But dreams--of those who dream as I, Aspiringly, are damned, and die: Yet should I swear I mean alone, By notes so very shrilly blown, To break upon Time's monotone, While yet my vapid
joy and grief Are tintless of the yellow leaf-- Why not an imp the graybeard hath, Will shake his shadow in my path-- And e'en the graybeard will o'erlook Connivingly my dreaming-book.
It was a grey, white face, shrivelled and pinched, weak eyes without depth, a vapid
smile in which there was no meaning.
When the supercilious and vapid
point out faults, they ever run into contradictions and folly; it is only under the lash of the discerning and the experienced, that we betray by our writhings the power of the blow we receive.
At first, as she turned toward the ape-man, her face reflected only mad rage, but almost instantly this changed into the vapid
smile with which Smith-Oldwick was already familiar and her slim fingers commenced their soft appraisement of the newcomer.
John and his wife, Leah the housemaid, and Sophie the French nurse, were decent people; but in no respect remarkable; with Sophie I used to talk French, and sometimes I asked her questions about her native country; but she was not of a descriptive or narrative turn, and generally gave such vapid
and confused answers as were calculated rather to check than encourage inquiry.
listlessness I leant my head against the window, and continued spelling over Catherine Earnshaw - Heathcliff - Linton, till my eyes closed; but they had not rested five minutes when a glare of white letters started from the dark, as vivid as spectres - the air swarmed with Catherines; and rousing myself to dispel the obtrusive name, I discovered my candle-wick reclining on one of the antique volumes, and perfuming the place with an odour of roasted calf-skin.
When I left Ostend on a mild February morning, and found myself on the road to Brussels, nothing could look vapid
Foul and filthy as the room is, foul and filthy as the air is, it is not easy to perceive what fumes those are which most oppress the senses in it; but through the general sickliness and faintness, and the odour of stale tobacco, there comes into the lawyer's mouth the bitter, vapid
taste of opium.
babes who never tire of testifying their delight in the vapid
If you are particularly lucky, you sit on the staircase, you get a tepid ice, and you hear vapid
talk in slang phrases all round you.
Much did she censure the attenuated Cupids who encircle the ceiling of the Queen's Hall, inclining each to each with vapid
gesture, and clad in sallow pantaloons, on which the October sunlight struck.
Even those born governors, noble and right honourable creatures, who have been the most imbecile in high places, have uniformly shown themselves the most opposed (sometimes in belying distrust, sometimes in vapid
insolence) to THEIR employer.