Phrases with "shrank"

Ford Madox Ford We dared not put the enemy nations to pain because we shrank from the contemplation. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

George Gissing She was merely indifferent to him then; now she shrank from the sound of his name. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Edith Wharton She did not, indeed, mean to let her private pang obscure their hour together: she was already learning that Deering shrank from sadness. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

D. H. Lawrence She shrank from the little jungle of rank plants before her, evil-smelling figwort and hemlock. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

And then he rebuked her, shrank from her, condemned her: it was enough. Signa by Ouida

Algernon Blackwood Possibly, he understood in this passing moment a huger world, a new outlook that scorned limit, though yet an outlook that his accurate, smaller spirit shrank from. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

He shrank within himself and turned his back on him. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Seeing the man in the distance, more by instinct than anything else, Larose shrank into his corner and pulled his cap well down over his face. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Gissing She shrank from the woman; it cost her an unceasing effort not to betray dislike, or even hostility. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

It appears he shrank from such a great adventure for a long time. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jack London The unknown with all its terrors rushed upon him, and he shrank back instinctively into the shelter of the bush. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Morrison His ragged jacket was coarsely made from one much larger, and he hitched the collar over his shoulder as he shrank toward a doorway some few yards on. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope When he was told that this young Tregear was the owner of the girl’s sweet love, was the treasure of her heart, he shrank as though arrows with sharp points were pricking him all over. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The girl, however, shrank away with a cry as the elder woman approached, and rising to her feet moved unsteadily towards the doctor. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

It was not that he shrank from alarming her. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

T. E. Lawrence Baggage camels they shrank from as a disgrace. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He shrank from the thought of doing so, for he knew that she had no liking for his wife. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

It winced and shrank back, and then, seeing no help for it, made a step forward. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Jack London White Fang shrank together and grew tense as he crouched under it. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Blenkinthrope shrank from the society of his erstwhile travelling companions and took to travelling townwards by an earlier train. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Now, having looked for a place to hide, it seemed possible that he had found one, and yet he shrank oddly from exploring those dead-black depths. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

He shrank into a mere heap of old clothes, turned white, and chattered his teeth. The Fourth Estate by Ambrose Bierce

Edgar Allan Poe I panted! I gasped for breath! There could be no doubt of the design of my tormentors — oh! most unrelenting! oh! most demoniac of men! I shrank from the glowing metal to the centre of the cell. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Poor timid Georgy shrank from her with terror. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Algernon Blackwood Instead of investigating, however — his nerves must have been too overwrought for that, he said — he shrank back as closely as possible against the wall on the other side. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

George Eliot But the Eight shrank from their onerous responsibility, and asked in this exceptional case to have it shared by the Signoria (or the Gonfaloniere and the eight Priors). Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Arnold Bennett He shrank from the trusteeship, but he knew that he could not avoid it, and he was getting accustomed to power and dominion. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry Handel Richardson All reference to the mystery of God’s way was precluded; and he shrank from entering that sound plea for the working of Time, which drives a spike into the heart of the new-made mourner. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

William Godwin They shrank from no privation and labour. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Nathaniel Hawthorne No, not the Unpardonable Sin!” “What is the Unpardonable Sin?” asked the lime-burner; and then he shrank farther from his companion, trembling lest his question should be answered. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Arnold Bennett She shrank down to the floor in terror and loathing, and hid her face, and shuddered. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Sir Francis shrank from an explanation, and so far forgot honor as to murmur some indistinct promise that the wedding should be speedy. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

D. H. Lawrence Then it shrank back and stayed aloof. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence He shut his eyes and shrank with shame. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Nesta had seen it, and had taken her impressions; she, too, shrank from it; the more when impelled to draw near it. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wilkie Collins For those reasons I shrank from saying a word that might wound you. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

John Galsworthy Go away!” They shrank out of the room, and up in Dinny’s bedroom stood with their arms round each other, quivering. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton It was as though a great blaze of electric light had been turned on in her head, and her poor little anguished self shrank and cowered in it, without knowing where to take refuge. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

The unhappy girl shrank back in horror from such an idea, and tried to find some other reply, which would more speedily release her from this unpleasant inter-view. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

