Deidre didn't move, afraid of provoking him.
Apparently he was set on provoking a refusal, and thus getting an excuse for seizing the person of the king.
About this period he was charged with the defence of a member of the national guard of Brives, which was accused of provoking disorders in the department of La Correze.
His famous description of Greek fire has a most provoking mixture of circumstantial detail with absence of verifying particulars.
Unfortunately for him, however, the eldest of them, Tostig, proi~ed the greatest hindrance to his plans, provoking wrath and opposition wherever he went by his highhandedness and cruelty.
Deidre suspected the result of provoking either man was death to someone.
Wholly unaware of the strength of the forces which he was provoking, the duke, at the opening of the parliament which met after the death of George IV., declared against any parliamentary reform whatever.
Twice, indeed, during that period the chancellor ran the risk of provoking war.
On the other hand, many of his ideas have passed into the common literary stock, and have been more precisely elaborated by later writers on sociology and history; and though his own work is now somewhat neglected, its influence was immensely valuable in provoking further research and speculation.
To the situation defined by concordat, however, succeeds another situation, more or less uncertain and more or less strained, in which the two powers legislate separately on mixed matters, sometimes not without provoking conflicts.
The Romans profited by this inaction to push on the siegeworks, without provoking resistance by actual assaults until the very end.
The submission to censorship which this entailed was sufficiently inconsistent and she wrote to the emperor one of the unfortunate letters, at once undignified and provoking, of which she had the secret.
In July of that year Samuel de Champlain discovered the lake which bears his name and on its shores led his Algonquian Indian allies against the Iroquois, thus provoking against his countrymen the hostility of a people who for years were to hold the balance of power between the English and the French in America.
The Dalai Lama, inspired by Dorjiev, now took steps to bring on a crisis by provoking England.
Here as elsewhere in his dominions his intentions were excellent, but his reforming zeal outran discretion, and his hasty and self-opinionated interferences with treaty rights and traditional privileges ended in provoking opposition and disaster.
Lastly, the conscience of King William, though since the acquisition of Lauenburg he had developed a taste for conquest, shrank from provoking war with a German power.
He is not the only man whom absorption in work and infirmity of temper have made into a provoking husband, though few wives have had Mrs Carlyle's capacity for expressing the sense of injustice.
To satisfy the anti-colonial party he ceded Kassala to Great Britain, provoking thereby much indignation in Italy.
A few days later he was proceeding toward the Oregon border when new instructions from Washington caused him to retrace his steps and, perhaps, to consider plans for provoking war.
The presentation of this ultimatum, which was accompanied by the despatch of troops to Canada, was very nearly provoking war with the United States.
By provoking England, France, Holland and the Empire at once it brought a flood of disaster on Spain for which Alberoni was held responsible.
I pointed this out to everybody with provoking persistency, but no one seemed equal to the task of providing the doll with eyes.
The losses which they sustained by land roused the Byzantines to indemnify themselves on the vessels which still crowded the harbour, and the merchantmen which cleared the straits; but this had the effect of provoking a war with the neighbouring naval powers.
A controversy on the boundary of Canada and the United States was provoking increasing bitterness on both sides of the Atlantic. The intervention of Lord Palmerston in Syria, which resulted in a great military success at Acre, was embittering the relations between France and England, while the unfortunate expedition to Afghanistan, which the Whigs had approved, was already producing embarrassment, and was about to result in disaster.
In 1768 he was recalled, ostensibly because of a mesalliance with Mme Testa, widow of a Pera surgeon, but really because Choiseul thought him not zealous enough in provoking a quarrel between Russia and Turkey.