How do we use 'thus' in a sentence like this?

As the man began to thus disturb him, he turned away.
As the man began to disturb him thus, he turned away.

I am using 'thus' to mean 'in this manner.' Where in the sentence is it correct?

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'Thus' here sounds rather stilted, but both positions are OK for the adverb. It could also immediately follow 'began'.
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Is it really possible to use thus in this way?
Yes, he just explained how.
What manner is this? Surely the antecedent of this would need to be mentioned.
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