, whipped cream un her chin; or, Enter Oryx as a teenage news item, sprung from a pervert's garage; or, Enter Oryx, stark naked and pedagogical in the Crakers' inner sanctum; or, Enter Oryx, towel around her hair, emerging from the shower, or, Enter Oryx, in a pewter-grey silk pantsuit and demure half high heels, carrying a briefcase, the image of a professional Compound globewise saleswoman?†   (source)
  • But towards her elders and betters her manner was respectful and demure; and because of that, and the brisk way she did her work, she was a general favourite.†   (source)
  • In hopes that I could erase some of what I'd done, I asked my maids to put me in the most demure dress I had.†   (source)
  • Last season's "Debs" and their mothers were eager to cast eyes on the youthful bride-to-be, who was fetching in a demure Schiaparelli creation of blistered bisque crepe, with slim-cut skirt and peplum, trimmed with accents of black velvet and jet.†   (source)
  • For if the Count had been premature in characterizing Sofia as demure when she was thirteen, he had perfectly anticipated her persona on the cusp of adulthood.†   (source)
  • And where Nina would not hesitate to cut someone off in mid-assertion in order to make a contrary point and then declare the matter decided once and for all, Sofia would listen so attentively and with such a sympathetic smile that her interlocutor, having been given free rein to express his views at considerable length, often found his voice petering out as he began to question his own premises.... Demure.†   (source)
  • Margaery had exchanged the demure gown that she had worn in the sept for one much more revealing, a confection in pale green samite with a tight-laced bodice that bared her shoulders and the tops of her small breasts.†   (source)
  • She was lovely and petite, and I was never sure how someone so demure managed to stay afloat in the political arena.†   (source)
  • Melissa's smile was demure.†   (source)
  • We adopt a pose of demure innocence.†   (source)
  • Demure in white, the little queen would lead her hens to Baelor's Sept to light tall white candles at the Maiden's feet and hang parchment garlands about her holy neck.†   (source)
  • She might have the wrong idea even now; he sensed it from the demure way she took her coat off, and the care she took hanging it up.†   (source)
  • Claudine is quiet, demure, soft-spoken; her lip quivers occasionally as she tells her story in flat tones, but she is not obviously emotional.†   (source)
  • Demure!†   (source)
  • This is not the demure Jackie the public sees, but a fiercely protective mother and wife taking charge of her household.†   (source)
  • She followed him and coped with him for fourteen years, surrounding his behaviour like a tough and demure breeze.†   (source)
  • I served him at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, remembering to be as demure and quiet as Snow Flower had been at my family's table.†   (source)
  • Even when Trey was not standing at his mother's elbow (which generally he was), Merrick would be eagerly nodding her head in her demure new pillbox hat, giving a liquid laugh that any brother would know to be false, hanging on to every one of Eula Barrister's prune-faced remarks.†   (source)
  • I had to be at my most demure at this moment when my in-laws first glimpsed me, so I couldn't even whisper to Snow Flower to describe what they looked like or if she could gauge what they thought of me.†   (source)
  • They are demure.†   (source)
  • John Kotelawala glanced at her with wonder—this slight, demure, beautiful woman in white on the urine-soaked platform—while he struggled with her brother who had begun to take off his clothes.†   (source)
  • If she had been beautiful, and if God had not given her a spirit so demure, she might, with ironic gusto, have acted out that rape in the fields forever.†   (source)
  • During the weeks I had known her she had been aggravatingly conservative and low-keyed in her dress (aside from the flair for costumery she shared with Nathan, which was a different matter) and wore clothes clearly not calculated to focus eyes on her body, especially her upper torso; she was excessively demure even at a time in fashion when the womanly figure, badly depreciated, was rather down and out.†   (source)
  • "Mr. Roark, I'm so sorry about—" she hesitated demurely, "—about what happened this morning."†   (source)
  • "On the forehead, like a good brother," she answered demurely.†   (source)
  • She had cast down her eyes demurely, her heart beating with wild pleasure, thinking the happy moment had come.†   (source)
  • Well, after all, old gentlemen were better than no gentlemen at all, thought Scarlett, measuring out the tatting and submitting demurely to being chucked under the chin.†   (source)
  • Still the words would not come, but, a measure of poise returning, she kept her eyes demurely down and tucked the corners of her mouth into a little smile.†   (source)
