It is savagely comedic, not abjuring the tune itself, but overlaying it with shrill glissandi in harsh, though good-natured, derisiveness
I suspect that there was more to the matter than simple derisiveness
about "earnestness" in Wilde's use of the word.
As has often been the case with Altman, a certain derisiveness
toward some characters occasionally slips in, but prevailing tone is one of sweetness and sympathy, especially for its central figure, and one can't help but conclude, on the basis of this and last year's "Cookie's Fortune," that scenarist Rapp represents one of the most felicitous collaborators the director has found in years.
The difficulty with this approach is ever-increasing allocated loss adjustment expense and batteries of lawyers and consultants grappling with policy interpretation, even though much of the derisiveness
has been put to rest.
Yet he remained fundamentally unrecognized as traditional satirist and as master of twentieth-century affect, the king of derisiveness
, self-loathing, and despair.
As President Clinton told a group of us who met with him to mark the fifth anniversary of the ADA, the forces of derisiveness
and division are all around us, threatening to undermine the civil lights of all Americans, including children and adults with disabilities.
Even when women humorists target such "evil" men in their humor, it is rarely with the sadistic derisiveness
that characterizes some men's humor.
The only use of the word `triton' in Shakespeare is when Coriolanus addresses the rebellious Sicinius in contemptuous derisiveness