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used in The Fountainhead

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taking pains to avoid being observed


in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
  • Shortly after six, Davis departed furtively from the empty drafting room, leaving Keating at his table.
    1.4 — Part 1 Chapter 4 (25% in)
  • His furtive, infrequent urges drew him to the young, slim, full-bosomed, brainless girls—the giggling little waitresses, the lisping manicurists, the less efficient stenographers, the kind who wore pink or orchid dresses and little hats on the back of their heads with gobs of blond curls in front.
    2.9 — Part 2 Chapter 9 (68% in)
  • He could find reality only in the evenings, when he slipped furtively up to Roark's apartment.
    4.10 — Part 4 Chapter 10 (3% in)
  • He did not slip and it was not furtive, he told himself angrily—and knew that it was; even though he walked through the lobby of the Enright House and rode up in an elevator, like any man on a legitimate errand.
    4.10 — Part 4 Chapter 10 (4% in)
  • There were no furtive glances, no whispered cuss words, no gossip in washrooms any longer.
    4.13 — Part 4 Chapter 13 (78% in)

There are no more uses of "furtive" in The Fountainhead.

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