  • But, if he possessed those qualities, he'd probably have sense enough to feel the desperation that lurked just beneath her demurely fluttering eyelids.†   (source)
  • Tea roses tucked behind pink ears, cape jessamine and bud roses in round little garlands over cascades of side curls, blossoms thrust demurely into satin sashes, flowers that before the night was over would find their way into the breast pockets of gray uniforms as treasured souvenirs.†   (source)
  • And don't you go off philandering with those other girls, because I'm mighty jealous," came the incredible words from red lips with a dimple on each side; and briskly black lashes swept demurely over green eyes.†   (source)
  • From this point stretched the pleasant vista of drawing room and dining room beyond, the oval mahogany table which seated twenty and the twenty slim-legged chairs demurely against the walls, the massive sideboard and buffet weighted with heavy silver, with seven-branched candlesticks, goblets, cruets, decanters and shining little glasses.†   (source)
  • "If you wish," I answered as demurely as I could.†   (source)
  • "Very well, thank you, sir," she replied demurely.†   (source)
  • "It's the cigarettes," replied Beatrice demurely.†   (source)
  • "Are we ever going to eat?" inquired Bo, demurely.†   (source)
  • "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard to tackle the facts."†   (source)
  • "Good evening—TOM," said Bo, demurely.†   (source)
  • "You forgot me, dear madame," said the young marquise demurely.†   (source)
  • "You've seen Mr. Farfrae," said Elizabeth demurely.†   (source)
  • Miss Sharp had demurely entered the carriage some minutes before.†   (source)
  • "You cannot and you don't," she said demurely.†   (source)
  • Said Clara demurely, but not stiffly: "Is she a good fairy, Dick?"†   (source)
  • "Spects it's my wicked heart," said Topsy, demurely; "Miss Feely says so."†   (source)
  • "Adam said he liked Dinah's cap and gown better nor my clothes," said Hetty, sitting down demurely.†   (source)
  • Philip had learned not to express his emotions by outward signs, and shyness still tormented him, but he had often very high spirits; and then, though he limped about demurely, silent and reserved, it seemed to be hallooing in his heart.†   (source)
  • "His Royal Highness is ever gracious, Madame," said Marguerite, demurely, and with a wealth of mischief in her twinkling blue eyes, "but there is no need for his kind of meditation....Your amiable reception of me at our last meeting still dwells pleasantly in my memory."†   (source)
  • Farther down, before one of the cottages, a lady in black was walking demurely up and down, telling her beads.†   (source)
  • The churches vary from log-huts to those like Shepherd's, and the schools from nothing to this little house that sits demurely on the county line.†   (source)
  • As if fascinated, her eyes rested long upon those demurely taunting eyes and she murmured devotedly: —Isn't she an exquisite creature?†   (source)
  • One or two pairs of eyes slyly glanced up, and perceiving that his attention had at last been attracted, and that he was watching them, they braced themselves for inspection by putting their mouths demurely into shape and recommencing their rinsing operations with assiduity.†   (source)
  • The young man, who was dining alone with his mother and sister, glanced up in surprise and saw Mrs. Archer's gaze demurely bent on her plate.†   (source)
  • No, father,' answered Sally demurely.†   (source)
  • Unwilling to enter till the children were dismissed he remained here till young voices could be heard in the open air, and girls in white pinafores over red and blue frocks appeared dancing along the paths which the abbess, prioress, subprioress, and fifty nuns had demurely paced three centuries earlier.†   (source)
  • Their trim boots prattled as they stood on the steps of the colonnade, talking quietly and gaily, glancing at the clouds, holding their umbrellas at cunning angles against the few last raindrops, closing them again, holding their skirts demurely.†   (source)
  • Her black suit fitted her figure smoothly, and a black lace hat, with pale-blue forget-me-nots, sat demurely on her yellow hair.†   (source)
  • Sometimes she one-stepped demurely; sometimes, in dread of life's slipping past, she turned into a bacchanal, her tender eyes excited, her throat tense, as she slid down the room.†   (source)
  • "According to Dale, I must add that to my new experiences of to-day—before I can know real life," replied Helen, demurely.†   (source)
  • When Mrs. Carey had finished her business with the banker, she generally went upstairs to have a little chat with his sister; and while the ladies talked of parish matters, the curate or the new bonnet of Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Wilson was the richest man in Blackstable, he was thought to have at least five hundred a year, and he had married his cook, Philip sat demurely in the stiff parlour, used only to receive visitors, and busied himself with the restless movements of goldfish in a bowl.†   (source)
