Phrases with "timid"

George Gissing She searched his face, as if to discern the feeling with which he regarded her, and her timid smile of reassurance did not lack its pathos. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

But Halliday felt that he was quite equal to dealing with a timid personality such as the secretary possessed. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

To approach the village at night a timid man requires great strategy. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

As the years passed she developed into a highly nervous and very timid woman. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

George Gissing Possibly the nature of his search may also have contributed to make him timid and shrinking, for he dreaded to meet with Carrie at least as much as he desired to do so. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing A timid question at length elicited one or two abrupt remarks which humbled, but at the same time informed, her. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Hardy But she seemed timid at his approach, and compunction wrought on him at sight of it. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

The children, timid at first, sat round on the forms in prim stillness, just like so many mice. The Angels’ Music by Ellen Wood [1876]

Charles Dickens It was but a glance; a little, tearful, timid glance. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

He did not suppose that this young girl, timid to excess, with a sensitiveness almost a disease, would be able to hear without flinching such a terrible revelation. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Guy de Maupassan The little chirp of a bird sounded; warblings, timid at first, came from among the leaves; then, getting bolder, they became vibrating, joyous, and spread from branch to branch, from tree to tree. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

The housekeeper had now appeared — a quiet, timid old woman. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Charles Dickens Indeed, the sense of having gone too far to be forgiven, held the timid together no less than the bold. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

The terms of the message might well argue a vacillating and timid temper in the monarch, did they not mask a deeper policy. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Elizabeth Gaskell With all that she has done to redeem her character, she should not be so timid of observation. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Mrs. Gaskell I found her timid and anxious about the arrangements for my comfort. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Edith Wharton He had driven to town alone with Lewis, sternly rebuffing his daughters’ timid hints, and Mrs. Raycie’s mute but visible yearning to accompany him. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Breakfast had hardly been cleared in the morning, and Robert had not yet ascended to his work, when there came a timid tapping at the door, and there was Raffles Haw on the mat outside. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

H. Rider Haggard Will you come with me?” I am, as I think I have said, a cautious man, indeed a timid one, and this suggestion frightened me. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Dudley Warner Nobody knew her so well as I, for she was generally timid and silent; but I in a manner studied her excellence. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Jules Verne They were huge ostriches, timid too, for they fled with extreme rapidity. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Generous and benevolent she was, timid and sensitive to a degree, gentle, and considerate to all. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Niccolo Machiavelli Above all, it is important for the Captain to know the enemy, and who he has around him: if he is foolhardy or cautious: if timid or audacious. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

He did not shrink from talking about himself, for he was free from that exacerbated, timid vanity which seals so many vain-glorious lips. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Rewble again looked at the girls and then at her mother; but Mrs. Shand was older and less timid than her married daughter. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

She soon entered the Hermitage, and approached the Monk with a timid air. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

And, timid in her comer, she ventured to say pressingly: “Be careful, Wilhelm! Remember the knives and revolvers in their trunks. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Guy de Maupassant He was rather pale, very neat, with a timid and almost awkward manner. Simon’s Papa (Le Papa de Simon) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Lewis Carroll At length, as the Tiger-lily only went on waving about, she spoke again, in a timid voice — almost in a whisper. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

George Eliot He stood leaning on a plank he had taken hold of, listening to sounds which his imagination interpreted for him so pleasantly that the keen strong face became suffused with a timid tenderness. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Henry Kingsley Adelaide, beautiful and fragile beyond description, perfect in dress and caniage, riding trustingly and lovingly in the shadow of her lord, the happy, timid bride all over. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Arthur Machen We think of sheep as timid creatures, who always ran away. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Olaf Stapledon But we cannot agree with you in regarding your heroism as the very flower of human achievement, or t your generosity and your timid cosmopolitanism as sublime triumphs of the spirit. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing The little boy, timid and impatient, was at the head of the stairs. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Virginia Woolf They set two rats in cages side by side, and of the two one was furtive, timid and small, and the other was glossy, bold and big. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

