Clarence and Sophia were so surprised… Well, there are also other, more elegant, options to make your readers feel what you write.
|The snake looked down. The boy jumped from the shelf.||Jump|
|“You cannot inherit this estate, Madame,” The lawyer said. The Dutchess stared at him with her mouth opened.||Open mouth|
|She froze as the message beeped.||Freeze|
|He tried to shake off the spider with a scream.||Scream|
|“This can’t be!” Veronica gasped for breath.||Gasp for breath|
|Grandmother put her hand on her chest and shook her head as the thieves ran away.||Put hand on chest|
|“And you did this all by yourself?” His eyes opened wide as he stared at the project.||Open eyes wide|
|She stood there speechless as the grades of her son shone red on the paper.||Be speechless|
|Mum entered. The children stood up from the half-finished present.||Stand up|
|“And the profit rose despite our estimations,” the clerk said.|
“Really?” The manager raised his eyebrow.
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