It is not that Pierre Gringoire either feared or disdained
monsieur the cardinal.
Tell me, isn't it humiliating to think that a man has disdained
your love, that he hasn't cared for it?
A stubborn anger seized the crew; the sailors abused the monster, who, as before, disdained
to answer them; the captain no longer contented himself with twisting his beard--he gnawed it.
the appearance of noticing this civil reflection, but its meaning did not escape, nor was it likely to conciliate her.
But like Czar Peter content to toil in the shipyards of foreign cities, Queequeg disdained
no seeming ignominy, if thereby he might happily gain the power of enlightening his untutored countrymen.
His writing, depending on one's point of view, is either deliciously challenging or needlessly obfuscating; he disdained
popular culture, particularly popular music, while bothering to listen to very little of it, which is either the mark of an uncompromising maverick or a poor scholar; and he was either a cheerless snob who contemplated impossibly pure utopias and disdained
practicalities or a visionary who used theory to tame and reshape the world.