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In the case of Clarence's multi-part argument, fatalism and a self-threatening shiftlessness and inability to adapt to new circumstances are initially said to be typical of Indians by nature, who a few sentences later are supposedly causing problems when they return from their relatively brief sojourns abroad imbued with radical ideas and sporting the material rewards of success.
Using theorems being developed by Herbert Spencer and the Social Darwinists, they placed the source of this shiftlessness in biological inferiority.
40-49) </pre> <p>The shiftlessness of Wordsworth's frame of mind is evoked by the pace of his schedule--from the site where the Fete de la Federation had been held the previous summer, to the militant working-class district of Faubourg St Antoine, to the revolutionary meeting houses in Montmartre, to the Pantheon where the great revolutionary statesman Comte de Mirabeau had recently been buried.
Worse, it is the seeming shiftlessness of Democratic candidates that makes them so unappealing.
The memory of his father's shiftlessness makes Chad angry; he's not too pleased with the world in general, in fact, and wishes his mother would let him take a real job.
Watt makes use of several staples of the 'Big House' novel: mistreated servants, including Watt; the questionable morals of a local fisherman's wife, Mrs Gorman; the shiftlessness of a pair of local workmen, 'the Galls, father and son'; and the physical misery of a diseased but prolific peasant family named Lynch.
It is as if Marxism had never collapsed of the dry rot engendered by its exaltation of shiftlessness, sloth, and backwardness.