John Galsworthy During the War, of course, he had kept fit to kill Germans; now that it was over he either did not know, or shrank in delicacy from explanation of his moving principle. To Let by John Galsworthy

George Eliot In this critical moment, David shrank from this immediate disgrace in the eyes of his future father-in-law. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

Marjorie Bowen The Countess shrank back; when agitated her head trembled with incipient palsy, and now it trembled so that the false pearls rattled hollow against her bony neck. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

Andrew Lang She shrank in terror, but, slight as was the noise, the thing heard it, and raised its head to listen. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri Yuruk shrank back, and out strode Drake. “I am weary,” sighed Norhala. “The way was long. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arthur Machen He shrank from all contact of actuality, not venturing so much as to imagine the inner place and sanctuary of the mysteries. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

They seemed occupied and prosperous, from her front parlour window; she did not see anybody going by who appeared to be in need of her; and she shrank from a more thorough exploration of the place. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

George Gissing I shrank from her when, as a child, I was first brought into her presence. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Rushing forward, he grasped again that father’s hands, but soon shrank back, stunned by what he heard and the prospect it opened before him. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hardy The young woman shrank from having anything to do with the ground-floor serving, and crept silently about observing the scene — so new to her, fresh from the seclusion of a seaside cottage. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

She shrank away from all human companionship; she seemed specially to avoid the society of her stepmother. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a solid obstacle against which the body shrank from advancing. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

George Gissing Of the funeral he shrank from speaking; but the few words he dropped were such as would have befitted ‘a genuine grief. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle The fellow released my sleeve and shrank back in silence, while I, with a solemn gesture, hurried upon my way. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Wilkie Collins At her age she naturally shrank from revisiting the home scenes now occupied by the strangers to whom our house had been let. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

George Gissing Yet Monica shrank from speaking the final word. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Above all, he shrank from the publicity of the assignment. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

With her hand on the handle of the door she stood for more than a whole minute outside the drawing-room, for she shrank inexpressibly from the thought of facing Birtley Raydon’s mother. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

She shrank from the incomparably insolent manner of the governess. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

So when mother said to the winder: “This is my son,” I shrank away from him in terror, and put my hands behind me. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

At the first sight of the murderous weapon she shrank back, and a horrified, but quickly suppressed shriek, burst from her lips. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

The parties at the tables on the veranda had other, fresher, events to talk about and Davidson shrank from making direct inquiries. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Gissing Hardship she could not bear; the second alternative she shrank from on account of her child; she determined to face her father. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Anthony Trollope She did it though, the child shrank from her as from some torturing fiend. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy She closed the window and shrank into bed, where she cried herself to sleep. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Anthony Trollope Her mother looked at her with wistful eyes, longing to bid her spare herself, but she shrank from interfering with her. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall She shrank from telling even her father — he might not understand, he might smile, he might tease her — if he teased her, however gently, she knew that she could not keep back her tears. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

D. H. Lawrence He shrank away from the effort. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell She shrank from following out the premises to their conclusion, and so acknowledging to herself how much she valued his respect and good opinion. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Now it lay fluttering upon the window sill, and for a moment I had it under my hand, but the thing squeaked and I shrank back. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

She instinctively turned to Annette, and then shrank from her. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

She shrank from him, putting her hand against the wall. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

In these letters he wrote of her only as a clever woman in whose career he was interested, he shrank curiously from acknowledging her as his wife. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Abraham Merri He shrank back, pressing himself against the wall close beside the door frame. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

A. E. W. Mason The thing which he foresaw, which he thought over, which he imagined in the act and in the consequence—that he shrank from, upbraiding himself even as you have done. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Edith Wharton At length he said: “Had he seen Miss Viner?” She shrank from the sound of the name. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

D. H. Lawrence He shrank with a feeling almost of disgust from his friends and acquaintances, and their expressions of sympathy. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The toy ball wasn’t so much snatched from me as punctured, until it shrank to something crumpled and unsatisfactory. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

G. K. Chesterton I timidly offered the monumental Life and Letters; but she shrank away with something like a faint shriek. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Henry Handel Richardson Instinctively Mahony shrank into himself; this familiar bracketing of his person with another’s was distasteful to him. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

He saw Winny’s withered face and her withered arms that were grey like crumbled earth, and weak as he was he shrank back farther towards the wall. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

