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used in Light in August

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accepting what happens without trying to take control or reacting strongly
  • He said to himself with complete and passive surrender: 'Well, here I am.'
    Chapter 6 (13% in)
  • If he saw anything at all, it was the child, the orphan of five years who had sat with the still and alert and unrecking passiveness of an animal on the seat of his buggy on that December evening twelve years ago.
    Chapter 7 (66% in)
  • It was as though instead of having been subtly slain and corrupted by the ruthless and bigoted man into something beyond his intending and her knowing, she had been hammered stubbornly thinner and thinner like some passive and dully malleable metal, into an attenuation of dumb hopes and frustrated desires now faint and pale as dead ashes.
    Chapter 7 (84% in)
  • So when he now came to her, after the passive and cold and seemly transports of sheer habit she began to speak of a child.
    Chapter 12 (28% in)
  • It was as though he had set out and made his plans to passively commit suicide.
    Chapter 19 (1% in)
  • I think that is what gave him not the courage so much as the passive patience to endure and recognise and accept the one opportunity which he had to break in the middle of that crowded square, manacled, and run.
    Chapter 19 (24% in)
  • Woman (not the seminary, as he had once believed): the Passive and Anonymous whom God had created to be not alone the recipient and receptacle of the seed of his body but of his spirit too, which is truth or as near truth as he dare approach.
    Chapter 20 (2% in)

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