In Candide's mutedly
optimistic conclusion, the metayers, after visiting the contented Turkish farmer, finally settle down, accept their human limitations and achieve a semblance of peace of mind.
In its raising of such questions, however mutedly
, the book parallels the vision of another distinguished Irish-American writer a generation after Brennan's, Alice McDermott, whose fine novels At Weddings and Wakes (1992) and Charming Billy (1998) hang poised between a celebration and a pathology of Irish inheritance.
Although it is not really fair to describe his endings as happy; they are, rather, mutedly
While often mutedly
displaying their traditional lineaments, Beckmann's more famous paintings--the tryptychs, the brazen self-portraits, the panels of mutilated and tortured figures--appear to be derived, not from the experiences of a particular religion or culture, but from a deep perpetual category of unregulated impulse that lies always beneath the veneer of culture.
An American folk heritage burnished with but never overwhelmed by an 18-piece orchestra, leaving room for the mutedly
introspective guitar, piano, pedal steel and mandolin to breathe deep.
Finished in 1919, this red-brick rectangle is dressed in pale stone, and its mutedly
classical facades are dominated by a tower that tends towards abstraction, almost like an Arts and Crafts version of an Indian railway station.
Generally, bookmakers have responded mutedly
to England's 3-0 victory over Spain at Villa Park on Wednesday night.
It was comfortable, mutedly
elegant and had a wonderful view of the Brent Cross shopping centre and the buzzing A5, Safeways, Toys R Us .
And if not as assured as her forthcoming Partition drama, Earth, the result is a visually beautiful, mutedly
sad, claustrophobically melancholic and deeply felt affair that burns with the wind of change currently fanning the flames in Nineties India.