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The Breedloves' torn sofa, for example, embodies their despair: "And the joylessness stank, pervading everything.
Althaea attributes the ultimate joylessness and grief to love; however, I believe Swinburne is speaking still of love's transience.
Indeed, as Potkay shows in many later sections of his book, joy often exists in a context of grief and joylessness.
Through this image of the common folk of London venerating a sword made in honor of Stalin's brutal tyranny we can discern a subtle and paradoxical connection between "popular enthusiasm" for secular idols and the joylessness of sloth, a connection that is brought out well by Josef Pieper in his beautiful little book, In Tune with the World.
Because anxious personality is characterized by joylessness, negativity, and dissatisfaction with life (Millon, 1996) it can be expected that anxious personality should correlate negatively with overall level of self-reported QOL.
By singling out thoughts that are flavoured by Joy, and By dividing into half thoughts flavoured by Great Joy, and By singling out thoughts that are the Innate Joy, Thoughts which are the unborn, which are the Appearance of Joylessness [of all that was before], become clear.
This, I think, is the root of the joylessness of so much of what passes for joy in bourgeois Christianity.
The minstrels playing to an empty hall, like the fire that burns untended, certainly suggests the joylessness of Sinadoun, a city whose lady has been turned into a snake and whose steward seems powerless to overcome her captors.
The sense of fear, foreboding and joylessness comes across in how the clerk asks the friend for "her passport," just to visit the room.
Recalling this discussion, new mothers won't be surprised when you routinely bring up questions about persistent sadness and joylessness, a lack of energy or attention, a lack of pleasure in caring for the baby, and changes in appetite and sleep patterns disrupted by more than the baby's demands.
Some of the language and modes of analysis in this book of "critical perspectives" are the readerly equivalent of a return to Moosewood-hell in their analytical joylessness.
Two decades later, the relation has been revised: the sex act itself is marked by the joylessness which oppresses the industrial worker" (367).