The word coming so close upon the sensation of cold water rushing over her hand seemed to startle her.
The changes in his mate were new enough to startle him sometimes, but she was without a doubt his mate.
From the twenty-sixth of August to the second of September, that is from the battle of Borodino to the entry of the French into Moscow, during the whole of that agitating, memorable week, there had been the extraordinary autumn weather that always comes as a surprise, when the sun hangs low and gives more heat than in spring, when everything shines so brightly in the rare clear atmosphere that the eyes smart, when the lungs are strengthened and refreshed by inhaling the aromatic autumn air, when even the nights are warm, and when in those dark warm nights, golden stars startle and delight us continually by falling from the sky.
Selyn wrenched the door open fast enough to startle Deidre.
How we controlled ourselves sufficiently as not to gasp and startle Howie awake, I don't know.
The very first verses in the book startle the reader by their exaggerations, e.g.
Either amongst those Jews who looked to the coming of a Messiah or, Such a view on the part of men who knew Arabic infinitely better than the most accomplished European Arabist will ever do, may well startle us.
This conclusion may startle us with our generally received notions of the whole nation as exiled.
It was not only to startle and impress the world that he paraded his eccentricities of splendour.
Like Jean Hardouin he got to believe that a great deal of what is called classical literature was compiled by anonymous authors at a much later date, and he used frequently to startle his colleagues, the Gustavian academicians, by his audacious paradoxes.