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As one who came of age academically in the 1980s, I have more sympathy with Par ker's and Bevington's openness to the contemporary than with Clayton's dismissiveness and Simonds' prescriptiveness.
Aubain's friend Liebard counsels her to assuage her grief for Victor's death by visiting the young man's mother at Trouville, she reacts with anger, dismissiveness, and a judgmentalism that, for the moment at least, excludes forgiveness: "It doesn't matter a bit, not to them it doesn't" (213/37).
34) It is possible that Lyly was subtly advising Elizabeth on her duties as a royal patron by fashioning portraits of proper and improper patronage in the competing responses to the arrival of the apprentices--Diana's haughty dismissiveness ("what are these that so malepartlie thrust themselves into our companies?
It is difficult to view this kind of historical misrepresentation as anything other than an attempt to rationalise white dismissiveness of any black problem.
Quinn's welcoming smile and his friendliness even to the most persistent of fans, phone callers and people who just want to speak to him because he is their hero, is heart-warming in what is usually among footballers an atmosphere of cold dismissiveness unless you are a donor with a pocketful of cash to hand over and no demands to make.
Too often, however, Klein's skepticism lapses into dismissiveness or self-delusion.
Since, however, their idealism itself became infused with personal competitiveness, they gradually moved from motivations of comradely protectiveness to the kind of autocratic dismissiveness that sent Boxer to the knackers when he was no longer useful.
The most outrageously supernatural or psychic events are narrated in the plainest of laconic vernacular prose, downbeat and off-handed in tone, relieved only by occasional mocking dismissiveness or a fairly basic baby-pees-on-pants humour (crab bites lover on backside, demon belches at wedding, etc).
He didn't speak much, only to criticise or be stern," admits Steve, who says he was devastated by his dad's dismissiveness but understands his father's own upbringing contributed to his harsh behaviour.
But what was also so compelling was his style: his convoluted syntax, quirky vocabulary, and bare-knuckled prose, plus a grumpy dismissiveness that could verge on contempt: "French New Realism is mainly Arman.
This "aw, come off it" dismissiveness seems to me to say more about Hauerwas's critics than Hauerwas himself.
It is one of my constant gripes that amateurs themselves do not help their cause when they refer to amateur dramatics or amateur operatics, terms that have a builtin dismissiveness and which should be abjured by anyone with any care at all for this demanding hobby.
If in her sonnet to Mitford, Barrett ironizes conventional femininity, in "Irreparableness" this dismissiveness is shown to culminate in impotence and death.
But despite Milkman's dismissiveness, he returns the next day to ask Susan Byrd more questions, and when he finally discovers details about his grandmother Sing, "Milkman felt dizzy" (321).
Rather, I think, it came about because Clinton, more than any other politician in recent years, had the knack of flattering the media's preconceptions and prejudices about the world, from their dismissiveness towards the Republican "Clinton-haters" to their endlessly repeated characterization of him as a "New Democrat" or (always a great favorite) "our first `baby-boomer' president" He knew how to live up to the media's expectations of him--which included, in the end, even the expectation that he would misbehave sexually from time to time--without ever becoming merely predictable.