George Eliot He was not apprehensive or timid through his imagination, but through his sensations and perceptions he could easily be made to shrink and turn pale like a maiden. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Lady Morgan Too timid to proceed, yet unwilling to retreat, I was still hovering near the door, when, turning round, she observed me, and I advanced. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

George Meredith Her writing of the song in celebration of the young baronet’s birthday was thought a clever venture, bold as only your timid creatures can be bold. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Sinclair Lewis All cats have to know about every corner of any house they choose to honor, but sometimes they are timid about caves under furniture. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

It was with quite a timid hand that, a few minutes later, the property-man knocked again at Mr. Burrage’s door. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Arnold Bennett Why? Only yesterday, and she had been, an innocent, timid creature in Bursley, in Axe, a foolish creature who deemed the concealment of letters a supreme excitement. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Edith Wharton In the moonlit hush the other went up to her, laying a timid touch on her arm. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Elizabeth Gaskell So she knocked with a timid feeling at the indicated door, and when it was opened, dropped a simple curtsey without speaking. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Henry James But before that he sang two or three songs at Catherine’s timid request; not that he flattered himself that this would help to bring her father round. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Robert Green Ingersoll The little flags of truce carried by timid philosophers will disappear, and the cowardly parley will give place to victory lasting and universal. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Maria Edgeworth But when the realities by which he was surrounded dispelled the illusion, she suddenly withdrew her eyes, and blushed deeply, with such timid and graceful modesty as charmed every body present. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Arnold Bennett Cyril glanced with timid bravado from one to the other. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Why should they have? They are not timid in any sense. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Like a mother giving a powder to her child, he is at pains to disguise his timid censure with a teaspoonful of jam. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Guy de Maupassant When he saw the mayor, he got up, took off his cap, and said: “Good morning, Maître Cacheux;” and then he remained standing, timid and embarrassed. The Rabbit (Le Lapin) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

On passing the disconsolate Alfred the latter eyed him coyly, gave her stray sheep a coarse push — as one pushes a thing— and laid a timid hand, gentle as falling down, upon the rougher sex. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anna Katherine Green His is a timid soul, and anxious as he is to watch her, he is not at all anxious to be detected in the act of doing so. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

She can lift a bag of meal under her arm easier than I can; but she’s a timid creature for all that. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

The misinformed and timid court of policy in Demerara was made the dupe of a savage who came down the Essequibo and gave himself out as king of a mighty tribe. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Arthur Machen See the yellow lava of the Welsh rabbit stream over and engulf the timid toast. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

George Gissing Emily, so timid usually she could not raise her eyes before a stranger, stopped, quivering all over, commanded them to cease their brutality, divine compassion become a heroism. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Anne Bronte Henceforth, however, she will doubtless be somewhat less timid and reserved, and he more kind and thoughtful. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

George Elio She’s as timid as a hare; and she’ll never let anybody know about it. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Andrew Lang He is seized by ruffians, locked in, and expects to be murdered, which he knows that he cannot stand, for he is timid by nature. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson She was a gardener of the ruthless type, and went for any small green thing that incautiously showed a timid spike above the earth, suspecting it of being a weed. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Willa Cather Near the door stood a mulatto woman, evidently a servant in the house, with a timid bearing and an emaciated face pitifully sad and gentle. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

James Joyce The timid hearts of words all exeomno-sunt. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Ralph Waldo Emerson They fear to offend, they bend and apologize, and walk through life with a timid step. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Wilkie Collins Her color deepened; she found the lost remembrance, and looked at me with a timid curiosity. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And Mr. Tomlinson’s timid knock and feeble ring at the door were heard. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Lucy, I feel as a friend towards you, though your timid nature is slow to trust. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Andrew Lang Among the objects which aided man to take these small and timid steps, he reckons rivers and trees, which excited, he says, religious awe. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

