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We all saw sinews of strength in the teamwork and choices leading from Monday's mayhem to Friday's two direful resolutions with the brother suspects from Cambridge.
All my potential clients exclaimed in horror when I told them where the children were coming from, having seen Direful Things from the entry of the first batch of Birmingham evacuees.
A more barbarous, direful, marked and malicious assault--a more wilful, violent, dangerous and murderous battery, and finally, a more diabolical breach of the peace has seldom .
While privacy standards vary by nation and culture, breaking those standards is both common and direful.
The next essay, Geoffrey Carnall's "Early Nineteenth Century: Birmingham--'Something Direful in the Sound,'" continues in the tenor of Speck's account.
Ac eto mae'r ystadegau''n dweud mai dim ond deg y cant o sgitsoffreniaid sy wedi troseddu'n direful, a hynny oherwydd eu bod wedi rhoi'r gorau i gymryd eu cyffuriau.
And, when running into more sufferable latitudes, the ship, with mild stun'sails spread, floated across the tranquil tropics, and, to all appearances, the old man's delirium seemed left behind him with the Cape Horn swells, and he came forth from his dark den into the blessed light and air; even then, when he bore that firm, collected front, however pale, and issued his calm orders once again; and his mates thanked God the direful madness was now gone; even then, Ahab, in his hidden self, raved on.
Significantly, Hamlet situates the moment in a direful nighttime:
I called thee then "vain flourish of my fortune"; I called thee then, poor shadow, "painted queen"-- The presentation of but what I was The flattering index of a direful pageant, One heaved a-high to be hurled down below, A mother only mocked with two fair babes, A dream of what thou wast, a garish flag To be the aim of every dangerous shot, A sign of dignity, a breath, a bubble, A queen in jest, only to fill the scene.
132) Later Tragedy comments: "now we come unto the dismall act, / And in these sable curtains shut we up, / The comicke entrance to our direful play" (lines 777-79).
Finally Sir Thomas realises the mistake he made with a 'most direful plan of education' (Austen 1994: 468) for his children.
It may seem disingenuous to hang a date on the beginning of my own deliquescence, and I'm not saying that the direful election was the only reason for what happened, but my crisis did begin at that precise moment in time, in the monsoon weather of that afternoon.
But deep in the sibilant dark That conviction irregularly Gleams like fox-fire in sump-woods where, In distance, lynx-scream or direful owl-stammer Freezes the blood in a metaphysical shudder--which Might be the first, feather-fine brush of Grace.
I am the greatest, able to do least, Yet most suspected, as the time and place Doth make against me of this direful murder [.
Fastening to a whale, Ishmael and company are dragged "deeper and deeper into the frantic shoal," and after many narrow escapes, they notice that "the direful disorders seemed waning" (385, 386).