I answered in a few words, but in the most submissive
manner, lifting up my left hand, and both my eyes to the sun, as calling him for a witness; and being almost famished with hunger, having not eaten a morsel for some hours before I left the ship, I found the demands of nature so strong upon me, that I could not forbear showing my impatience (perhaps against the strict rules of decency) by putting my finger frequently to my mouth, to signify that I wanted food.
This high-handed action, it hoped, would most quickly bring the little Bell group into a humble and submissive
frame of mind.
As he said to himself, "If, for my sins, or by my good fortune, I come across some giant hereabouts, a common occurrence with knights-errant, and overthrow him in one onslaught, or cleave him asunder to the waist, or, in short, vanquish and subdue him, will it not be well to have some one I may send him to as a present, that he may come in and fall on his knees before my sweet lady, and in a humble, submissive
voice say, 'I am the giant Caraculiambro, lord of the island of Malindrania, vanquished in single combat by the never sufficiently extolled knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, who has commanded me to present myself before your Grace, that your Highness dispose of me at your pleasure'?
Athanase listened to his mother with a surprised but submissive
air; then he rose, took his cap, and went off to the mayor's office, saying to himself, "Can my mother suspect my secret?
I did not even touch your hand, and you pardoned me on seeing me so submissive
and so repentant.
However, this time, my tranquillity, or passiveness as philosophers say, proceeded from another source; it proceeded from a wish, like a submissive
and devoted daughter" (a slight smile was observable on the purple lips of the young girl), "to practice obedience.
If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive
; and, unless submissive
, then will be practically useless.
What my lot may have in store I know not, but I am submissive
to the will of God.
On the contrary, he beheld a few venerable silverhaired priests coming humbly forward to meet him, followed by a throng of weeping, but submissive
No men are more submissive
to their leaders and employers, more capable of enduring hardship, or more good-humored under privations.
The archdeacon had in Quasimodo the most submissive
slave, the most docile lackey, the most vigilant of dogs.
However, if you command it, Your Majesty," said Kutuzov, lifting his head and again assuming his former tone of a dull, unreasoning, but submissive