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You'd hear of odd things if I lived alone with that mawkish, waxen face: the most ordinary would be painting on its white the colours of the rainbow, and turning the blue eyes black, every day or two: they detestably resemble Linton's.
I am not saying this now from any mawkish kind of remorse.
He was astonished at its religious tone, which seemed to him neither mawkish nor sentimental.
The poems were not great, some of them indeed were nothing less than mawkish, but perhaps they did not deserve the slashing review which appeared in the Edinburgh Review.
Similarly his pathos is often exaggerated until it passes into mawkish sentimentality, so that his humbly-bred heroines, for example, are made to act and talk with all the poise and certainty which can really spring only from wide experience and broad education.
There was no stile or gap at hand by which I could escape into the fields, so I walked quietly on, saying to myself, 'It may not be he after all; and if it is, and if he do annoy me, it shall be for the last time, I am determined, if there be power in words and looks against cool impudence and mawkish sentimentality so inexhaustible as his.
At Heidelberg I met a fat veterinary surgeon whose voice broke with sobs as he repeated some mawkish poetry.
and one and another successively having buried their blond whiskers in the mawkish draught, curled them and swaggered off into the fair.
It would have been good-natured except for a look in the eyes, which shone with a watery, mawkish light under almost white, blinking eyelashes.
It's a movie both mawkish and whimsical but, boy oh boy, does it deliver in the last 40 minutes or so.
Cronyn's a genuinely contradictory presence in a role he refuses to make mawkish.
There they realise they may have something in common as their children bond in the most mawkish fashion.