A Extremely gloomy B Fatal C Humiliating who am I?
At this point, a comment made earlier on in this study can be clarified--specifically, that the Viejo's verbal assault upon the second Amigo in Act 1 on the matter of Time's mortiferous
arrow (238-40) is only apparently (and not actually) "gleefully sadistic." That is, seen from the perspective just suggested, his words are--rather--an affirmation of self.
Again, in keeping with Baudelaire's indifferent, mortiferous
beauty, "[e]lle compte des deuils divers dans ses souvenirs" (110).
The cause was originally thought to be static electricity or the smoke that billowed from railroad locomotives or the mortiferous
vapours rising from underground volcanoes.
From then on, fluids appear increasingly throughout the rest of the film--from alcohol, which divides men, to torrential rain in the India sequences, to the fever--to culminate in a bowl of poison from which Alexander drinks and in which he sees the mortiferous
face of his mother as Medusa.
In low burlesque style, Cervantes satirizes his own poetics of empire by portraying the mock epic battle on Parnassus in rhetorical terms that infuse with racial and ethnic overtones the seemingly perennial epic battle between radically opposed aesthetic ideals (the deceptively simple and well-delineated dichotomy between bad and good poets), which may well be compared to the not any less contentious and mortiferous
battle between religions (Christianity and Islam) and civilizations (Europe and the Muslim world, embodied by the Ottoman empire).
at the presence of so tedious, vexatious, virulent and mortiferous
a sociate" (Aimatiasis, 23; 21).