H. Rider Haggard There, there, it is a cruel and a wicked world, and for a timid man I have been mixed up in a great deal of fighting. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Elizabeth Gaskell She saw the desire he had, and shrank away in timid fear. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Guy de Maupassant My mother herself was often moved by the passionate gratitude and timid devotion of this dainty and loving little creature that she began calling her: ‘My daughter. Mademoiselle Perle by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Thomas Hardy He again saw her as at their first meeting, timid at speaking, yet in her eagerness to be explanatory borne forward almost against her will. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

For the most part they were all timid people — of course, they were petitioners. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Dumas’ Dame aux Camelias originally staged in 1852, was a timid start in the new direction. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Robert Louis Stevenson Indeed, when he recalled the awful countenance of my lord, a timid hope sprang up in him that perhaps there would be found no one bold enough to carry tales. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis He felt that he, too, was a derelict, as he listened to Mrs. Tiffany’s timid hopes for a celebration. The Kidnaped Memorial by Sinclair Lewis

Arnold Bennett He left the tin trunk on the pavement and took timid Florrie’s money without touching his hat for it. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Ford Madox Ford I was as timid as you will, but in that matter I was like a chicken that is determined to get across the road in front of an automobile. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Henry Handel Richardson In her agitation, Ephie rang on a wrong floor, and a strange man answered her timid inquiry. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dickens There was a timid and suppressed woman in attendance (wife of the man down-stairs), who had retreated into a corner. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Guy de Maupassan Then he really began to admire her with an admiration that his friendship for the husband obliged him to keep within the bounds of discretion, making him timid and embarrassed. His Avenger by Guy de Maupassan

With head lowered she awaited Lucien’s approach uneasily, like a young and timid savage, ready to fly from his caress. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Anthony Trollope The attempt was so ghastly that Lucinda, though not timid by nature, was frightened. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

I believe it was rather that inherent want of tenderness which chilled and dispirited the timid young Lincolnshire squires. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. G. Wells Don’t think I’m timid or conventional. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

It soon appeared to him that he heard a slight noise within — a timid noise which seemed to tremble lest it should be heard. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Meredith That philosopher tramp named her ‘beautiful Gorgon.’ She has no beauty; and as for Gorgon, the creature has a look of timid softness in waiting behind her rocky eyes. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H. G. Wells They make their polite and timid gestures towards human unity as something nice and desirable indeed but anything but imperative. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Eliot It was a real grasp, and not a light, timid touch; for poor Tessa, seeing his rapid step, had started forward with a desperate effort. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

George Gissing With a murmur of apology to her friend, and a timid movement of indescribable grace in Basil’s direction, she escaped, like a fugitive wild thing, into solitude. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Arnold Bennett Each seemed to be held back by a kind of timid shame and by a cautious suspicion. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

She knew Louis was hesitating, if not in doubt, and that his indolent or timid heart required aid and encouragement. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Ah, vicomte, it is very plain you come from court; you are as timid as the king. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

His glance, reverent, full of timid longing fell on Rachel, and his heart cried aloud suddenly, “If she loves me, I shall not be able to leave her. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Gissing On the other hand that was a timid proceeding; boldly to present himself before her would be much more effective. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

H. G. Wells There is a large human charity about it, a sun too broad and warm, a reasonableness too wide and free perhaps for the timid convulsive quality of our time, yet all good as good wine for the wise. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Ralph Waldo Emerson What are no trifles to them, they naturally think are no trifles to Pompey. We say, then, that the reforming movement is sacred in its origin; in its management and details timid and profane. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Anthony Trollope Kate was a pretty, modest girl, timid withal and shy, unused to society, and therefore awkward, but with the natural instincts and aptitudes of her sex. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It’s too small a life, over there, even for a timid old lady. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle Mrs. Ranter, who had been a comely lass thirty years before, was now a white-haired, melancholy woman, with a wan face and a timid manner. The Lonely Hampshire Cottage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Edith Wharton There was nothing small or timid about Mr. Grew’s imagination; it had never stopped at anything between Wingfield and the metropolis. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

