I did indeed observe that the YAHOOS were the only animals in this country subject to any diseases; which, however, were much fewer than horses have among us, and contracted, not by any ill-treatment they meet with, but by the nastiness and greediness of that sordid
The man or woman, sordid
with the common dust of life, who crossed his daily path, and the little child who played in it, were glorified if they beheld him in his mood of poetic faith.
He accordingly endeavored to purchase horses for the journey, but in this he had to contend with the sordid
disposition of these people.
The Pension Vauquer was dark, brown, sordid
, graisseuse; but this is in quite a different tone, with high, clear, lightly-draped windows, tender, subtle, almost morbid, colours, and furniture in elegant, studied, reed-like lines.
The full recognition of the futility of their infatuation, from a social point of view; its purposeless beginning; its self-bounded outlook; its lack of everything to justify its existence in the eye of civilization (while lacking nothing in the eye of Nature); the one fact that it did exist, ecstasizing them to a killing joy; all this imparted to them a resignation, a dignity, which a practical and sordid
expectation of winning him as a husband would have destroyed.
Every work is to be esteemed mean, and every art and every discipline which renders the body, the mind, or the understanding of freemen unfit for the habit and practice of virtue: for which reason all those arts which tend to deform the body are called mean, and all those employments which are exercised for gain; for they take off from the freedom of the mind and render it sordid
I could not decide whether she desired the return of her husband because she loved him, or because she dreaded the tongue of scandal; and I was perturbed by the suspicion that the anguish of love contemned was alloyed in her broken heart with the pangs, sordid
to my young mind, of wounded vanity.
Philip was carried away by the sordid
intensity of it.
Only looking up at the sky did Pierre cease to feel how sordid
and humiliating were all mundane things compared with the heights to which his soul had just been raised.
Naturally, the merry Christmas bringing the happy New Year, when fellow-citizens expect to be paid for the trouble and goods they have smilingly bestowed on their neighbors, had so tightened the pressure of sordid
cares on Lydgate's mind that it was hardly possible for him to think unbrokenly of any other subject, even the most habitual and soliciting.
What I feel sure is that I can never look at life in the mean and sordid
way that I did before I read Tolstoy.
What might appear sordid
and squalid to the fastidiously reared, was to them eminently wholesome and natural.
Of course it's all valueless, just so much dull and sordid
plodding; but it is no more dull and sordid
than keeping books at sixty dollars a month, adding up endless columns of meaningless figures until one dies.
He was too occupied with his own vision, and vividly burned before him the sordid
barrenness of a poorhouse ward, where an ancient, very like what he himself would become, maundered and gibbered and drooled for a crumb of tobacco for his old clay pipe, and where, of all horrors, no sip of beer ever obtained, much less six quarts of it.
Having asserted herself in those noble terms, she spoilt the effect of her own outburst of generosity by dropping to the sordid
view of the subject in her next sentence.