I shrank from the thought of the crowded streets beyond; I shrank yet more from the routine of duties, which stretched before me in the desert into which daily life was so suddenly smitten. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

D. H. Lawrence She shrank away in childish anguish and dread. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Miss Bart shrank from it slightly, and then flung herself into precipitate explanations. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Edith Wharton She shrank from lighting the lights, and groped her way about, trying to find what she needed. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

George Gissing But there were incidents in the past which this moment blurred away into the region of dreamland, and which he shrank from the effort of reinvesting with credibility. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Henry Kingsley Hawker rose and glared at them with such a look of deadly rage that they shrank from him appalled. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

I shrank from that touch — I shrank from that eye. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Charles Kingsley Frank, too, shrank from what he knew must come, and all the more because he was ignorant that Amyas had been to Bideford, or knew aught of the Rose’s disappearance. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Henry Handel Richardson And how she shrank before them . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Handel Richardson But at the mere thought of London he shrank into himself, as he had shrunk under his first physical impression of it. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton The thought was deeply distasteful: Anna shrank from encountering the girl till she had cleared a way through her own perplexities. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Abraham Merri I gripped Drake; shrank with him into the farthest corner — for on the other side of us the wall was opening. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

George Gissing She shrank back into her suburban home. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Will ye thole the trial?” The big man shrank back. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

George Gissing When the Rectory was full of visitors he shrank into his bedroom, and there remained in cold and darkness till Mrs. Cope came to search for him and send him to bed. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson She suffered all the humiliation of a flabby fiasco, and, till bedtime, shrank out of her friends’ way. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins Mirabel shrank back against the wall behind him, trembling in every limb. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Virginia Woolf And always now (why, she could not guess, except that it came probably from that woman somehow) he shrank from her. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

H. Rider Haggard But Swanhild cursed him for a coward, so that he shrank before her eyes. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

E. Phillips Oppenheim He shrank back, his fingers relaxed their hold of his weapon, the sweat was hot upon his forehead. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell What wonder that every one shrank from me in dread — that my father drove me forth at length, when the disgrace of which I was the cause was past his patience to bear. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

A. E. W. Mason In fact, she positively shrank from it. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

He shrank from facing another English winter, and meditated a southward flight so soon as he should have finished his fifth and sixth volumes, and seen them safe in the printer’s hands. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Charles Kingsley She shrank back, somewhat frightened. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Elizabeth Gaskell This enforced hospitality was considered a mark of good citizenship; and woe to those who shrank from such companionship at their board! March 1st. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

D. H. Lawrence He did not go to the stack, as he shrank from meeting Paula. At the mouth of the hut, Geoffrey was making the fire. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

George Gissing Then again, he shrank from announcing to the poor creature that she could no longer draw upon him for her livelihood. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Benjamin Disraeli No one can accuse me of trifling with the affections of your sweet companion, and I must do her the justice to say that she did everything to convince me that she shrank from my attentions. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell The public prosecutor shrank from the duties of his office. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Thomas Hardy To go to the door just at this time was impolitic, and she shrank back into an inner corner to wait. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Seraphina shrank close to my side, hiding her head on my breast. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Eliot But this impression silenced her: her pride and delicacy shrank from questioning further, where questions might seem to imply that she could entertain even a slight suspicion against her husband. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

D. H. Lawrence She was reluctant to take the cruel step of finding work, for she shrank with extreme sensitiveness and shyness from new contact, new situations. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

It was like the roar of mighty cataracts, like the sound of many waters; and at the voice of that vast multitude I shrank back for a moment. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

She, who had never been reproved, shrank with a sickly dread from the idea of reproof. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

She shrank from encountering strangers. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

When you came down the street,” he went on, turning to Fitzgerald, “I shrank back into the shadow, and when you passed I ran up to Whyte as the cabman was putting him into the hansom. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

George Meredith Beauchamp opened the case in a couple of sentences, and when the turn came for Renee to speak, and she shrank from the task in manifest pain, he spoke for her, and no one heard her contradiction. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Edith Wharton But her imagination shrank from the picture, and she lay all day on the divan in Vance’s study, her mind a formless darkness. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

D. H. Lawrence She shrank and shrank, trying not to be seen. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Even Agnew’s buoyant soul shrank back, and we stared at each other with quivering lips. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

