From a letter of my great-grandmother's written to a stubborn daughter upon some unfilial
behavior, like running away to be married, I suspect that she was fond of the high-colored fiction of her day, for she tells the wilful child that she has "planted a dagger in her mother's heart," and I should not be surprised if it were from this fine-languaged lady that my grandfather derived his taste for poetry rather than from his father, who was of a worldly wiser mind.
said poor Joe; adding under his breath, with a very unfilial
apostrophe, 'Will he never think me man enough to take care of myself
A joke so foolish and unfilial
wasn't worth explaining.
That he should have begun his memoir with "the joys of the wedding chamber" bespeaks the importance he attached to the life of the heart in defiance of orthodox opprobrium of conjugal intimacy as unfilial
egoisme a deux.
Yet Kit cites his reason for being unfilial
as not exceeding expectations:
In this case, it is the university that initiates, if not indoctrinates, the narrator into Marxist sympathies: "I was by this time attending the university and had been conditioned to look at Marxism with a most unfilial
impartiality and so the reports of Uncle Melech's progress in the Communist Party not only failed to disturb me but filled me with a secret pride.
Like father like son (but unlike tame Ferando), Aurelius replies with a hollow promise of his own--'To kill untamed monsters with my sword, / To travel daily in the hottest sun, / And watch in winter when the nights be cold'--to atone for his unfilial
The actions that her poor father and many readers consider so unfilial
, so duplicitous, so outright evil lead to--at least from a nominally Christian perspective--a "worthy" conclusion (Marquez Villanueva, Personajes 99-102, Moros 105-27).
For example, there are three types of unfilial
conduct, the worst of which is to have no children (and, hence, no descendents).
Furthermore, pigs are immoral in their mating behavior; they can have intercourse with their mothers, whereas the sheep never show such unfilial
John Thorpe's unlovely appearance, choice of companions, unfilial
attitudes, voyeuristic behavior, careless driving, passion for hunting and racing, heavy drinking, financial recklessness, and obvious greed prove him just such a vulgarian as the Prince of Wales.
points out that the adjective Saturnius "reminds us ironically of Jupiter's unfilial
treatment of his father.