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  • From my infancy I was noted for the docility and humanity of my disposition.   (source)
    docility = tendency to behave
  • I was docile enough as a rule, but they must have known there was a line somewhere.†   (source)
  • Doctor Papineau had a noose pole for such situations, but people hated seeing it used, and Claude learned to work without it, crawling into the back of the truck— or wherever the frantic dog hid—and emerging with a docile animal and an empty syringe.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • I could tell her about water famines in Hasnapur, how at the dried-out well docile women turned savage for the last muddy bucketful.†   (source)
  • The lighthearted ironies she might have deployed among her friends deserted her in his presence, and she heard her own voice become thin when she attempted some docile contradiction.†   (source)
  • Tarantulas from North and South America are very docile.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • "I don't know if 'docile' is the right word," Simpson said later.†   (source)
  • He does as he's told, kicking off his shoes and lying back on the bed, docile as a sick child.†   (source)
  • So far, the game had been pretty docile, save for a short disagreement over the capital of Indonesia.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • She had always been the docile middle child, used to following the lead.†   (source)
  • The courtyard itself is a hall of horrors, with every manner of biological disturbance and human breakdown on display, even though most people appear docile, if not sedated.†   (source)
  • Perhaps this explained their docility.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • They were both so docile and willing to help that Ursula took them on to help her with her household chores.†   (source)
  • He seems almost docile.†   (source)
  • The agnostic ruling class (including the Guild) for whom religion was a kind of puppet show to amuse the populace and keep it docile, and who believed essentially that all phenomena — even religious phenomena — could be reduced to mechanical explanations; 4.†   (source)
  • Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me.†   (source)
  • Despite his docility, Barrabas inspired terror.†   (source)
  • I spent a good hour standing in front of Velcro, the docile black-and-white paint, slowly rolling the ball to find that all she did was stand there and look bored.†   (source)
  • We explained that we thought the time had come for mass action along the lines of Gandhi's nonviolent protests in India and the 1946 passive resistance campaign, asserting that the ANC had become too docile in the face of oppression.†   (source)
  • There they are valued for their light skin, good looks, docility, and inability to speak the local language, hindering the possibility of escape.†   (source)
  • We are the scholarly and the illiterate, the envied and the ugly, the fierce and the docile.†   (source)
  • A herd of mules overladen with firewood trotted along, their expressions docile and angelic in the face of the whipping they were getting from the barefoot owner who ran with them.†   (source)
  • The cattle had walked themselves out and were docile for the time being.†   (source)
  • It followed Hazel docilely enough across the grass, but he was careful to keep out of its reach.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • One or two lynchings went a long way toward inducing docility among even a large group of people, for people respond strongly to strong incentives.†   (source)
  • And through it all she had Karenin lying docilely at her feet.†   (source)
  • How the intersecting systems help pull us apart, leaving us vague, drained, docile, soft in our inner discourse, willing to be shaped, to be overwhelmed—easy retreats, half beliefs.†   (source)
  • The wights are convinced we peculiar children are docile and weak.†   (source)
  • When Little Walder pulled him up and Big Walder waved the torch at him to herd him from the cell, he went along as docile as a dog.†   (source)
  • When war broke out, he was still docile and compliant.†   (source)
  • With much of her energy spent, Paprika went docilely along with the game plan.†   (source)
  • His hindparts shiver with the usual joyful, mindless ache to mount whatever happens near—the storm piling up black towers to the west, some rotting, docile stump, some spraddle-legged ewe.†   (source)
  • Jason looked at her, her reaction was too docile, inconsistent with her previous behavior.†   (source)
  • Pleading with his friend to come back down, David righted the chair and picked up the pinlegs to demonstrate that there was really nothing to fear as the creature was on a docile setting.†   (source)
  • She looks at me, attentive and docile as she's always been.†   (source)
  • Yes'm," Mickey said, suddenly docile.†   (source)
  • I don't know," he said; his voice had a sound of helpless docility.†   (source)
