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In effect, they enclose themselves within phenomenological worlds of "rocklike" neo-Stoic imperviousness in which dogmatic inflexibility and "sterile" moral-psychological impassivity overlap.
As opposed to those of the others, their facial features and the way in which they are posed do not suggest sorrow but rather impassivity in the face of suffering.
In her impassivity and emptiness of face she is closely related to the characters Marlene Dietrich played in Sternberg's films and Greta Garbo, especially in the justly famous long last shot in Queen Christina after Rouben Mamoulian had instructed her to think of nothing.
The impersonality of the cards enhances Miss Moss's appreciation of them as fetish items: "For many years she had ached at what the cards did not say; but nowadays she found something in their official impassivity which seemed proper, even if not consoling.
After the Spanish football team lost to Switzerland thanks to a howler by Casillas, Carbonero was vilified in the Spanish media for supposedly being a distraction to Casil las during the game -- this belied the fact that she maintained her journalistic impassivity by roundly berating Casillas.
Colin Davis, for example, has recently pointed out a disturbing impassivity in many of Duras's works with respect to their ethical considerations.
Communication does not seem possible: Japanese impassivity is unmoved by Spanish color and gesture.
Impassivity undergoing the weight of the other, thereby called to uniqueness, subjectivity no longer belongs to the order where the alternative of activity and passivity retains its meaning.
disturbed the perfect impassivity of his weathered lips.
Humans are able to look directly on the pain of others--to take a "full frontal view"--only to the extent that we are incapable of identifying with the sufferer because he is either completely alien to us, is dying under circumstances in which we cannot imagine ever finding ourselves, or has been discovered in conditions so extreme that the viewer feels there is nothing he or she can do to relieve such suffering and, thus, can look upon the scene with impassivity.
Benanti's daffy vulnerability is nicely paired with Cerveris' sweet-natured impassivity.
According to Sartre the conscious 'pour-soi', or being-for-itself, is constantly evolving, (unlike the 'en-soi', or being-in-itself, which is the mute impassivity of the object world) and the sojourn allowed for a rediscovery of this experience.