Down he sank in a chair--ran his hands through his hair-- And chanted in mimsiest tones Words whose utter inanity
proved his insanity, While he rattled a couple of bones.
All this with a sustained, holding stare which, in conjunction with the general inanity of the discourse, conveyed the impression of mild, dreary lunacy.
This bit of self-praise, of course, fitted excel- lently the laborious inanity of the whole conversa- tion.
The book is written throughout on the verge of realism, with divinations and conjectures across its border, and with lapses into the fool's paradise of romanticism, and an apparent content with its inanity
Do we not wile away moments of inanity
or fatigued waiting by repeating some trivial movement or sound, until the repetition has bred a want, which is incipient habit?
One of the village women, whose white wild face I remembered the picture of terror when we pulled down the beam, was giggling with another woman, the picture of inanity
, over an old washing-tub.
Strange as it always is to consider any assembly in the act of submissively resigning itself to the dreariness of some complacent person, lord or commoner, whom three-fourths of it could, by no human means, raise out of the slough of inanity
to their own intellectual level, it was particularly strange, and it was even particularly affecting, to see this crowd of earnest faces, whose honesty in the main no competent observer free from bias could doubt, so agitated by such a leader.
Because he sang it, she liked its inanity
and monotonousness; and most of all, it seemed to her, she loved his hopeless and adorable flatting of every note.
that would account for the utter inanity
and wrong-headedness of the thing.
We have the inanity
of Brexiters being screamed at in the streets and labelled right wing extremists.
Yet, who cares about the inanity
of this whole thing?
Rowling deftly circumnavigates all of the tropes and constructs that have long since relegated the male-author-dominated thriller genre to a place of ridicule and sheer inanity
. It elevates the form from a place of predictable stodginess.