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so remarkably different or sudden as to cause momentary shock or alarm

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In the midst of this stillness it was rather startling when Colin half lifted his head and exclaimed in a loud suddenly alarmed whisper:
But it was here exactly that the promise of her face failed of performance in the most startling manner.
I hope your dreams have been pleasanter than that," I ventured at this moment to stammer, rising, a startling apparition, from my ambush behind a mound of brambles; and before she had time to take in the situation I added that I hoped she'd excuse my little pleasantry, and told her how I had noticed her and the wounded bicycle, et cetera, et cetera, as the reader can well imagine, without giving me the trouble of writing it all out.
Before they parted, Alan made a proposal that was startling in the extreme.
But, of all recognitions, the best is that which arises from the incidents themselves, where the startling discovery is made by natural means.
While the monarch and his friends listened in amazement to this impudent speech, a startling thing happened.
Inured to danger, she maintained her self-possession in the face of the startling surprise which her new-found consciousness revealed to her.
Struck in mid-air, a trifle of a flying machine, all its delicate gears tangled and disrupted, Cocky fell to the floor in a shower of white feathers, which, like snowflakes, eddied slowly down after, and after the plummet-like descent of the cat, so that some of them came to rest on her back, startling her tense nerves with their gentle impact and making her crouch closer while she shot a swift glance around and overhead for any danger that might threaten.
In action, they are wild and restless, like eyes suddenly wakened from startling dreams.
who had been left in charge at the lodgings) had some startling information to communicate, derived from the courier's wife.
The contrast between what I saw and heard now, and what I had seen and heard only a few minutes since, was so extraordinary and so startling that I almost doubted whether the veiled figure with the harp, and the dance of cats, were not the fantastic creations of a dream.
The report of a gun blasted the silence of a dead Devonport with startling abruptness.
That very night, the startling news so impatiently awaited, burst like a thunderbolt over the United States of the Union, and thence, darting across the ocean, ran through all the telegraphic wires of the globe.
From this startling discovery he had rushed to the conclusion
One thing about this face was very strange and startling.