It was like dragging a hideous shape of death into the cleanly and cheerful space before a household fire, where it would present all the uglier aspect, amid the decorousness
of everything about it.
Facebook's interface comes with decorousness
markers in the form of visible and trackable tools for evaluating statements through liking and sharing.
Woolf was speaking inappropriately when she wrote against the grain of the prevailing decorousness
; she suffered from sour grapes, on behalf of her gender and her craft.
Blunt, who plays half her scenes looking like she's holding back tears (or screams), is a luminous actress who has been in need of a role that allows her to get past her slight decorousness
, and this is it.
On the whole, "Call and Response"--which notably featured only one monochrome, Matt Connors's flamboyantly neon LARGE REAL BOTTOM [pink and black], 2015--came off as a base, even "underground," riposte to the OCD decorousness
of what we call "Zombie Formalism."
of the professional journalist's meticulously
For all its seeming decorousness
, Moore's Octopus holds immense power in restraint, a power that is released at the poem's end in an avalanche, "with a sound like a crack of a rifle, / in a curtain of powdered snow launched like a waterfall" (Complete 75-76).This explosion at once does and doesn't come as a surprise, since in the preceding two-hundred-plus lines we have seen ample evidence of the octopus-poet's reach as she moves, in John Ashbery's words, "among excerpts from Ruskin, the Illustrated London News, the London Graphic, The National Parks Portfolio and a remark overheard at the circus, switching landscapes, language and levels with breathtaking abruptness, rising from botanical note-taking to pinpoint emblems of supernatural clarity that could be out of Shelley" (111).
A comparable desire to avoid Merchant Ivory decorousness
motivated the steampunk allusions in Jekyll & Hyde.
Endless elaborations are delivered with a decorousness
With their ancient values of family honour, masculine courage and unflinching decorousness
of behaviour, they were just as elemental as the physical landscape they inhabited.
There is no decorousness
in Yiddish, nor much romance.