George Gissing At once the sky was overcast, the ways were woebegone; he shrank within his new garments, and endured once more the feeling of personal paltriness. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Infinite shrank to finite with the jolt of a collision — and it was almost a real one. Serapion by Francis Stevens

John Gourlay the younger was late for school, in spite of the nervous trot he fell into when he shrank from the bodies’ hard stare at him. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Edith Wharton Polixena, let the priest come!” She shrank back from him, white and radiant. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Gissing Mrs. Winter, though in theory she accepted the necessity of cheapness, shrank from every practical suggestion declaring it impossible to live in such places as Cecil requested her to look at. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

D. H. Lawrence He shivered, shrank with pain. The Witch a la Mode by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

D.H. Lawrence Turning, he found her steady, unswerving eyes fixed on him, so that he shrank confused from them. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Curiously enough he shrank from meeting any of his friends. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

George Elio The way was rather long, but she preferred it, because it left less probability of her meeting acquaintances, and she shrank from having to speak to any one. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Edith Wharton The crash of a loaded branch falling far off in the woods reverberated like a musket-shot, and once a fox barked, and Mattie shrank closer to Ethan, and quickened her steps. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

George Eliot She shrank from seeming to claim an equal’s share in her mistress’s sorrow. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Edith Wharton But gradually it shrank away from her and she felt the dull pavement beneath her feet. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Grimm shut up a ledger, and I shrank down on my knees, for a general shifting of chairs began. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson Abnormally sensitive, he shrank out of her way. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Seeing Hugh Girdlestone push through the crowd and stand suddenly before him, he shrank back like a hunted creature, and began trembling violently. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

Elizabeth Von Arnim She shrank away from their smiles and wavings, but she could not shrink out of sight without falling into the lilies. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

She shrank near to the hedge, in no mood to greet or to accept greeting from a neighbour. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

D. H. Lawrence She went quietly in to Clifford. He thought how handsome she looked, but also he shrank from her. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins In horror of herself, she turned her head aside in silence and shrank from meeting his eye. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Benjamin Disraeli He was a man who shrank from scenes, and he greeted Lothair as if they had only parted yesterday. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle What is all this mystery? What has become of Godfrey Emsworth?’ “I gripped the old man by the shoulder, but he shrank away. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

John shrank down in his greatcoat. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Anthony Trollope There was something so horrifying in this, that Dr Thorne shrank back amazed, and was for a moment unable to speak. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen Wilt thou give me a light?’ The frightened soldier shrank from him anew. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Thomas Hardy She shrank away, and his purposed kiss miscarried. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson At the same time, he shrank from the idea of imitating him; and even had he been bold enough, not a single errand could he devise to serve him as an excuse. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

They shrank together and moved warily, chilled with fear. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He longed to be gazed at by the loving eyes now closed; he shrank from the hard stare of them that loved him not. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mrs. Gibson shrank from any conflicts with Cynthia, pretty sure that she would be worsted in the end; while Molly generally submitted, sooner than have any struggle for her own will. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Joseph Furphy He shrank from the touch, and immediately recovered himself. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Marjorie Bowen De Lana opened the door of the Duke’s apartments and stood aside for her to enter, but Valentine shrank back. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

He shrank from the act, and the thought of the sensation it would produce, from the gossip and comments it would raise, the dishonouring suspicions it would provoke. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

The little maid shrank back, terrified, while the amazed domino players looked, openmouthed. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

The universal intellect of Bacon shrank to the paltry pursuit of place. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Andrew Lang At the bush, the dogs shrank away as if frightened, and returned to their masters, their hair brisling on their backs. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Margaret Oliphant He shrank from meeting with her, now that the meeting was so near; and his thoughts went after that other desperate wretched woman, flying—who could tell where?—in despair and darkness. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Marjorie Bowen She struck out angrily with her strongest hand, missing Elsie, Who shrank back from the bedside. Elsie’s Lonely Afternoon by Marjorie Bowen

Elizabeth Gaskell She was almost fierce when her mother, in those first months of convalescence, performed the household tasks which had formerly been hers; but she shrank from going out of doors. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

A master of publicity, he shrank from it in person. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

