recoil


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After reading one or two of the more coherent passages Henry recoiled from the ever-darkening horror of the story.
She still believed that the late Lord Montbarry had sent her the thousand-pound note, and still recoiled from making use of a present which she persisted in declaring had
But perhaps she would recoil from a plot to take the life of Sikes, and that was one of the chief ends to be attained.
Barbicane returned to his lodging; but instead of snatching a few hours of repose, he passed the night in endeavoring to discover a means of evading the recoil of the projectile, and resolving the difficult problem proposed by Michel Ardan during the discussion at the meeting.
Countless men have glimpsed that other and truer order of truth and recoiled from it.
And then my mind made its first earnest effort to comprehend what had been infused into it concerning heaven and hell; and for the first time it recoiled, baffled; and for the first time glancing behind, on each side, and before it, it saw all round an unfathomed gulf: it felt the one point where it stood--the present; all the rest was formless cloud and vacant depth; and it shuddered at the thought of tottering, and plunging amid that chaos.
In vain he said to himself that, if permitted, it would be a divine visitation, a chastisement, a preparation; he recoiled from the imagined burning; and he judged that it must be more for the Divine glory that he should escape dishonor.
Hannibal recoiled with a flash of snarl and flashed back a second sweeping stroke of his mighty paw.
She had felt unwilling to mention her suspicions to Miss Garth, until those suspicions had been confirmed -- and she now recoiled, with even greater reluctance, from allowing her daughters to be in any way alarmed about her.
The man he addressed recoiled with terror, and only answered the few words of the Musketeer by pointing.
Dantes recoiled from the idea of so infamous a death, and passed suddenly from despair to an ardent desire for life and liberty.
The thumb grip reduces recoil on a good scale, but not as good as the vertical grip.