She knew they were failures, and he read her disapproval in every perfunctory
and unenthusiastic line of her letter.
Their right hands extended and for a fraction of an instant met in a perfunctory
The furnished room received its latest guest with a first glow of pseudo-hospitality, a hectic, haggard, perfunctory
welcome like the specious smile of a demirep.
As if the matter had been privately agreed upon, the couples separated once more, Katharine and Denham passing out of the house without more than a perfunctory glance round them.
Denham were perfunctory to the verge of rudeness, and to Ralph, who watched her narrowly, she seemed further away than was compatible with her physical closeness.
Carr having finished his coffee one morning, lingered a moment over his perfunctory
paternal embraces, with the awkwardness of a preoccupied man endeavoring by the assumption of a lighter interest to veil another abstraction.
These and other of his words were nothing but the perfunctory
babble of the surface while the depths remained paralyzed.
Since Fate had thrown them together she had scarce favoured him with more than the most perfunctory
replies to his remarks, unless at such times as the weird and uncanny happenings at Lothar had surprised her out of her reserve.
The assembled members of the tribe looked on and listened in a sort of dull and perfunctory
apathy, for the speaker was by far the mightiest of the clan.
And while Milton is clearly the protagonist, readings of his texts are often upstaged, so that the reading of Lilburne, for example, eclipses an almost perfunctory
analysis of liberty and conscience in Areopagitica.
Quick to fill out missing-persons reports on history and philosophy, Baudrillard must nevertheless ask "how can something live if it has disappeared." But then he does a double take and reports, as though in real time, that with the latest renewals back east in Europe "History Is Risen from the Dead." In the realignment and reintegration of legacies that the dislocation of Marxism has set in circulation, Baudrillard observes the happy-facedness of everyone else's perfunctory
mourning: "We are busy, in accordance with an oddly enthusiastic mourning process, smoothing out the salient events of the century, white-washing the century." At this point the session ends.
The set-up is squandered with meandering, unrevealing chats and a perfunctory
crying scene from Harrelson.
Plenty of perfunctory
gunfights and car chases all served with a measure of blue-label Johnnie Walker.
One of the enduring strengths of this book is that the essays comprising the first part - never reductive or perfunctory
- without exception offer highly sophisticated, nuanced ways of engaging Shakespeare's texts historically.
Slights's passing acknowledgments of the plays' wit or humor seem perfunctory
; her real energy is in social commentary which, while sometimes illuminating, is often ponderous for its subject.