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They stood fixed, their baffled hearts looking out of their eyes with a joylessness pitiful to see.
I have heard many noises since, but nothing that gave me such an intimate impression of the savage instincts hidden in the breast of mankind; these yells of festivity suggested agonizing fear, rage of murder, ferocity of lust, and the irremediable joylessness of human condition: yet they were emitted by people who were convinced that they were amusing themselves supremely, traditionally, with the sanction of ages, with the approval of their conscience - and no mistake about it whatever
The sentiments of disaffection, joylessness and injustice that plague the narrative become attenuated in a poignant concluding scene of female bonding that sees the friends respond jointly to the call of Felix's family for public assistance in locating witnesses to the crime.
That's the message of Ralitza Petrova's debut feature "Godless," a film that goes to great lengths to rub the viewer's face in the joylessness of life in a post-Communist world where nothing has changed.
Brown also shared cautionary tales about the effects of lack of play in the lives of children, citing research that demonstrated an absence of empathy, increase in depression and interpersonal conflict leading to joylessness, workaholism and addiction in adults deprived of play in their youth.
Third, they have also offered evidence of the beginnings of a self-consciousness about the ultimate joylessness of this form of embodiment, which points to weaknesses in the hegemony of neoliberalism that could potentially be the focus of resistance.
has been vociferous in his disdain for the new secular joylessness of Christmas" Dame Joan Collins.
has been vociferous in his disdain for the new secular joylessness of Christmas" Dame Joan Collins "Dame Helen Mirren may be one of our greatest actresses but she is still trapped in her teens if she thinks using the F-word when accepting an accolade is remotely appropriate - cringe-making" Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe
has been vociferous in his disdain for the new secular joylessness of Christmas" Actress Dame Joan Collins "In 15 years of going around the country house-hunting I have observed that the further north you go from London the cleaner the homes are" TV's Kirstie Allsopp "Dame Helen Mirren may be one of our greatest actresses but she is still trapped in her teens if she thinks using the F-word when accepting an accolade (or posing with her tongue hanging out while making a V-sign) is remotely appropriate - cringe-making" Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe "Actors can be pompous and we can over-estimate our importance" Martin Freeman, who plays Dr Watson in TV's Sherlock
It is for this that I grieve, and because nothing is fixed, but all things are in a manner stirred up into porridge, and joy and joylessness, wisdom and unwisdom, great and small are all but the same, circling about, up and down, and interchanging in the game of Eternity.
The seductive powers of chemically induced euphoria are well balanced with stark portrayals of the pain and joylessness of comedowns.