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There is of course a forbidding legacy in the world of left-leaning publishing of ultraworthy, unimpeachable humorlessness.
Smuts surrendered office to Nationalist leader and fellow Cape Dutchman Daniel Malan, a peculiar man whose dour mien and humorlessness made even the Field Marshall seem vivacious.
Surely that's the most logical explanation for such an abrasively unpleasant comedy, whose nauseating visual style and senseless "Benny Hill"-style editing are perfectly matched for the incompetence of its plotting and the humorlessness of its jokes.
To see how Marianne's accusatory rather than joking responses cause friction between her and Elinor, it's worth looking closely at an exchange between Elinor, Marianne, and Edward that highlights Marianne's humorlessness.
Not unlike Robin Wood's schematically Freudian-Marxist methodology, which much of Framing Monsters closely echoes, there is a certain humorlessness underlying the book's insistent critical resistance to the apparently always insidious seductions of popular cinema.
The whole structure of the sequence, particularly the way phrases are shaped, the way certain allusions are made to Laurel and Hardy and comic papers is an acknowledgment of this monstrous inequality; and to read it any other way seems to me to reveal a humorlessness
the same humorlessness with which she reads my essays.
Opposed to this high calling is not light genre fiction (Kundera says he has "never minded Agatha Christie's detective novels") but humorlessness, simplification and myth-making, inherited dogma of any sort.
31) Kneale's stock view of the heavy humorlessness of Victorian domestic morality is also represented symbolically in a specific aspect of the decor of the Jeavons's home: "The busts of Queen Victoria and Albert," which "glowered down from the piano as ir saddened by the scene before them" (33).
Instead, Petersen applies the same straight-ahead, live-or-die humorlessness that has marked the German director's other oceangoing epics, ``Das Boot'' and ``The Perfect Storm.
He handed over the vineyard to his son, Etienne, who worries Hubert with his humorlessness and drive for efficiency.
Humorlessness makes a candidate seem cold and unfriendly.