How grievous then was the thought that, of a situation so desirable in every respect, so replete with advantage, so promising for happiness, Jane had been deprived, by the folly and indecorum
of her own family!
There is no indecorum
in the proposal's coming from the parent of either side.
Far from us be the indecorum
of assisting, even in imagination, at a maiden lady's toilet
Allen whether it would not be both proper and kind in her to write to Miss Thorpe, and explain the indecorum
of which she must be as insensible as herself; for she considered that Isabella might otherwise perhaps be going to Clifton the next day, in spite of what had passed.
She snatched up an empty plate from the table, to represent a sheet of music, held it before her in the established concert-room position, and produced an imitation of the unfortunate singer's grimaces and courtesyings, so accur a tely and quaintly true to the original, that her father roared with laughter; and even the footman (who came in at that moment with the post-bag) rushed out of the room again, and committed the indecorum
of echoing his master audibly on the other side of the door.
This systemic level, Stoneman argues through a reading of Ranciere's "implicit theory of indecorum
" (131), is where one finds political and potentially subversive aspects, elevating indecorum
"from a negative constraint on rhetorical performance to a political standard marked by dissensus, appearance, and the assumption of equality" (131).
Yet, for advocating the bill, "he was denounced as an enemy of his country, & was treated with the grossest indecorum
24) The stranger's "countenance," he notes, "had an indecorum
in it, a kind of rudeness, a hard, coarse, forth-putting freedom of expression, which no degree of polish could have abated, one single jot.
Decorum est ipsum bonum medii generis, & indecorum
malum medii generis, scilicet bonum imperfectum & malum imperfectum.
Just as Siddons was under pressure to defend her motives when deserting Bath for the London stage in 1782, the widowed Yates could similarly be accused of indecorum
when she acted in London in 1797.
I am well aware that many will accuse me of indecorum
for presenting these pages to the public; for the experiences of this intelligent and much-injured woman belong to class which some call delicate subjects, and others indelicate.
78r/ carry in themselves an indecorum
and undecency or turpitude are contrary to this Natural Law: Such are (j) immodesty, impudence, Obsenity of Language uncleannes vagus et illicitus concubitus obsceni ponderis propalam (k) et publice depositu, pudendorum develatio [irregular and unlawful sexual intercourse, bringing forth openly and publicly what is of obscene consequence, the uncovering of private parts], Lying, ridiculous and discompos'd gestures: Those seem to be contra decorum et dignitatem humanae naturae [contrary to the decency and dignity of human nature].