He hid himself, and worked always to astonish, which is an egotism, and therefore little.
The Brits must use "astonish" differently than do Yanks.
He was far more inspired by avant-garde photographers such as Harper's Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch -- who instructed his students to "astonish" him -- not to mention the free-form improvisations of abstract expressionist painters, new American jazz and the Beat poets, all commingling in New York at the time.
When heaven's vast orb first strikes th 'astonish'd sight.
_Zadig_, tho 'astonish'd to the last Degree, attended him to their last Stage, which was to the Cottage of a very virtuous and well-dispos'd Widow, who had a Nephew of about fourteen Years of