  • Of course some of them are going to try it — if they weren't aggressive they wouldn't be material for the M. I. They're docile in ranks; it's safe enough to turn your back when they're eating, or sleeping, or sitting on their tails and being lectured.†   (source)
  • She sat docile as a doll, with the occasional quiver breaking her stillness.†   (source)
  • Docile men make very poor soldiers.†   (source)
  • She grappled briefly with Bloomberg, trying to coerce him into a docile lap-cat's repose.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Then you must crush his manlike tendencies and make of him the docile beast you want.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Ira accepted our choice with her usual docility; if she fretted at the thought of leaving us and her brothers she showed no sign.†   (source)
  • I had expected a bucker, but he had seemed most docile.†   (source)
  • DAISY takes BERENGER'S arm; he allows himself to be led docilely.†   (source)
  • She took them docilely; Hannah loaded and lifted the tray.†   (source)
  • In docility he held his eyes stiffly wide; they fixed themselves on the woman's clasped hands as though she held the cord they were strung on.†   (source)
  • Then Powell took the docile girl through the door and closed it quietly behind him, and Reich knew he had permitted safety to slip through his fingers.†   (source)
  • Aziza watched the proceedings with a docile look.   (source)
    docile = submissive (easily managed)
  • A slower, more docile version for our park?   (source)
    docile = easily managed
  • 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.   (source)
    docilely = in the manner of people who are easily managed
  • Mariam remembered the first time she had seen his eyes, under the wedding veil, in the mirror, with Jalil looking on, how their gazes had slid across the glass and met, his indifferent, hers docile, conceding, almost apologetic.   (source)
    docile = submissive (easily managed)
  • [BERENGER holds his hand out docilely to JEAN.†   (source)
  • Kreacher seemed to be in a better mood on his reappearance, his bitter muttering had subsided somewhat and he submitted to orders more docilely than usual, though once or twice Harry caught the house-elf staring at him avidly, but always looking quickly away whenever he saw that Harry had noticed.†   (source)
  • Docilely, David climbed onto his wrist.†   (source)
  • FATHER-ROBERT and MOTHER-ROBERT speak to their daughter; ROBERTA is heard to say docilely from time to time: 'Yes, papa, yes mamma, yes papa, yes mamma, yes papa, yes mamma.'†   (source)
  • He got out docilely, walked docilely to the counter with Clumly, waited docilely while the flowers—white roses—were wrapped and boxed.†   (source)
  • And docility: several world leaders had expressed interest in that.†   (source)
  • Ever since the raid on Kirov they've been acting too docile.†   (source)
  • He walked across the docile bridge to meet his grinning roommate once again.†   (source)
  • The two men stare at her, uncomprehending, rendered docile by her gibberish.†   (source)
  • During the daylight hours, guests could admire these docile champions in their A sham.†   (source)
  • For instance, you'd have said there wasn't a more docile lot in Efrafa than the Right Flank.†   (source)
  • In a way it pleased him—he had never cared for totally docile horses.†   (source)
  • The fastest way to raise one's classification was to be docile and not complain.†   (source)
  • The dragons would be more docile once fed.†   (source)
  • Artkin had said: Never trust your enemies, no matter how docile they appear to be.†   (source)
  • The docile patient extended a grubby hand of thanks.†   (source)
  • Lee thought: docile men do not make good soldiers.†   (source)
  • She was succulent, sweet, docile and dumb, and she drove everyone crazy but General Dreedle.†   (source)
  • She had to keep them quiet, docile so that Artkin wouldn't feed them any more dope.†   (source)
  • Nearly all the rabbits were very subdued and docile.†   (source)
  • In the past hour or two, they had become even more docile, as if in a stupor.†   (source)
  • [Still docile, BERENGER flicks his shoulders to get rid of the white dust; JEAN averts his head.†   (source)
  • The main thing must be to keep the patients clean and docile — drugs will be a help — and their relatives admiring and satisfied.†   (source)
  • Harry glanced at the back row to which Hagrid was heading and realised what was guiding him, for there, dressed in a jacket and trousers each the size of a small mar-quee, was the giant Grawp, his great ugly boulder-like head bowed, docile, almost human.†   (source)
  • In fleeting clear spells of lucidity, when Amaranta would bring him his meals he would tell her what bothered him most and would accept her sucking glasses and mustard plasters in a docile way.†   (source)
  • Fernanda was so pleased with her docility and so proud of the admiration that her art inspired that she was never against the house being fall of girl friends, her spending the afternoon in the groves, and going to the movies with Aureliano Segundo or some muted lady as long as the film was approved by Father Antonio Isabel from the pulpit.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He was almost too quiet, too docile.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The candy had been treated with a tranquilizer, a drug strong enough to render the children docile and passive within a few minutes.†   (source)
