If he was detected in this and the earth proved too heavy, he would be stifled, and then -- so much the better, all would be over.
At last, with a horrible splash, he darted like an arrow into the ice-cold water, and as he did so he uttered a shrill cry, stifled in a moment by his immersion beneath the waves.
And, with something of a pang, resolutely stifled
, I realised for a moment the true blessedness of the single state I was so soon to leave behind.
The conflict in his mind again began; anger and failure stifled him.
Throughout the night Aouda, full of sad forebodings, her heart stifled with anguish, wandered about on the verge of the plains.
Now, at the moment when the door had opened to admit the cardinal, the nine parts of self-esteem in Gringoire, swollen and expanded by the breath of popular admiration, were in a state of prodigious augmentation, beneath which disappeared, as though stifled, that imperceptible molecule of which we have just remarked upon in the constitution of poets; a precious ingredient, by the way, a ballast of reality and humanity, without which they would not touch the earth.
A deep silence settled over the assembly, accompanied by stifled laughter at the preposterous names and all the bourgeois designations which each of these personages transmitted with imperturbable gravity to the usher, who then tossed names and titles pell-mell and mutilated to the crowd below.
unclasping her cloak and throwing it off as if it stifled
Alec was basking in the warmth of the study fire, after his drive, when the sound of a stifled
sob made him hurry to the door and look anxiously into the hall.
He was not a great ruler, but an artist stifled
in ceremony and lost in statecraft.
We were talking about what it is like to spend one's childhood in little towns like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled
in vegetation, in the color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests; blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet-iron.
"O father, I'm like as if I was stifled
," said Eppie.