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  • Gordon was in two minds whether to accept their surly permission to stay for the night, but the lameness of his horse decided him. Cited from The Yukon Trail, by William MacLeod Raine
  • Large flocks of sheep and goats were being driven in and out of the place, but their surly shepherds would give no milk, even in exchange for bread and meat. Cited from Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah 1, R Burton
  • The only piece of advice that was given to them by their surly jailer was that they should not on any pretense whatsoever cross the island to the bay in which the schooner lay at anchor. Cited from Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader, by R. M. Ballantyne
  • The waves ceased to break in their former foaming and brilliant crests, and black masses of the water lifted their surly summits against the eastern horizon, no longer shedding their own peculiar and lucid atmosphere around them. Cited from Great Sea Stories, by Various
  • And on a luckless day it thus befell-- About their surly jailer's wonted hour To bring them food, he enter'd not their cell, But bolted fast their prison's outer door. Cited from The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12, Issue 332
  • Yet Brother Apollyon, if their surly Janitor, in his less kindly moments, spoke truly, himself greatly needed purification, being not only a thief, but a homicide in hiding from the law. Cited from Miscellaneous Studies, by Walter Pater
  • We find again that she outrages the public by the presence of decent and civil ushers, who neither insult the male spectators by their surly impudence, nor annoy the lady visitor by coloring her train with tobacco juice. Cited from Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 33, November 12, 1870, by Various
  • From the time that her own attendants were dismissed, the only person appointed to assist Clery in his duties were a man and woman named Tison, chosen for that task on account of their surly and brutal tempers, in which the wife exceeded her husband. Cited from The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, by Charles Duke Yonge
  • The only stipulation he made when I engaged him was that he should not be required to drive on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, and, when I hear people complaining about their surly, incapable coachmen, I consider it is a light price to pay. Cited from A Beautiful Possibility, by Edith Ferguson Black
  • Unkind speeches trouble as many; uncivil carriage or dogged answers, weak women above the rest, if they proceed from their surly husbands, are as bitter as gall, and not to be digested. Cited from The Anatomy of Melancholy, by Democritus Junior (Robert Burton)
  • The portraits of the old kings, with their surly faces, have impressed me very disagreeably, and it is in defiance of them that I say, I will one day have a wife -- a daughter of the Caesars -- who will think it an honor to bear a son to the modern Caesar! Cited from Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia, by L. Muhlbach
  • When Rameri returned to the princes' tent he threw himself on their necks in turn, and when he found himself alone with their surly old house- steward, he snatched his wig from his head, flung it in the air, and then coaxingly stroked the worthy officer's cheeks as he set it on his head again. Cited from Uarda, by Georg Ebers, v10
  • The waves had ceased to break in their former foaming and brilliant crests, but black masses of the water were seen lifting their surly summits against the eastern horizon, no longer relieved by their scintillating brightness, or shedding their own peculiar and lucid atmosphere around them. Cited from The Red Rover, by James Fenimore Cooper
  • One night, when the sun had crept to bed, And rain-clouds lingered overhead, And sent their surly drops for proof To drum a tune on the cottage roof, Close after a knock at the outer door There entered a dozen dragoons or more. Cited from Poems Teachers Ask For, by Various
  • At break of day I crossed the wooded vale; And while the morning made A trembling light among the tree-tops pale, I saw the sable birds on every limb, Clinging together closely in the shade, And croaking placidly their surly hymn. Cited from The Poems of Henry Van Dyke, by Henry Van Dyke
  • Four maned lions hale The sluggish wheels; solemn their toothed maws, Their surly eyes brow-hidden, heavy paws Uplifted drowsily, and nervy tails Covering their tawny brushes. Cited from The Poems and Fragments of Catullus, by Catullus