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The first thing people will note about "The Machinist" is the appearance of Bale, who dropped an alleged 63 pounds off of his pumped-up "American Psycho" torso to emerge in such a state of ribbulging cadaverousness that he looks like he just walked out of a concentration camp.
The men were inclined to be ruddy of face, and their typical stature was meaty, strong, and of middlying height, although it varied into gangling cadaverousness.
For women on the homefront in England during the Second World War, Virginia Woolf among them, war consisted of imaginary trenches, of air raids and bombings, of the "slowness, cadaverousness, grief of the long heavy [hospital] train, taking its burden through the fields" (Diary 289).