The timid steward had not been able to overcome his enthusiasm. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Radclyffe Hall There they sat, closely herded together at the tables, creatures shabby yet tawdry, timid yet defiant — and their eyes, Stephen never forgot their eyes, those haunted, tormented eyes of the invert. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Edith Wharton Bun and Beechy, seated one on each side of their new step-mother, and visibly awed by her proximity, demeaned themselves with a restraint which the Princess made several timid attempts to break down. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Every one knows how strong the maternal instinct is, leading even timid birds to face great danger, though with hesitation, and in opposition to the instinct of self-preservation. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Radclyffe Hall You’re so strong in some ways and yet so timid — such a mixture — and you’re terribly frightened of life. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

George Meredith Blushing and shooting a timid look from under his pendulous eyelids at my aunt, indicating that he was prepared to go the way of tutors at Riversley, he said he really had not much observed them. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Guy de Maupassan Oh, if you could only take her in your arms and fondle and kiss her! Her glance may be timid or bold, her hair light or dark. The Unknown by Guy de Maupassan

Elizabeth Gaskell Her fearlessness delighted and surprised him, she had seemed so cowed and timid at first. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

She was a gentle, yielding, timid girl then; but her love was strong, and she ran away. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

George Elio Her voice had risen from the low tone of timid distress to an intense pitch of imploring anguish. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Henry James I therefore am not bound to be timid and conventional; indeed I can’t afford such luxuries. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

This timid girl that would have screamed at a scratch, met the King of Terrors with smiles and triumph. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

What signifies a few moments sooner or later?’ The Superior was of a timid and passionate character. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Walter Scott Thou might’st have ridden Pixie, but he is something spirited, and them art a timid horsewoman, and ever wert so — the only weakness I have known of thee. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Anthony Trollope What would be better than that they should be to each other as Herbert and Clara? But the cautious mother had known how easy it would be to frighten her timid fawnlike child. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford For he certainly made timid advances. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Adventures from which timid spirits shrunk appalled had brought golden harvests to this daring gamester. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

G. K. Chesterton The strong and evident idea of reform sank lower and lower until it became the timid and feeble idea of progress. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Algernon Blackwood That indescribable quality of the Desert, which makes timid souls avoid the hour of dusk, emerged; it spread everywhere, undisguised. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

In her whole appearance there was a shrinking, timid gentleness, betokening refinement of feeling. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Sir Walter Scott This is a vindictive and timid feeling which will soon wear off, for of all nations the English are least blood-thirsty by nature. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Arnold Bennett Edwin, like many timid men, often used forbidden words with much ferocity in private. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

In the first stages of his deception he had been timid and cautious. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Sarah Orne Jewett I turned, startled in the silence of the wide field, and saw an elderly man, bent in the shoulders as fishermen often are, gray-headed and clean-shaven, and with a timid air. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Anatole France After having surprised or captured by quickness a timid animal, they devoured that prey still palpitating. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Henry Handel Richardson What a timid little thing she was to be sure! He should have made it his business to draw her out, by being kind and encouraging. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Benjamin Disraeli Madame Carolina expressed her willingness; but the Baroness, like all forward girls unused to the world, suddenly grew at the same time both timid and disobliging. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

The timid lecturer, angry at the poor figure he had cut on the platform, was glad to take it out of young Gourlay for the wrongdoing of the class. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

The breakfast proceeds in sombre silence, save that sometimes a parrot, and sometimes a canary bird, ventures to utter a timid note. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

George Meredith She had expected to be welcomed by Aminta, and she was very timid on finding herself alone with the earl. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Walter Scott Thus some aspired to her acquaintance out of pride while the more timid of the feuars were anxious to inculcate upon their children the necessity of being respectful to the noble orphan. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And in all the world there was nothing so difficult to be endured, by those who had any dark secret to conceal, as the glance of Priscilla’s timid and melancholy eyes. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Edgar Allan Poe Some few, to be sure, are led with a rope about the neck, but these are chiefly the lesser or timid species. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Anne Bronte No boding fears were expressed, but I was grown timid and despondent, and could not help fearing that some dreadful calamity awaited us there. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Never was such a timid child as that. The Angels’ Music by Ellen Wood [1876]

