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Left to the untender mercies of her grandmother and aunt at birth, Yan'ni retreated into a stubborn silence, shunning her mother's half-hearted overtures on her rare visits and finally escaping her family's constant putdowns by secretly getting accepted into the university.
British farmers and manufacturers meantime are equally at the untender mercy of the supermarket, finding their own profits squeezed to make more for their masters.
While the Prelude emphasizes the joy of boyhood, Wordsworth's boyhood actually comes across as untender and loveless.
After the Civil War and reconstruction period, the nation left Southern Blacks to the untender mercies of their former masters, who were eager to reduce them as close to slavery as possible without re-igniting the Civil War.
When the Quebec Act of 1774 restored the use of French civil law, it was intended to protect French property-owners from the untender mercies of English-speaking lawyers and the position of the Catholic Church was also protected.
As the characters thrust and parry their way through the darkness, engaging in a decidedly untender menage a quatre, they battle an army of demons ranging from writer's block to a crisis of spirituality, from severe depression to what is euphemistically referred to as "male performance anxiety.
Amy Ryan's fatally untender Sonya may be part of the problem -- with her dark hair in a severe bun and a constant scowl on her face, she's more like some young Russian variant on Judith Anderson's Mrs.