constraint I underwent, sitting in the same attitude hours upon hours, afraid to move an arm or a leg lest Miss Murdstone should complain (as she did on the least pretence) of my restlessness, and afraid to move an eye lest she should light on some look of dislike or scrutiny that would find new cause for complaint in mine
Thence more at ease thir minds and somwhat rais'd By false presumptuous hope, the ranged powers Disband, and wandring, each his several way Pursues, as inclination or sad choice Leads him perplext, where he may likeliest find Truce to his restless thoughts, and entertain The irksome
hours, till his great Chief return.
But the days of quiet which came on grew irksome
to Robin's adventurous spirit.
If the road over which you will still have to pass should in some places appear to you tedious or irksome
, you will recollect that you are in quest of information on a subject the most momentous which can engage the attention of a free people, that the field through which you have to travel is in itself spacious, and that the difficulties of the journey have been unnecessarily increased by the mazes with which sophistry has beset the way.
A little to his right rose the noisy activity of his troop of sun-tanned veterans, released for the time from the irksome
trammels of discipline, relaxing tired muscles, laughing, joking, and smoking as they, too, prepared to eat after a twelve-hour fast.
It must be a very irksome
office to be the father of a grown-up daughter; it seems to make one feverish, and to raise one's pulse to ninety beats a minute until the deed is done.
Collins, to be sure, was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome
, and his attachment to her must be imaginary.
The presence of my daughter and myself in France is already irksome
to him; much more so would be that of the king.
Grandfather here explained some of the circumstances that made the situation of a colonial governor so difficult and irksome
They were, in fact, quite irksome
in their attentions, and had a caressing manner at times quite importunate.
So they sat in silence till the bit of wax candle flickered low in the socket, the silence all the while becoming more irksome
From the first week of my residence in X I felt my occupation irksome
Why make the day irksome
to their restless natures?
Cutters, drawn by a single horse, and handsleds, impelled by the gentlemen on skates, would each in turn be used; and, in short, every source of relief against the tediousness of a winter in the mountains was resorted to by the family, Elizabeth was compelled to acknowledge to her father, that the season, with the aid of his library, was much less irksome
than she had anticipated.
He thought all these excursions a sheer loss of time, and was resolved to land at once, build a shelter for the reception of that part of his cargo destined for the use of the settlement, and, having cleared his ship of it and of his irksome
shipmates, to depart upon the prosecution of his coasting voyage, according to orders.