The pettishness that might be caressed into fondness, had yielded to a listless apathy; there was less of the peevish temper of a child which frets and teases on purpose to be soothed, and more of the self-absorbed
moroseness of a confirmed invalid, repelling consolation, and ready to regard the good-humoured mirth of others as an insult.
Edna looked straight before her with a self-absorbed
expression upon her face.
Was she self-absorbed
? He tried to fit her with each of these descriptions, but he had to own that she puzzled him.
Silent and self-absorbed
, she went through the daily routine of her duties enduringly.
She was alive to anything that gave her an opportunity for active sympathy, and at this moment it seemed as if the visit had come to shake her out of her self-absorbed
discontent--to remind her of her husband's goodness, and make her feel that she had now the right to be his helpmate in all kind deeds.
She did not miss her at all, in fact, and as she was a self-absorbed
child she gave her entire thought to herself, as she had always done.
She came in and ordered her breakfast quietly, looking dull and worn and self-absorbed
, as she had looked when he last saw her.
He looked at them sitting silent and self-absorbed
, and the sight annoyed him.
To her the atoms of life were magnified by an optic peculiar to persons who are selfish by nature or self-absorbed
by some accident.
The drama that was going on was almost as familiar as the scene, nevertheless habit had not made him indifferent to it, and even in his present self-absorbed
mood, Adam felt a momentary stirring of the old fellow-feeling, as he looked at the rough men painfully holding pen or pencil with their cramped hands, or humbly labouring through their reading lesson.
When the grandeur and beauty of the world challenged him-- as it challenges even the most self-absorbed
people-- he always answered with her name.
M'Leod got it, and I was butler, amid murmured apologies from Baxter, still smiling and self-absorbed
, and the cold disapproval of Miss Mary, who thought the pattern of the china vulgar.