Usage examples for fitful

  1. Supporting her- for the ship, reaching the open sea, had begun to roll more wildly- he led her back into the little room now lighted by the fitful rays of a swinging lamp. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  2. Her fitful whining brought Lem from his hiding place. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  3. It was only in fitful anger- half sport, half serious. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  4. " The sleep of Death" is a very natural expression to use as one looks on the calm, peaceful face after life's fitful fever and the long pain and sickness of the death- bed. – The Gospel of the Hereafter by J. Paterson-Smyth
  5. At times, too, she was fitful, and was not to be drawn out. – The Translation of a Savage, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  6. But it was rather a silent, subdued party that gathered about the table; the conversation was fitful and broken by long pauses, and the jokes were rather forced and feeble; while Molly's red eyes and Florence's white cheeks showed that something was wrong. – Half a Dozen Girls by Anna Chapin Ray
  7. A single lantern cast a fitful glare over the two, around whom crowded the passengers and train hands. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  8. I hope he slept better than I did, for my own night was a series of fitful, restless tossings. – The Diary of Philip Westerly by Paul Compton
  9. During the earlier years therefore of William V's stadholderate he consulted Brunswick in every matter, and was thus encouraged to distrust his own judgment and to be fitful and desultory in his attention to affairs of State. – History of Holland by George Edmundson
  10. In a few minutes he is on his way to Dean Street again, and whispering by the fitful firelight in the ear of the clinging sweetheart. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  11. Not even its former fitful glow proclaimed his presence upon the porch, whose black shadows completely enveloped him. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  12. His efforts are bound to be fitful and his work uneven in quality. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  13. David watched her as she moved about the dark cabin, lighted only by the fitful flames of the fireplace, to perform those gracious, homely tasks, and would have helped her, but he could not. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  14. And unless a man keep his head cool, and his faculties undissipated, he need not expect that his efforts can ever be other than half efforts, or other than of a desultory, fitful, non- productive kind. – Leading Articles on Various Subjects by Hugh Miller
  15. They sat with their backs toward the long, low shed, and, because the fire had sunk, the light was dim and fitful. – The League of the Leopard by Harold Bindloss
  16. Until with the chill before the dawn she fell at last into a fitful sleep; and Mary, creeping to the close- curtained windows to cool her weary eyes, peeped out and saw the grey of the morning. – Chippinge Borough by Stanley J. Weyman