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  • Hale needs a wife before he can offer himself to said service, so he timorously proposes to young Jerusha Bromley (Julie Andrews). Jerusha is actually in love with adventurous sea captain Rafer Hoxworth (the late Richard Harris), whom she has neither seen nor heard from in over three years. — “Reverend Abner Hale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,
  • Yet even then he proceeded so slowly and timorously, performing religious ceremonies in Rostov and paying homage to ancestral graves in Suzdal, that it took him several months to reach the Trinity, whose authorities ineffectually besought to accelerate the progress of his forces. — “Dmitry Pozharsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,
  • It won the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Lewis but he refused to accept it. The seekers for prizes tend to labor not for inherent excellence but for alien rewards; they tend to write this, or timorously to avoid writing that, in order to tickle the prejudices of a haphazard committee. — “Arrowsmith (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,


  • The sound of his caressing words produced their effect. Her fear vanished, although she still looked at him with dismay, evidently trying to understand something. She held out her hands timorously also. At last a shy smile rose to her lips. — “The Possessed” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • When my upper vest was taken off, they were apparently struck with the splendour of my clothes, and one of them timorously laid her hand upon the embroidery. — “Rasselas” by Samuel Johnson
  • "Scissors" is there as usual. I inquire timorously for the editor. No answer. The man sits and probes for minor items of news amongst the provincial papers. — “Hunger” by Knut Hamsun
  • As soon as the Goddess is pacified, {Io} receives her former shape, and she becomes what she was before; the hairs flee from off of her body, her horns decrease, and the orb of her eye becomes less; the opening of her jaw is contracted; her shoulders and her hands return, and her hoof, vanishing, is disposed of into five nails; nothing of the cow remains to her, but the whiteness of her appearance; and the Nymph, contented with the service of two feet, is raised erect {on them}; and {yet} she is afraid to speak, lest she should low like a cow, and timorously tries again the words {so long} interrupted. — “Metamorphoses” by Ovid


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