After she had been greeted by a heavy pat on the head, Laura shrank back behind her mother. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Edith Wharton Her talk with Ellie Vanderlyn had left Susy so oppressed and humiliated that she almost shrank from her meeting with Altringham the next day. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Martha, gentle, sweet-eyed, whose one wish had been that poor Fanny shouldn’t hate her birthday too much, shrank back into her shell. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Anna Katherine Green I shrank from the ordeal and stood with my back half turned when, dashed by his own emotions, he bounded into our presence. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson He shrank the very place he cultivated. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

She saw, for she shrank back in her chair and her dark eyes glimmered. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Gissing Godwin shrank away, and could not resume the conversation thus interrupted. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

William Harrison Ainsworth I advanced towards him; he shrank backwards, and, but for the timely aid of his companion, would have fallen upon the pavement. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

Ravelston shrank from him in disgust. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence She shrank a little, as if she were exposed to his eyes, and as if it were a pain to her. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Enthusiasm was never the term for his state of mind; instinctively he shrank from that, as a thing Gallic, “foreign. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Charles Kingsley A fresh misery! Just because he shrank so intensely from the man, he must endure him! “There is nothing the matter with me,” said he languidly. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Algernon Blackwood Yet from such direct revelation I shrank involuntarily and by instinct. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

The lecturer eyed him sideways where he shrank in fear. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Steele Rudd They dropped the irons and shrank into a corner and cowered piteously — too scared even to cry out. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

John had been brought up to go into the business, and now, at the last moment, he was undeceived, and ordered off to a new life, from which every instinct of his being shrank afraid. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

He shrank from the absurdity of hearing the all-knowing one, and not very sober at that, turning on him with righteous reproaches — “You never told me. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

She could fully fathom the base selfishness of the man who pretended to love her, and she understood why it was that he shrank from offering her the only real pledge of his truth. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The two princes who were friends, and till that moment had preserved their attachment, shrank back, gnashing their teeth with mutual and unchangeable hatred. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

John Galsworthy Soames shrank back and stood where he could see into the hall. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton She shrank back as though Lily’s presence flashed too sudden a light upon her misery. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Against her own father? I shrank from the responsibility and counted the cost of failurecertain failure, to judge by her conduct. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Wilkie Collins Had the forlorn creature come to any harm? That was my first thought, though I shrank selfishly from confronting it. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

I have had to commit crimes from which my better self shrank at her command. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton She shrank back a little, not from reluctance but from a sense of paralyzing inadequacy. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Charles Dickens Nell shrank timidly from all the dwarf’s advances towards conversation, and fled from the very sound of his voice; nor were the lawyer’s smiles less terrible to her than Quilp’s grimaces. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Anthony Trollope It is thus that the lecturer concludes his lecture about Swift. “He shrank away from all affections sooner or later. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Edith Wharton But the mind shrank from such a fate for Bessy. And it might still be that the injury to the spine was not grave — though, here again, the fracturing of the fourth vertebra was ominous. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

I shrank back — I could not have seated myself there. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

And he dreaded that mind: it revolted him: he shrank forebodingly from the idea of committing Isabella to his keeping. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Elizabeth Gaskell He overpowered her with tender words and caresses, till at last she shrank away from them, as from something too bewildering, and past all right comprehension. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

George Meredith She shrank with pathetic horror from the thought of Merthyr’s rising from his couch to find her a married woman, and desired most earnestly that her marriage should be witnessed by him. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Gissing Your utter coldness — it seemed to me inhuman — I shrank from you. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

G. K. Chesterton And this was because, with all his healthiness and energy, he had not the supreme courage to face the ugliness of things; Beauty shrank from the Beast and the fairy-tale had a different ending. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Like a vapour that lessens as the sun pierces and pervades it, the form shrank cowering and dwarfed in the dimmer distance, and through the casement again rushed the stars. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Her youth — her conscience, perhapsshrank in manifest distress from this inquisition. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Elizabeth Gaskell She, too, shrank from the interview. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

If that book should be allowed to lie where it had fallen, then he was in for a period of uncertainty he shrank from contemplating. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The touters, proclaiming the merits of their respective hotels, and thrusting their cards in Pell’s face, seemed to startle him, for he shrank back. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

Henry James He was evidently filled with a sort of delightful trouble; he enjoyed the adventure, but he shrank from the hazard. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]