  • "If you'd like," demurely.†   (source)
  • She was dressed in a single filthy, ragged garment, made of bagging; and stood with her hands demurely folded before her.†   (source)
  • She was occupied in knitting; a large cat sat demurely at her feet; nothing in short was wanting to complete the beau-ideal of domestic comfort.†   (source)
  • He was a tall, spare man, with long thin legs, with extremely long, thin, pale fingers, clean-shaven face, demurely brushed, rather short hair, and thin lips that were at times curved into something between a sneer and a smile.†   (source)
  • "No," said Esther, demurely.†   (source)
  • The little rogue thought I had not seen her, and, drawing back, she took her former station by the window, quite demurely.†   (source)
  • Meg colored, but a mischievous fancy to tease the girls made her reply demurely, "You are very kind, but I'm afraid he won't come."†   (source)
  • There were ruddy, brown-faced, broad-girthed Spanish Onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish Friars, and winking from their shelves in wanton slyness at the girls as they went by, and glanced demurely at the hung-up mistletoe.†   (source)
  • This reverend man, with countenance so demurely benign, with robes so glossy and so clerically flowing, with wig so minutely powdered, so rigid and so vast,—could this be he who, of late, with sour visage, and in snuffy habiliments, administered, ferule in hand, the Draconian laws of the academy?†   (source)
  • Descending from her chair, she came and placed herself on my knee; then, folding her little hands demurely before her, shaking back her curls and lifting her eyes to the ceiling, she commenced singing a song from some opera.†   (source)
  • Placing them on the ground at her side, she loosened the shawl which fell from her head, knit her fingers together in her lap, and gazed demurely up to where the hill drops steeply down into Aceldama and the Potter's Field.†   (source)
  • Amy was gratified, but of course didn't show it, and demurely answered, "Foreign life polishes one in spite of one's self.†   (source)
  • A long, pale, military-looking gentleman, seated demurely at the mahogany table, could not help grinning as this valuable lot was shown by Mr. Blowman.†   (source)
  • who had stood for several minutes unheeded with a chair for the lady; thence to Major Hartmann, who was very coolly lighting a pipe three feet long by a candle in one of the chandeliers; thence to Mr. Grant, who was turning over a manuscript with much earnestness at one of the lustres; thence to Remarkable, who stood, with her arms demurely folded before her, surveying, with a look of admiration and envy, the dress and beauty of the young lady; and from her to Benjamin, who, with his feet standing wide apart, and his arms akimbo, was balancing his square little body with the indifference of one who is accustomed to wounds and bloodshed.†   (source)
  • No need to warn her not to disarrange her attire: when she was dressed, she sat demurely down in her little chair, taking care previously to lift up the satin skirt for fear she should crease it, and assured me she would not stir thence till I was ready.†   (source)
  • Bathsheba demurely regarded a contemptible straw lying upon the ground, in a way which suggested less ovine criticism than womanly embarrassment.†   (source)
  • Ah, how their coats shone, as the stable-men pulled their clothes off, and away they went—ah, how their tails shook, as with smoking sides at the stage's end they demurely walked away into the inn-yard.†   (source)
  • Then, as usual, she was ashamed of herself for feeling happy at such an indecorous moment, and checked her pleasure, saying demurely, "O, George, how your poor heart must bleed at the idea of being separated from your papa!"†   (source)
  • When they dance I sit and play the piano very demurely; but the other night, coming in rather flushed from the dining-room, and seeing me employed in this way, he swore out loud that I was the best dancer in the room, and took a great oath that he would have the fiddlers from Mudbury.†   (source)
  • She cast down her eyes demurely and smiled as they started away from her; Emmy scurrying off on the arm of George (now grown a dashing young gentleman) and the Colonel seizing up his little Janey, of whom he is fonder than of anything in the world—fonder even than of his History of the Punjaub.†   (source)
  • Blanche speaks with an affectation of demureness.†   (source)
  • She looked at him with demure lewdness, offering herself for inspection.†   (source)
  • He was a fine young fellow, seemly and demure as a dove.†   (source)
  • 'I don't even know what they are saying to her,' he thought, thinking I don't even know that what they are saying to her is something that men do not say to a passing child; believing, I do not know yet that in the instant of sleep the eyelid closing prisons within the eye's self her face demure, pensive; tragic, sad, and young; waiting, colored with all the vague and formless magic of young desire.†   (source)