  • Once, of course, it had been both black and Norwegian; but years of breeding and countless generations had made it white, small, and docile.†   (source)
  • One day an old friend of Clara's came to Senator Trueba's house with her grandson, a fat, soft teenager with the round face of a docile moon and an expression of unchanging tenderness in his tiny Oriental eyes.†   (source)
  • The factories prefer young women, perhaps because they're more docile and perhaps because their small fingers are more nimble for assembly or sewing.†   (source)
  • The closer he gets, the more docile the creature becomes, finally sinking down to the mat, on its knees.†   (source)
  • The Demon had not yet come, but Max was suddenly aware that no birds called above and the docile flocks of sheep had retreated until they appeared as tiny dabs of ivory scattered at the horizon.†   (source)
  • Call had taken the precaution of buying a lead steer from the Pumphreys—a big, docile longhorn they called Old Dog.†   (source)
  • Education and empowerment training can show girls that femininity does not entail docility, and can nurture assertiveness so that girls and women stand up for themselves.†   (source)
  • The first step toward greater justice is to transform that culture of female docility and subservience, so that women themselves become more assertive and demanding.†   (source)
  • And he had almost trusted the girl, had let down his guard because he thought she was docile, helpless.†   (source)
  • Stoic docility—in particular, acceptance of any decree by a man—is drilled into girls in much of the world from the time they are babies, and so they often do as they are instructed, even when the instruction is to smile while being raped twenty times a day.†   (source)
  • Just as they'd been docile together as if taking the cue from each other, now they were protesting in unison, complaining of stomach aches, crying for their mothers, calling to Kate.†   (source)
  • Quiet, lackadaisical, like most rich Eastern women (Liza had never known a rich Eastern woman), but on the other hand docile and respectful.†   (source)
  • Thinking of Sol, but standing here under the eaves of Luke's garage, giving her son her shoulder to lean on like some long-suffering, docile old mother—aware that whatever was between them, whether his anger or his crippled love, was meaningless, pointless, a time to get through because it was there—she felt a cruel urge to laugh.†   (source)
  • Returning home one early evening from Dr. Blackstock's office, she climbed into a car that was even more than normally congested, the hot and humid cage packed not only with the usual mob of sweating, shirt-sleeved and bare-necked Brooklynites of every shade and of every aspect of docile misery but soon with a crowd of screaming high school boys with baseball trappings who flooded aboard the train at a downtown stop, thrusting their way in all directions with such rowdy and brutish force that the sense of pressure became nearly unbearable.†   (source)
  • I'll help you, Sissy," interposed Carreen docilely.†   (source)
  • Pa had followed docilely into the field.†   (source)
  • And Nellie followed docilely after him.†   (source)
  • Gant went off docilely, somewhat dazed, between his two guardians: as his huge limbs sprawled brokenly in his rocker, they undressed him.†   (source)
  • where he could not even tell his companion when he was hungry or when he had to relieve himself) and so could have only suspected, surmised, where she was taking him, could have known nothing certainly except that all he had ever been familiar with was vanishing about him like smoke, yet he made no resistance, returning quietly and docilely to that decaying house which he had seen one time, where the fierce brooding woman who had come and got him lived with the calm white one who was not even fierce, who was not anything except calm, who to him did not even have a name yet who was somehow so closely related to him as to be the owner of the one spot on earth where he had ever seen hi†   (source)
  • Springing down into Boldwood's pastures, each pocketed his halter to hide it from the horses, who, seeing the men empty-handed, docilely allowed themselves to be seized by the mane, when the halters were dexterously slipped on.†   (source)
  • "Yes," said Marner, docilely, bringing his eyes very close, that they might be initiated in the mysteries; whereupon Baby seized his head with both her small arms, and put her lips against his face with purring noises.†   (source)
