The Sphinx has one hundred and fifty qualifications for impassiveness
which you lack."
Addressing her composed face, whose intelligence, however, is too quick and active to be concealed by any studied impassiveness
, however habitual, to the strong Saxon face of the visitor, a picture of resolution and perseverance, my Lady listens with attention, occasionally slightly bending her head.
I told him exactly what had happened and he listened with seeming impassiveness
, but his nostrils twitched and his eyes blazed as I told how the ruthless hands of the Count had held his wife in that terrible and horrid position, with her mouth to the open wound in his breast.
This caused so rapid and complete a diversion from the attack that D'Artagnan's adversary, while the latter turned round to face this shower of blows, sheathed his sword with the same precision, and instead of an actor, which he had nearly been, became a spectator of the fight--a part in which he acquitted himself with his usual impassiveness
, muttering, nevertheless, "A plague upon these Gascons!
No one had yet observed in the gallery of the statues of the kings, carved directly above the arches of the portal, a strange spectator, who had, up to that time, observed everything with such impassiveness
, with a neck so strained, a visage so hideous that, in his motley accoutrement of red and violet, he might have been taken for one of those stone monsters through whose mouths the long gutters of the cathedral have discharged their waters for six hundred years.
Paul standing in it, with his usual pallid impassiveness
Perhaps her face was rigidly set--but that marmoreal impassiveness
, that magnificent stolidity, as of a wonderful statue by some great sculptor working under the curse of the gods; that imposing, unthinking stillness of her features, had till then mirrored for him the tranquil dignity of a soul of which he had thought himself--as a matter of course--the inexpugnable possessor.
And he was aware of this impassiveness
concealing a lucid astonishment.
(Watten 1991b, 39) Indeed, Watten encourages readers to resist impassiveness
. For him, writing implies holding an ideological position, as inevitably occurs within literary activity.
During that session, it became clear that many senior people were using impassiveness
too distance themselves from the heat of the immediate issue.
A significant amount of abuse stems from the characters' impassiveness
, and it is this aspect of the novel that some readers, such as myself, may find hard to stomach; however, this unpleasant feature of the novel extends a lack of empathy into the relationship between the reader and the protagonist, as Johnny's treatment of others makes it hard to care about him.
Houellebecq repudiates the notion of the body politic as a relevant historical category and examines its disintegration or immoderate transfiguration with sarcastic impassiveness
. The institutions of liberal democratic politics are insipid and unimportant, decrepit residues of an unsuccessful modern experiment.