Their eyes were haggard and grim; and notwithstanding the beastly lust that disfigured them, and the meanness
of their faces, and the cruelty, notwithstanding the stupidness which was worst of all, the anguish of those fixed eyes made all that crowd terrible and pathetic.
Many Theresas have been born who found for themselves no epic life wherein there was a constant unfolding of far-resonant action; perhaps only a life of mistakes, the offspring of a certain spiritual grandeur ill-matched with the meanness
of opportunity; perhaps a tragic failure which found no sacred poet and sank unwept into oblivion.
I exulted to have Thackeray attack the aristocrats, and expose their wicked pride and meanness
, and I never noticed that he did not propose to do away with aristocracy, which is and must always be just what it has been, and which cannot be changed while it exists at all.
and unfairness had brought from Jerry no snarling threat of retaliation, such as he would have offered Lerumie or any other black.
Well, they were honest eyes, he concluded, and in them was neither smallness nor meanness
None of the tricks that he was ever eager to do for Steward, would Michael do for Kwaque, despite the fact that Kwaque had no touch of meanness
or viciousness in him.
of betraying the confidence which Geoffrey had reposed in him would be doubled meanness
if he proved false to his trust after Geoffrey had personally insulted him.
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness
of it, and publish its meanness
to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.
He leaned back, serene, with that peculiar smile of his sealing the unexpressed depths of his meanness.
I remembered his abject pleading, his abject threats, the colossal scale of his vile desires, the meanness, the torment, the tem- pestuous anguish of his soul.
Then, I said, we must take Damon into our counsels; and he will tell us what rhythms are expressive of meanness
, or insolence, or fury, or other unworthiness, and what are to be reserved for the expression of opposite feelings.
There seems to be no interval between greatness and meanness
As he did not, however, outwardly express any such disgust, it would be an ill office in us to pay a visit to the inmost recesses of his mind, as some scandalous people search into the most secret affairs of their friends, and often pry into their closets and cupboards, only to discover their poverty and meanness
to the world.
These, in the days of their abundance, ever regarded gold as dross, and have not yet got over that only impediment in the way of their amassing wealth, but they want no dross from Nicodemus Boffin, Esquire; No, Mr Boffin; the world may term it pride, paltry pride if you will, but they wouldn't take it if you offered it; a loan, sir--for fourteen weeks to the day, interest calculated at the rate of five per cent per annum, to be bestowed upon any charitable institution you may name--is all they want of you, and if you have the meanness
to refuse it, count on being despised by these great spirits.
If you can wade through a few sentences of malice, meanness
, falsehood, perjury, treachery, and cant,' said Slurk, handing the paper to Bob, 'you will, perhaps, be somewhat repaid by a laugh at the style of this ungrammatical twaddler.