  • Demure clerics, taking a day's outing to Our Lady of Walsingham, were singing Alleluia Dulce Carmen, while the less demure ones were warbling the great medieval drinking-song of their own composition: Meum est proposition in taberna mori.†   (source)
  • Not only a Christian but such a Christian—a vile, sneaking, simpering, demure, monosyllabic, mouse-like, watery, insignificant, virginal, bread-and-butter miss.†   (source)
  • "I want to ride the black one with the little face," and her voice went soft and her lips were all pouted up with love just looking at the demure ladylike pony.†   (source)
  • Her hair was braided in two long hanks down her back: she was demure, shy, maidenly, a timid and blushing girl; but he feared her attentions to him, for she bathed him furiously, wreaking whatever was explosive and violent beneath her placidity upon his hide.†   (source)
  • Her round soft face, which had been voluptuous and inviting a few months ago, had already put on the barrier of pregnancy, the self-sufficient smile, the knowing perfection-look; and her plump body—full soft breasts and stomach, hard hips and buttocks that had swung so freely and provocatively as to invite slapping and stroking—her whole body had become demure and serious.†   (source)
  • She is always turning from what has been offered her to say with a demure little sign and a smile "Oh please, please...all I want is a cup of tea, weak but not too weak, and the teeniest weeniest bit of really crisp toast".†   (source)
  • That was what he saw that day while he was eating swiftly beside the unbending and quietly outraged man, the two of them completely isolated at the center of the long counter with at one end of it the brasshaired woman and at the other the group of men, and the waitress with her demure and downlooking face and her big, too big, hands setting the plates and cups, her head rising from beyond the counter at about the height of a tall child.†   (source)
  • Long after the display had ceased the spectacle was bright before our eyes and the night sky was suddenly gentle and demure with the coy twinkle of pale stars.†   (source)
  • waitress, the woman not much larger than a child going back and forth to the kitchen with her arms overladen with dishes, having to pass on each journey within touching distance of the men who leaned with their slanted hats and spoke to her through the cigarette smoke, murmured to her somewhere near mirth or exultation, and her face musing, demure, downcast, as if she had not heard.†   (source)
  • But Scarlett intended to marry—and marry Ashley—and she was willing to appear demure, pliable and scatterbrained, if those were the qualities that attracted men.†   (source)
  • And drop that demure expression.†   (source)
  • Scarlett seemed demure and sweet enough these days, but there was a pleased complacency in her eyes which annoyed people and she carried a chip on her shoulder which no one cared to disturb.†   (source)
  • But for all the modesty of her spreading skirts, the demureness of hair netted smoothly into a chignon and the quietness of small white hands folded in her lap, her true self was poorly concealed.†   (source)
  • Maria agreed with him and favoured him with demure nods and hems.†   (source)
  • He was conscious of her as a girl, of black bobbed hair against demure cheeks.†   (source)
  • There she was, suitedsuited, sweet-faced, demure, but scowling.†   (source)
  • Her hair was demure, low on her forehead with a parting and a coiled braid.†   (source)
  • Lucy tried to look demure, but could not help feeling a great fool.†   (source)
  • The gaze of the sixteen cowboys shifted and sought the demure face of this other discontented girl.†   (source)
  • On the billboards, too, he saw a pretty poster, showing her as the Quaker Maid, demure and dainty.†   (source)
  • "O yes, certainly," said the girl with a sort of demure alertness which was somewhat amusing.†   (source)
  • He saw a short word prepared for Emma, and given to her with a look sly and demure.†   (source)
  • "Very well," she said, and gave him her hand, compressing her lips to a demure impassivity.†   (source)
  • They go their way with looks demure,
    But they'll accept us, after all, I'm sure.†   (source)
  • Each and all were answered by a smile, a bow, and a demure "Yes" or "No" with the chill on.†   (source)
  • You saw demure chariots at her door, out of which stepped very great people.†   (source)
  • She looked demure and pretty, and made a graceful picture in her blue cashmere dress and little blue hat, with a plaid shawl drawn neatly about her shoulders and a clumsy pocket-book in her hand.†   (source)
  • The women's bonnets, perching over velvet vests, the bright, spreading skirts of many cantons, seemed demure against the blue and orange paint of the wagons and displays.†   (source)
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