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passive
used in Middlemarch

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accepting what happens without trying to take control or reacting strongly
  • Fatigue would make him passive.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (99% in)
  • Even with a microscope directed on a water-drop we find ourselves making interpretations which turn out to be rather coarse; for whereas under a weak lens you may seem to see a creature exhibiting an active voracity into which other smaller creatures actively play as if they were so many animated tax-pennies, a stronger lens reveals to you certain tiniest hairlets which make vortices for these victims while the swallower waits passively at his receipt of custom.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (46% in)
  • Nevertheless, while Sir James said to himself that he had completely resigned her, since with the perversity of a Desdemona she had not affected a proposed match that was clearly suitable and according to nature; he could not yet be quite passive under the idea of her engagement to Mr. Casaubon.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (53% in)
  • To him it was like the cessation of an ache that Mary could laugh at him, and with a passive sort of smile he tried to reach her hand; but she slipped away quickly towards the door and said, "I shall tell uncle.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (31% in)
  • Meanwhile, Mr. Vincy had glanced at the passive face of Mr. Rigg, and had taken out his snuff-box and tapped it, but had put it again unopened as an indulgence which, however clarifying to the judgment, was unsuited to the occasion.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (10% in)
  • The laborers on the wagon were pausing to listen, and it seemed wiser to be quite passive than to attempt a ridiculous flight pursued by a bawling man.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (70% in)
  • But Mr. Brooke had been right in predicting that Dorothea would not long remain passive where action had been assigned to her; she knew the purport of her husband's will made at the time of their marriage, and her mind, as soon as she was clearly conscious of her position, was silently occupied with what she ought to do as the owner of Lowick Manor with the patronage of the living attached to it.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (56% in)
  • "What I think, Dodo," Celia went on, observing nothing more than that Dorothea was leaning back in her chair, and likely to be passive, "is that Mr. Casaubon was spiteful.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (59% in)
  • All force is twain in one: cause is not cause Unless effect be there; and action's self Must needs contain a passive.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (8% in)
  • We are on a perilous margin when we begin to look passively at our future selves, and see our own figures led with dull consent into insipid misdoing and shabby achievement.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (53% in)

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