Eight years ago I retired from the shop, and I was a timid elderly body. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

John Galsworthy Startled by a timid murmur: “Balloon, sir, best quality,” he looked round from that contemplation of St. Paul’s which had been his lifelong habit, and stopped in sheer surprise. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Barbara made some timid excuse. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

He would never be timid any more. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Sinclair Lewis With a timid forefinger he stroked the levant, ran through the leaves. Young Man Axelbrod by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells He was pompous and patronising and prosy; timid and indistinct in statement, with no sense of the common need or the common quality. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

George Eliot Without answering, she turned towards her, blushing and timid again, and Monna Lisa’s eyes followed her movement. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Arnold Bennett And at last, timid and shaking with agitation, she ventured nearer and nearer. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Jack London So we waited, ten times a decent interval, when the Carter stealthily advanced a timid forefinger to the button, and gave it the faintest, shortest possible push. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Henry James The truth is, that her suspicions having been aroused, she indulged a desire, natural to a timid person, that the explosion should be localised. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Edith Wharton There was nothing aggressive in his manner; but he had the solemnity of a timid man resolved on a decisive measure. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Thomas Hardy Here she remained, her great timid eyes strained through the glass upon the garden without, and her skirts gathered up, in fear of the field-mice which sometimes came there. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Jane, knowing her sister’s timid disposition, had told her nothing of Larose’s intention to come in and open the safe. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Guy de Maupassant At last his choice fell on a young beginner who seemed poor and timid and whose sad look seemed to announce a nature easily influenced-by poetry. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Walter Scott They encountered no timid enemy. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Marjorie Bowen With a timid gesture she held out her little hand to Valentine. ‘Will you not ride back beside me?’ she asked, pleadingly. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

This look was a timid entreaty, and implored secrecy far more effectually than her expressed words had done a few minutes before. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Gissing Probably her father’s avowed indifferentism imposed upon her a timid silence. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Walter Scott The timid deer comes only forth when the sun is upon the mountain’s peak, but the bold wolf walks in the red light of the harvest-moon. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Guy de Maupassan How many times, nervous and timid from this motionless silence, I have begun to talk, to repeat words without rhyme or reason, only to make some sound. A Father’s Confession by Guy de Maupassan

Ann Radcliffe She rose in haste to be gone, when the stranger respectfully advanced; but, observing her timid looks and retiring steps, he paused. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Arnold Bennett She raised her glance for a timid moment to his face, and saw to her intense astonishment that he also was blushing. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

George Elio Look at the two women on the sofa together! The large, fair, mild-eyed Milly is timid even in friendship: it is not easy to her to speak of the affection of which her heart is full. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Robert Louis Stevenson He was peering up to me, as if for sympathy, a timid joy in his eyes. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy There, see how a timid woman tries to fence herself in!’ ‘My dear lady-love, neither of those two high-handed courses should I have taken, even had you not stipulated against them. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Thomas Hardy He still thinks it a great centre of high and fearless thought, instead of what it is, a nest of commonplace schoolmasters whose characteristic is timid obsequiousness to tradition. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis Cedric Staubermeyer tried to stare like a white man staring at a Negro. But Rose Pennloss, in the next block, waved her hand with a timid cordiality. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

A man in a priest’s gown stood by the far wall, a timid youth who was busy with his beads. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Maria Edgeworth The timid Eliza remonstrated in no very gentle voice, and the colour came into her face —“the eloquent blood spoke” too plainly. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

