His blue handkerchief was spread over his knees, as was usual indoors, when it was not hanging over his head; and he sat watching what went forward with the quiet OUTWARD glance of healthy old age, which, disengaged from any interest in an inward drama, spies out pins upon the floor, follows one's minutest motions with an unexpectant
purposeless tenacity, watches the flickering of the flame or the sun-gleams on the wall, counts the quarries on the floor, watches even the hand of the clock, and pleases itself with detecting a rhythm in the tick.
Moss, who, when he married Miss Tulliver, had been regarded as the buck of Basset, now wore a beard nearly a week old, and had the depressed, unexpectant
air of a machine-horse.
Above all things, they do so with an unexpectant
heart and a position of gratitude.
(55) EBB liked the thought of "flashing out from" or "flying" through a periodical as means to serendipitous encounters with unexpectant
Where the excerpt from Lorna Doone appears unbearably glib, this seems unbearably soulful and portentous, and in the pathos of its emphasis on the "unexpectant
" wife, the passage skirts perilously close to cliche (note the "blue mist, like memory in the eyes of a neglected wife").
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