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Yet Mann's work differs from fiction in refraining from describing the pettier side of human existence, one of the novel's particular interests.
But it also depicts the absurdity of life in any bureaucracy--the meetings for their own sake, the pointless training sessions, the petty corruption and pettier tyranny, and the barely suppressed state of impotent rage that is the lot of the cubicle drone.
Absurdly over-engineered for their role in protecting the 12-year Reich, these monstrous carbuncles, like Pasmore's pavilion, have also now become the target of pettier forms of vandalism.
This effect was called after the inventor Jean Charles Athanase Pettier (1834).
Here, he says, is an original 1903 Pettier bottle, still with its original fizz, the familiar bottle modelled on the Indian Clubs popular in the local spa.
IT'S hard to believe the Los Angeles school board could get any pettier in its fight with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Therefore it's vital to try to ignore some of the pettier considerations of the day, keep a grip on the big picture.
IT is a fact of life that the richer and more successful human beings become the pettier they are.
Unless one grants credence to the small but fashionable set that has of late been predicting a reviviscence of Christianity in Europe (in gay defiance of all tangible evidence), it seems certain that Europe will continue to sink into its demographic twilight and increasingly to look like the land of the "last men" that Nietzsche prophesied would follow the "death of God": a realm of sanctimony, petty, sensualisms, pettier rationalisms, and a vaguely euthanasiac addiction to comfort.
Prior to her appointment with EPA, Pettier held a number of executive-level positions in the California agricultural industry and state government, including president of the California Citrus Quality Council, executive director of the California Pear Advisory Board, president of the California Pear Growers (a farmer-owned bargaining cooperative), and director of public and government relations for the California Grape and Tree Fruit League.
From an $11,000 French clock in the ministry's Fenton headquarters to a $105,000 Crownline boat docked behind her vacation home at Lake of the Ozarks, it's clear her tastes run more to Pettier than to tap water.