  • Silas began now to think of Raveloe life entirely in relation to Eppie: she must have everything that was a good in Raveloe; and he listened docilely, that he might come to understand better what this life was, from which, for fifteen years, he had stood aloof as from a strange thing, with which he could have no communion: as some man who has a precious plant to which he would give a nurturing home in a new soil, thinks of the rain, and the sunshine, and all influences, in relation to his nursling, and asks industriously for all knowledge that will help him to satisfy the wants of the searching roots, or to guard leaf and bud from invading harm.†   (source)
  • If not really so docile and pliable, this was the hidden ball and surprise about me.†   (source)
  • His body was acquiescing better, becoming docile.†   (source)
  • When I told him quite frankly who I was and who he was, he was docile enough not to argue about it.†   (source)
  • Then he rips the nightshirt off and flings it over the mule's head, and it becomes docile at once.†   (source)
  • She's a kind, grateful, and by and large docile woman.†   (source)
  • Then she commended my docility.†   (source)
  • All that day, as on all the days since spring began, her decks had been thronged by hundreds upon hundreds of foreigners, natives from almost every land in,the world, the jowled close-cropped Teuton, the full-bearded Russian, the scraggly-whiskered Jew, and among them Slovack peasants with docile faces, smooth-cheeked and swarthy Armenians, pimply Greeks, Danes with wrinkled eyelids.†   (source)
  • The great turret of a fellow, who had entered in the height and breadth of armour, and who had stood for a second looking for his adversary through the slit of his helmet, this man had given an impression of docility—he seemed to have come in, and to have handed his sword to Lancelot, and to have thrown himself upon the ground.†   (source)
  • ': a dialogue without words, speech, which would fix and then remove without obliterating one line the picture, this background, leaving the background, the plate prepared and innocent again: the plate docile, with that puritan's humility toward anything which is a matter of sense rather than logic, fact, the man, the struggling and suffocating heart behind it saying I will believe!†   (source)
  • She met that criticism as her temperament dictated, with docility and diffidence, or with anger and emphasis.†   (source)
  • He was exceptionally docile, said he accepted everything I told him, remembered bits of it, asked no questions.†   (source)
  • The pupils were a docile lot, lacking in that keen sense of rivalry which made the boys and girls who went to public school a crowd in which a boy was tested and weighed, in which he caught a glimpse of what the world was.†   (source)
  • He had begun to suspect that this devotion, and his own response to it, was a cause more and more of annoyance to Eliza, and he was inclined to exaggerate and emphasize it, particularly when he was drunk, when his furious distaste for his wife, his obscene complaint against her, was crudely balanced by his maudlin docility to the girl.†   (source)
  • Grimm glanced once about and sprang forward again; in the throng which had evidently been pacing the deputy and the prisoner across the square was the inevitable hulking youth in the uniform of the Western Union, leading his bicycle by the horns like a docile cow.†   (source)
  • Finally the white lamb and the fat mottled rabbit were brought on again and the docile man gave his last turn and played the wolf most amusingly.†   (source)
  • planted the seed which brought her to flower—the white blood to give the shape and pigment of what the white man calls female beauty, to a female principle which existed, queenly and complete, in the hot equatorial groin of the world long before that white one of ours came down from trees and lost its hair and bleached out—a principle apt docile and instinct with strange and ancient curious pleasures of the flesh (which is all: there is nothing else) which her white sisters of a mushroom yesterday flee from in moral and outraged horror—a principle which, where her white sister must needs try to make an economic matter of it like someone who insists upon installing a counter or a scales o†   (source)
  • Covered eyes made him much more docile.†   (source)
  • She sat docile.†   (source)
  • No, it was not that; I was not spying, who would walk those raked and sanded garden paths and think 'This print was his save for this obliterating rake, that even despite the rake it is still there and hers beside it in that slow and mutual rhythm wherein the heart, the mind, does not need to watch the docile (ay, the willing) feet; would think 'What suspiration of the twinning souls have the murmurous myriad ears of this secluded vine or shrub listened to?†   (source)
  • free, yet incapable of freedom who had never once called herself a slave, holding fidelity to none like the indolent and solitary wolf or bear (yes, wild half untamed black, half Sutpen blood and if 'untamed' be synonymous with 'wild; then 'Sutpen' is the silent unsleeping viciousness of the tamer's lash) whose false seeming holds it docile to fear's hand but which is not, which if this be fidelity, fidelity only to the prime fixed principle of its own savageness; —Clytie who in the very pigmentation of her flesh represented that debacle which had brought Judith and me to what we were and which had made of her (Clyne) that which she declined to be just as she had declined to be tha†   (source)
