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Its appeal to the heart is direct end unequivocal, and nothing but callous indifference can resist its power.
Harris, who is callous in his nature, and not prone to pity, said:
But it is a good thing for proprietors who perish morally, bring remorse upon themselves, stifle this remorse and grow callous, as a result of being able to inflict punishments justly and unjustly.
If she were callous all the time and had only led me on to laugh at me I couldn't have felt that about her," he thought.
But she describes the attitude of the educated people--who should know better--as callous in the extreme.
So great indeed was their faith in a mother's love that they felt they could afford to be callous for a bit longer.
It was this callous act that turned all David's mirth to woe, and drove us weeping to our growler.
I, who have known him all my life, know how he worships Jane; but to others it must seem that he is perfectly callous to her fate.
Of all the stupid pieces of brutality I ever heard of, this is the most callous and the most heartbreaking.
It seems callous of us to have come," Penelope declared.
In a battlefield," he observed slowly, "one naturally becomes a little callous, but here it is different.
It seemed to him, accustomed to the callous and hopeless appearance of a less happy tribe, that the faces of these people were all aflame with the joy of the springtime.
Always were they menaced by some frightful thing and seldom were their rifles cool, yet even in the brief time they had dwelt upon Caprona they had become callous to danger, so that they swung along laughing and chatting like soldiers on a summer hike.
How distinctly do I remember his poor, pitiful, gnarled hands as he lay there on the pavement--hands that were more hoof and claw than hands, all twisted and distorted by the toil of all his days, with on the palms a horny growth of callous a half inch thick.
I could have struck the man across the face, so hot was I at this callous and off-hand reference to so delicate a matter.