You permit your heart (little did I think it was such a froward one) to recoil.
The recoil, catching him in a bad posture, knocked him backward.
Shocked by the sound of my own name, I was ready to recoil abashed.
Doubtless the self-respect of the woman was in no way wounded by the master's recoil.
When events occur which disturb my life, I always have a movement of recoil.