It is perhaps at this point that one might begin to suspect that pity cannot be 'expressed' in either of the two major senses of that term (not even through Bruce's tapeworm), as articulation or as physical expulsion: it can only coil itself, sit at the heart of the mountainously
constipated castles of defence, or self-defence, insisting all the time that, to quote the parodically self-pitying title of a novel by Christopher Brookmyre, 'A big boy did it and ran away'.
Little Mary Fowler, aged fifteen, the daughter of a camp cook, made one of the most daring and successful horseback rides in an effort to save the life of an injured laborer and to her desperate ride through the darkness of the night over a wild and mountainously
rough road the man owes his life.
The air was positively tartan, so I trudged down the hill carrying my hi-tech planks to the school coach and sat there all afternoon with a big (actually it was mountainously
huge) sulk on.
behind his desk, the decidedly uncrooked drug cop (played to insolent perfection by Bill Duke) regards Wilson through drooping eyelids and replies, "There's only one thing I don't understand: every word you just said.
Angelopoulos is the mountainously
self-important Greek filmmaker whose Eternity and a Day won the top prize at the Cannes festival earlier this year.