  • I noticed it from the grimness that showed through her docility, and the longer rest of her weak green eyes on things around her, and sometimes the high-breasted breathing that didn't arise from any exertion at her work.†   (source)
  • Perhaps I couldn't even have wanted more than that, couldn't have accepted less, who even at nineteen must have known that living is one constant and perpetual instant when the an-as-veil before what-is-to-be hangs docile and even glad to the lightest naked thrust if we had dared, were brave enough (not wise enough: no wisdom needed here) to make the rending gash.†   (source)
  • while the wan haggard face watched him above the faint triangle of lace at wrists and throat from the too tall chair in which she resembled a crucified child; and the voice not ceasing but vanishing into and then out of the long intervals like a stream, a trickle running from patch to patch of dried sand, and the ghost mused with shadowy docility as if it were the voice which he haunted where a more fortunate one would have had a house.†   (source)
  • He thoughtfully poked one of the docile hands with his foot.†   (source)
  • Thus her silence of docility was misinterpreted.†   (source)
  • It seemed to me that he despised him for being so simple and docile.†   (source)
  • At last he tapped his way upstairs, after bowing to everybody, docile and happy.†   (source)
  • Certainly; she is fonder of geraniums, and seems more docile, though not so fine a figure.†   (source)
  • And she liberated Lord Deepmere, Newman rather wondering at her docility.†   (source)
  • They were like all children—sometimes docile and sometimes wayward.†   (source)
  • Never had master a more anxious, humble, docile pupil.†   (source)
  • Tom was "fractious," as Roxy called it, and overbearing; Chambers was meek and docile.†   (source)
  • It was for your docility that I most esteemed you.†   (source)
  • Quasimodo allowed them to array him in them without wincing, and with a sort of proud docility.†   (source)
  • With him they will be gentle and docile as lambs.†   (source)
  • When John spoke in that masterful tone, Meg always obeyed, and never regretted her docility.†   (source)
  • Mamma had a little filial lecture afterwards, and was docile as usual.†   (source)
  • Hardy and docile for his genus; abstemious and patient, even for his humble species.†   (source)
  • The big brother counted upon a pious, docile, learned, and honorable pupil.†   (source)
  • I always thought you were mild and docile as a lamb.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Every blessed foundling nowadays is snapped up in his infancy by Barnardo homes, or School Board officers, or Boards of Guardians; and if he shows the least ability, he is fastened on by schoolmasters; trained to win scholarships like a racehorse; crammed with secondhand ideas; drilled and disciplined in docility and what they call good taste; and lamed for life so that he is fit for nothing but teaching.†   (source)
  • The stubborn lines of his face relaxed, and he said, with an abrupt drop to docility: "You WOULD see, if you'd be as merciful as you used to be: and heaven knows I've never needed it more!"†   (source)
  • Her friend took the girl's head in her hands and placed a kiss on her brow with a docility prompted by the real affection she had for Mlle.†   (source)
  • The creature was scarcely so intelligent as the Ape-man, but far more docile, and the most human-looking of all the Beast Folk; and Montgomery had trained it to prepare food, and indeed to discharge all the trivial domestic offices that were required.†   (source)
  • You are a decent, simple fellow from a good family, with handsome manners, a docile pupil to his teachers, who will soon return to the flatlands in order to forget completely that he ever spoke in a dream here and to help repay his great and powerful fatherland with honest labor on the wharves.†   (source)
  • True martial discipline long continued superinduces in average man a sort of impulse of docility whose operation at the official sound of command much resembles in its promptitude the effect of an instinct.†   (source)
  • Reputations of that sort, even when they're true, are always based upon other people's ideas"; he would reflect that this legend—even if it were authentic—was something external to Odette, was not inherent in her like a mischievous and ineradicable personality; that the creature who might have been led astray was a woman with frank eyes, a heart full of pity for the sufferings of others, a docile body which he had pressed tightly in his arms and explored with his fingers, a woman of whom he might one day come into absolute possession if he succeeded in making himself indispensable to her.†   (source)
