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  • His collected essays and reviews on New Zealand literature and society were published in "Fretful Sleepers and Other Essays" in 1974. A well-reviewed[2] biography, entitled "No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson" by academic Paul Millar,. — “Bill Pearson (New Zealand writer) - Wikipedia, the free”,
  • One of its major roles, Sir Fretful Plagiary, is a comment on the vanity of authors, and in particular a caricature of the dramatist Richard Cumberland. author, Mr Puff, invites Sir Fretful Plagiary and the theatre critics. — “The Critic (play) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,
  • He plays mostly acoustic string instruments like the mandolin, acoustic guitar, and fiddle. In addition to recording five studio Side Project - The Fretful Porcupine. 2010 - Cellar Sessions EP [edit]. — “Jake Armerding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,


  • "What a trying world it is!" said Jo, rumpling up her hair in a fretful way. "No sooner do we get out of one trouble than down comes another. There doesn't seem to be anything to hold on to when Mother's gone, so I'm all at sea." — “Little Women” by Louisa M. Alcott
  • I DOZED but fitfully, with a fretful sense of sore elbows and neck and many a draughty hiatus among the blankets. — “The Riddle of the Sands” by Erskine Childers
  • 'If you could look into my mind you'd find that it would. I'm full of fretful anger against him for half-a-dozen little frivolous things. Didn't he throw his cigar on the path? Didn't he lie in bed on Sunday instead of going to church?' — “The Way We Live Now” by Anthony Trollope
  • Contending with the fretful elements; Bids the wind blow the earth into the sea, Or swell the curled waters 'bove the main, That things might change or cease; tears his white hair, Which the impetuous blasts, with eyeless rage, Catch in their fury and make nothing of; Strives in his little world of man to outscorn The to-and-fro-conflicting wind and rain. — “King Lear” by William Shakespeare
  • My uncle Toby's eloquence brought tears into his eyes;–'twas unexpected:–My uncle Toby, by nature was not eloquent;–it had the greater effect:–The surgeon was confounded;–not that there wanted grounds for such, or greater marks of impatience,–but 'twas unexpected too; in the four years he had attended him, he had never seen any thing like it in my uncle Toby's carriage; he had never once dropped one fretful or discontented word;–he had been all patience,–all submission. — “Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne
  • If she were now walking across the frosty grass near the sheep-shelter, through the fretful bleating of the ewes and lambs, she would bring him completeness and perfection. — “The Rainbow” by D. H. Lawrence


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