stolidity


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His stolidity had been profoundly stirred, else he would never have made up his mind to ask me unexpectedly whether I had not remarked that Falk had been casting eyes upon his niece.
Perhaps her face was rigidly set--but that marmoreal impassiveness, that magnificent stolidity, as of a wonderful statue by some great sculptor working under the curse of the gods; that imposing, unthinking stillness of her features, had till then mirrored for him the tranquil dignity of a soul of which he had thought himself--as a matter of course--the inexpugnable possessor.
The resisting power of numbers, the unattackable stolidity of a great multitude, was the haunting fear of his sinister loneliness.
The stolidity of his attitude, the big feet, the lifeless, hanging hands, the enormous bloodless cheek, the thin wisps of hair straggling down the fat nape of the neck, fascinated Razumov into a stare on the verge of horror and laughter.
Mr Flintwinch, who had spun backward some two or three yards under the impetus last given to him, brought himself up with a face completely unchanged in its stolidity except as it was affected by shortness of breath, and looked hard at Arthur.
As aspects of the young men's lives, circumstances and aspirations change, so too will their personal definition of risk which is understood as fluid and contextual, in stark contrast to the fixed, stolidity of risk as expressed in terms of the concrete outcomes of infection and conception beloved by policy makers.
The little enlivening touches--the tilt of a head, a finger keeping place in the pages of a book --are replaced by stolidity.
Its unreconstructed stolidity and imperfect luxury symbolized an era just then beginning to fade.
In addition to the tendency toward in-group bias, the perceptions of positions are consistent with the role-based structural distinctions between them (Eagly & Steffen, 1984): scoring is aided by activity, aggressiveness, and creativity, in contrast to the stolidity and discipline of the defender.
But my stronger motivator was a desire to remedy my somewhat Frankensteinian corporeal stolidity.
Farther on in the show, Bather with Brown Hair (Gabrielle Drying Herself), 1909, and, more emphatically, Seated Bather, 1914, embody the weirdly attractive, inflated stolidity that was the organic outgrowth of Renoir's ideas concerning both painting and women.
Perhaps it could be that Ruth's surname of "Stone" with its own natural associations signals her underlying allegiance to Sylvie's world, while simultaneously marking her sister Lucille's stolidity.