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used in Atlas Shrugged

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taking pains to avoid being observed


in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
  • And nobody attached significance to the fact that the stock of Taggart Transcontinental was rising on the market, very slowly, almost furtively.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (34% in)
  • His only mark of distinction seemed to be a bulbous nose, a bit too large for the rest of him; his manner was meek, but it conveyed a preposterous hint, the hint of a threat deliberately kept furtive, yet intended to be recognized.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (30% in)
  • His eyes darted at the strangers, then away, suspicious and furtive.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (83% in)
  • ...voice, hating the state of having to hope for honesty as for a favor, but risking it, pouring money into unknown hands in exchange for unsupported promises, into unsigned, unrecorded loans to dummy owners of failing minesmoney handed and taken furtively, as an exchange between criminals, in anonymous cash; money poured into unenforceable contracts-both parties knowing that in case of fraud, the defrauded was to be punished, not the defrauder-but poured that a stream of ore might...
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (23% in)
  • They had had to meet furtively, like criminals who could not be seen together.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (9% in)
  • Taggart's eyes swept over the crowd once in a while, swiftly and furtively, in the manner of a prowler's flashlight; this, in the muscular shorthand legible to Orren Boyle, meant that Taggart was looking for someone and did not want anyone to know it.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (35% in)
  • But under it, he had felt a sneaking little hope, swift and furtive like the course of a cockroach: if that threat took form, it would solve everything, save him from decision, save him from signing the letter .... he would not be President of Taggart Transcontinental any longer, but neither would anyone else .... neither would anyone else...... He sat, looking down at his desk, keeping his eyes and his mind out of focus.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (67% in)
  • They watched her rush by with oddly furtive glances, as if they knew what she was after, as if they had expected someone to come and to face what they had not faced.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (48% in)
  • Their faces had a look of secrecy, the look of partners in guilt, the furtive, smutty look of children defiling someone's clean fence by chalking sneaky scratches intended as symbols of obscenity.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (82% in)
  • She knew that behind the clattering, lumbering pretense of their council sessions, committee meetings and mass debates, the decisions were made in advance, in furtive informality, at luncheons, dinners and bars, the graver the issue, the more casual the method of settling it.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (66% in)
  • She, born of the industrial revolution, had not held as conceivable, had forgotten along with the tales of astrology and alchemy, what these men knew in their secret, furtive souls, knew not by means of thought, but by means of that nameless muck which they called their instincts and emotions: that so long as men struggle to stay alive, they'll never produce so little but that the man with the club won't be able to seize it and leave them still less, provided millions of them are...
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (73% in)
  • ...riders on a machine without a driver, they were trembling hitchhikers who knew that their vehicle was about to crash into its final abyss-and it was not love or fear of Boyle that made them cling to their course and press on toward their end, it was something else, it was some one nameless element which they knew and evaded knowing, something which was neither thought nor hope, something he identified only as a certain look in their faces, a furtive look saying: I can get away with it.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (55% in)
  • From behind the rotted posts of what had once been a corner vegetable stand, Dagny glanced furtively back at the street: the rare lamp posts broke the street into separate islands, she could see a pawnshop in the first patch of light, a saloon in the next, a church in the farthest, and black gaps between them; the sidewalks were deserted; it was hard to tell, but the street seemed empty.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (29% in)

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