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Only suppose,' returned Bella, 'that poor Pa was to sit bolt upright in another corner.
But indeed I do not believe there ever was any human creature who could keep so bolt upright as Ma, 'or put such an amount of aggravation into one back
No," said Rachel, sitting bolt upright, "I shan't do that.
Now that she is here she remains for a time, and though she is in the arm-chair by the fire, where she sits bolt upright (she loved to have cushions on the unused chairs, but detested putting her back against them), and I am bent low over my desk, I know that contentment and pity are struggling for possession of her face: contentment wins when she surveys her room, pity when she looks at me.
Richard Vanderpole was sitting bolt upright, gazing steadily ahead.
If Lady Lydiard believes in my niece's innocence," said Miss Pink, suddenly sitting bolt upright in her chair, "why has my niece been compelled, in justice to herself, to leave Lady Lydiard's house?
WOur hero detective is so close to cracking the case that you'll spend most of this episode bolt upright on the edge of the sofa, hunched forwards, hands clasped over your mouth, willing him to lock up the abductor once and for all.
I looked across and saw that all room mates were awake - one was sat bolt upright clearly very scared.
Looking confused, Williams sits bolt upright in her bed in Blacon as PC Jane Davies reads her rights to her.
BOLT upright, looking dazed and confused, savage stun gun killer Sarah Williams is arrested in bed in a 3am raid.
Just as I'd forgotten before I booked a trip to the States how rubbish it can feel when you're sitting bolt upright at 4am in the morning wondering how you're going to get through another day at work on a couple of hours sleep, I had also forgotten how doubly rubbish you can feel after taking a sleep and calm elixir, as this one was described, that "won't leave you feeling groggy".
As the plants grow, tie the brittle stems on to thin canes with soft string to keep them bolt upright.