As I lay in bed this morning between sleeping and waking, an idea came riding on a sunbeam into my room,--a mad, whimsical idea, but one that suits my mood; and put briefly, it is this: how is it that I, a not unpresentable
young man, a man not without accomplishments or experience, should have gone all these years without finding that
She had counted upon an even dozen seating themselves at her round mahogany board, forgetting for the moment that Madame Ratignolle was to the last degree souffrante and unpresentable
, and not foreseeing that Madame Lebrun would send a thousand regrets at the last moment.
Mr Meagles regretted that the nature of the duties in which she was engaged, rendered Mrs Tickit unpresentable
at present, but hoped to introduce her to the new visitor to-morrow.
I could better eat with one who did not respect the truth or the laws than with a sloven and unpresentable
The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you,' nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable
parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require.
The first is patient hope; it is unpresentable
, secure trust, and courageous patience.
As the mode of the tentative and the liminal [...] meant to explore boundaries [...] or ceaselessly and failingly probe at the limits of representation and understanding, romance [...] presents that there is something unpresentable
, inaccessible, inassimilable.
Here, the sublime entails presenting the unpresentable
and cherishing the representation of the unrepresentable rather than producing communicative consensus.
Ambiguity is precisely a key word for traumatized subjects, as Freiburg points out, since as memories of a trauma are influenced by imagination, they are unreliable, however they "represent a version of truth" (77), thanks to the new art of trauma which seeks to "represent the unpresentable
Boose, '"The Getting of a Lawful Race": Racial Discourse in Early Modern England and the Unpresentable
Black Woman', in Women, 'Race', and Writing, ed.