When she did at length speak, it was in a low, timid voice. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Ivan Turgenev What’s she afraid of?’ ‘She’s not used to your honour yet,’ ventured one of the companions in a timid and conciliatory voice. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Henry James Singleton, who was not in the secret of his personal misfortunes, still treated him with timid frankness as the rising star of American art. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The hand with which she held her shawl across was very thin; and in her pale face and large eyes was a timid and imploring look that struck the little boy. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The old gentleman came up in a covert, timid sort of way, which made Mr. Carlyle look all the more. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

The public opinion, timid and enslaved, respected this imperious and, apparently, well-authenticated error. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry Handel Richardson As though he had a meek and timid patient before him, he now said sternly: “Open your mouth . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

She lost the images of herself; she saw only images of Betty — beginning to speak, putting out a timid hand, or only looking at her. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

There were the timid twilights and the home-comings; the merry boys and girls of the pavements, and the softly lighted windows. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Always a timid lad, he could not overcome his first fear of Hill. Not that the man was unkind, only rough and resolute. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

For all these months I had so longed for this time when we should be alone together, and now that I had got my wish I was as timid and tongue-tied as any girl at her first ball. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

The waters were swift and limpid, sprinkled with timid stars, and seemed to promise a very blessed time to the weary. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Arthur Conan Doyle His manner had lost all its old audacity, and become timid and retiring. Gentlemanly Joe by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James He was not timid and he was not impudent. The American by Henry James [1877]

He’s not like us great rough English—men, you know, Tom. There’s something so nice and quiet and soft-spoken about the boy, that appears to suit the timid nerves of my poor delicate little girl. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Ivan Turgenev Afterwards the first timid visits, the hints, the half-smiles and embarrassment; the uncertain sadness, the ups and downs and at last that overwhelming joy . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Ann Radcliffe She paused in timid hesitation, fearful to penetrate the gloomy obscurity which lay before her, yet dreading to return. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Before I was completely dressed I heard a timid knock, and opening my door, razor in hand, stood astonished and silent. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Edith Wharton His family did not know of his illness; he had sworn Brail to secrecy on the first day, and the timid creature had obeyed, no doubt privately relieved at not having to provide for other visitors. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

I had to own to myself that Essie was a simple, humble, and rather timid creature. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Arnold Bennett The driver bounced up, enheartened at sight of the trunk and the inexperienced, timid girl; but the horse did not stir in its crooked coma. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Gaston Leroux Suddenly, she snatched herself from the young man’s soft and timid embrace, seemed to listen to something, and, with a quick gesture, pointed to the door. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Ivan Turgenev With timid curiosity Yefrem craned his neck from behind Naum and with difficulty made out the figure of Akim in the corner of the cellar. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

The two children were equally timid and artless, and equally infatuated with each other. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Arnold Bennett And the thing had come about! Only yesterday she had been a little girl entering George Cannon’s office with timid audacity to consult him. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

She sighed, and retraced her steps, and made timid inquiries, but could gain no clear information. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jack London Charles was for beaching for the night, but Liverpool held on, steering down Tagish by the sound of the surf on the shoals and by the occasional shore-fires that advertised wrecked or timid argonauts. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

D. H. Lawrence He was rather timid before her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy The gentle rather timid expression on Lady Cherrell’s face changed to a startled concern. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

George Meredith Her face was calmly set, wakeful, but unwrinkled: the creature did not count among timid girls—or among civilized. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Meredith Her timid inability to join with him for instant action reminded him that he carried many weights: a bad name among her people and class, and chains in private. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Finding none she admired more keenly than before, but became also more timid on the other’s account, so that she could fancy the blood sliding down the fair skin which the beak actually touched. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Mrs Villiers was not, by any means, a timid woman, so she determined to ask Gaston right out, and get a decided answer from him, so as to set her mind at rest. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

E. Phillips Oppenheim One man, the most daring of them, ventured upon a timid question as she stepped down the gangway. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

From going-down of the sun I have dreamed That women laughing, or timid or wild, In rustle of lace or silken stuff, Climbed up my creaking stair. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Thomas Hardy During the darkest weeks of winter several timid persons were seriously frightened by the object answering to this cheerful description, and the police began to look into the matter. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]