By interpreting the behavior of the scaffold crowd and reading the plebeian texts of broadsides and ballads, Gatrell seeks to demonstrate that Londoners neither passively accepted the lessons that public hanging were intended to impart, nor attended hangings simply out of a spirit of ghoulishness
. Instead, he concludes, humble and middling Hanoverians contemplating hanging law "steered a wavering course between tacitly ethical approval, sardonic and transgressive defiance, and mockery, sentimental anguish, or outright voyeurism" (p.
Its blend of Scottish ghoulishness
and brisk sermonizing is presented in Shakespearean rhythms with a certain natural cheerfulness.
Perhaps, indeed, it is that fact that makes the study of such events less a matter of ghoulishness
, and more a matter of traditional American culture -- even education.
She moves here from bearing witness to being a witness, a change of position that gives the book a powerful immediacy, but also a tinge of voyeuristic ghoulishness
(10) A bit of ghoulishness
worthy of Webster enters the story here.
"The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao's leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history," Rockefeller claimed, seemingly oblivious to the ghoulishness
of his words.
Surely we can't be such a soulless society that we need to legislate against such sick ghoulishness
TIS Halloween on Sunday which means this weekend the city's gay bars and clubs will be decorating like crazy to try to outdo the competition in terms of ghoulishness
But by far the greater majority will be drawn from the sad-by-proxy masses as much drawn by ghoulishness
as was dear old Blanche, late of Coronation Street, who relished what she called "a good funeral".
Yes, the man is having waking nightmares, but the jump-scare manner in which Malachy appears, and the way he's portrayed, with a ghoulishness
worthy of Rick Baker, is too much.
is akin to the posters of aborted fetuses held aloft by the macabre champions of the "pro-life" cause.
I watched Crime Watch UK for the first time in ages this week, partly out of curiosity, but largely out of ghoulishness
given that it was Fiona Bruce's first time presenting since the murder of Jill Dando.
For me, it's not voyeurism or ghoulishness
. I look for the commonality between these characters and the rest of us.
"Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose," he claimed, seemingly oblivious to the ghoulishness
of his words.
But Cerveris' gleaming bald head here gives him an arresting ghoulishness
, while his stern purposefulness never quite masks the tragedy of a man unjustly robbed of his life and family.