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A more sustained use of sententiae appears in Richard II, where John of Gaunt gives himself over fully to the mode of sententiousness at the moments in the play that he struggles most violently with the conflict between his duty to the king and his conscience.
Alceste's persistent sententiousness continues the complex discussion of language, form, and function that his act of portraiture foregrounds.
Instead, the games he promises, the relief perhaps from so much sententiousness and the endless catalogues of sins, duties, dishes and ingredients, are not delivered.
It has to be said that this collection of 13 papers, all by American-trained scholars, has the predictable characteristics of academic publication: sententiousness, obsessive concern with minutiae of importance, the use of pretentious and/or possibly non-existent words, political correctness, terrible photos and amateur layouts.
The discrepancy between Polonius's benign appearance and his real nature as a hypocrite, opportunist and flatterer--indirectly suggested by his trite and hollow sententiousness (12)--is relentlessly exposed by Hamlet.
When a brief is peppered with Latin, leavened with bombast, and frosted with sententiousness, the writer unwittingly discloses his befuddlement.
Branca notes her sententiousness here, expressed in the rhythm of the two final hendecasyllables; Decameron, 113, n.
Had Golding wished, he could have easily produced a book that scored cheap points by broadly lampooning the sententiousness of the censors.
She didn't have Thoreau's folksiness or sententiousness, or Alcott's narrative gift.
Such discursive ventriloquism, in which the sententiousness of political self-justification is both masked and exposed by its pretense to scientific neutrality, creates some of the poem's best satirical effects like the "conversion" of "fear" and "hope" to the "switchboard of organic providence" where it may be assessed as so much chemical and spiritual data.
Herndon notes as well a number of interesting parallels of language and of strategies of sententiousness between the two works, "which suggest that Conrad either wrote more of The Nature of a Crime than critics have supposed or that he remembered phrases and subtle juxtapositions of circumstances and included them in Chance.
suffering, death, and mortality--the "epic sententiousness,"