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Gerard Manley Hopkins once expostulated of his own poetry:
The Net's not a brain," I expostulated to my surprise.
Others cited his crippling indecision to name him a "triste Hamlet ginebrino" (Rodo 1930: 17), his day-dreaming which made him the "Don Quijote de los Alpes" (Insua 1919), or else compared him with Faust (Albert 1919), or, as expostulated in Luz Leon's 1927 book, Amiel, o la incapacidad de amar, presented him as an inversion of the Spanish seducer, Don Juan.
The deeply rooted lack of seriousness in his adopted land would have had to enforce a heavy depression as he rehearsed often ungifted actors in productions like Gogol's The Inspector General (in which he had gloried under Stanislavsky's direction), or expostulated idealized theories to starstuck students who had no sense of ensemble and scant knowledge of the rich tradition of European classics on which Chekhov had been bred.
Unlike so many others, I never fell in love while in Florence, alas, but on a later visit I made a friend, a book clerk working at the well-known Feltrinelli bookstore, and it was Flavio who expostulated the much-used "Ah, certo
It was revolting, Muyart expostulated, to hear the author refer to 'the sensitivity to pain of the guilty'.
Sir Sefton Brancker, an aviator responsible for the expansion of the Royal Flying Corps at the outbreak of war, expostulated in 1916:
37) While the reviews turn to social science to satisfy the need of some for definitional clarity on the subject of critical race theory's work, they uncover a wealth of scholarship documenting glimpses of life that effectively "prove" the structural and individual workings of the social reality about which critical race theory has expostulated for the past ten years.
A little later, the fiery Bishop Epiphanius of Salamis expostulated, "They paint the Saviour with long hair, and this by conjecture because He is called a Nazarene and Nazarenes wear long hair.
The psychosocial phenomenon expostulated by Lippmann is exacerbated when the subject matter of the reportage is itself sensitive and/or emotionally charged.