  • He had caught a cold, presumably from lying outside in the rest cure—the evening rest cure, to carry the presumption further, in which he had been participating for about a week now, despite the cold, damp weather, which did not look as if it would improve before his departure—although he had learned that it was simply not recognized as such, that the notion of bad weather had no right to exist up here, that no one paid it any attention or feared it; and with the docility of youth, with its ability to adapt to the ideas and customs of almost any environment in which it may find itself, Hans Castorp had begun to make this indifference his own.†   (source)
  • He was docile and obedient, but when he was six years old he began to run away from home, always taking the same direction.†   (source)
  • Golo stopped for a moment and listened sadly to the little speech read aloud by my great-aunt, which he seemed perfectly to understand, for he modified his attitude with a docility not devoid of a degree of majesty, so as to conform to the indications given in the text; then he rode away at the same jerky trot.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • [217] Let our simplicity judge them, and our docility to our own law demonstrate the poverty of nature and fortune beside our native riches†   (source)
  • I found my pupil sufficiently docile, though disinclined to apply: she had not been used to regular occupation of any kind.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The weary creature, perhaps conscious, through its secret instinct, that in the endless wastes of the prairies its surest protector was to be found in man, was so exceedingly docile as quietly to submit to the close examination it was doomed to undergo.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Emma, in fact, was showing herself more docile, and even carried her deference so far as to ask for a recipe for pickling gherkins.†   (source)
  • This request was complied with, and the hunter stood by the side of the pallet, submitting to the wishes of the girl with the docility of a child.†   (source)
  • She had in the course of a few weeks brought the invalid to such a state of helpless docility, that the poor soul yielded herself entirely to her sister's orders, and did not even dare to complain of her slavery to Briggs or Firkin.†   (source)
  • Amy is more docile, will make a good companion for Flo, and receive gratefully any help the trip may give her.†   (source)
  • 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?†   (source)
  • Whether Noirtier understood the young man's indecision, or whether he had not full confidence in his docility, he looked uneasily at him.†   (source)
  • She was therefore ingeniously passive and almost imaginatively docile; she was careful even to moderate the eagerness with which she assented to Isabel's propositions and which might have implied that she could have thought otherwise.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.'†   (source)
  • "Well—stay—let me see," said Mr. Snell, like a docile clairvoyante, who would really not make a mistake if she could help it.†   (source)
  • "My brave wife," returned Defarge, standing before her with his head a little bent, and his hands clasped at his back, like a docile and attentive pupil before his catechist, "I do not question all this.†   (source)
  • Her father's opinion of her moral purity was abundantly justified; she was excellently, imperturbably good; affectionate, docile, obedient, and much addicted to speaking the truth.†   (source)
  • It is the statement of missionaries, that, of all races of the earth, none have received the Gospel with such eager docility as the African.†   (source)
  • Yet was this Nantucketer a man with some good-hearted traits; and this Lakeman, a mariner, who though a sort of devil indeed, might yet by inflexible firmness, only tempered by that common decency of human recognition which is the meanest slave's right; thus treated, this Steelkilt had long been retained harmless and docile.†   (source)
  • Mary would sit and watch me by the hour together: then she would take lessons; and a docile, intelligent, assiduous pupil she made.†   (source)
  • The Rev. Mr. Veal used to compliment Georgy upon it personally, warning him that he was destined for a high station; that it became him to prepare, by sedulity and docility in youth, for the lofty duties to which he would be called in mature age; that obedience in the child was the best preparation for command in the man; and that he therefore begged George would not bring toffee into the school and ruin the health of the Masters Bangles, who had everything they wanted at the elegant and abundant table of Mrs. Veal.†   (source)
  • After a month of careful training, our captive would trot, gallop, obey the sound of our voice, feed from our hand; and, in fact, showed himself perfectly docile.†   (source)
  • Moreover, Charles expected her, and in her heart she felt already that cowardly docility that is for some women at once the chastisement and atonement of adultery.†   (source)
  • I am thy creature, and I will be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king if thou wilt also perform thy part, the which thou owest me.†   (source)
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