unvital

unvital

(ʌnˈvaɪtəl)
adj
1. not vital or crucial; unessential; unnecessary
2. not vital; not pertaining to maintaining, characteristic of, or affecting life
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She was still tiny, and like a dignified, scentless flower," with her face described as "apple-blossom" (165) rather than appley; she stays just as unvital as the beautiful but dormant still-lifes that Lawrence criticizes in "Introduction to These Paintings," with Dollie "modeled with an arched nose like a proud old Florentine portrait" (165), the kind of art that provokes only "cerebral excitation," for the "deeper responses, down in the intuitive and instinctive body, are not touched" ("Introduction TT Paintings" 556).
Daleski, it represents a "childish perversity" (301); for Julian Moynahan, a "monstrous, unvital embrace" (77); for John Haegert, a "horrid infantilism" (217).
The main conceptual function is to make readers aware of the destructive and deadening features of their sexual consciousness and action and to induce them to repudiate these unvital modes of knowing and relating.