be startled

See: fear
References in classic literature ?
That she should be startled at me instead of at the other man, was too many for me; I couldn't make head or tail of it .
The answer, you may be startled to learn, is the second one, ergonomics.
Those who remember Mackintosh as the anarchic punk rocker in The Buddha of Suburbia and the vicious drug lord of Prime Suspect 5 will be startled by his convincing performance as Kim; and, in a far cry from his stylized Merchant-Ivory days (A Room With a View, Maurice), Graves is electric as the volatile Paul.