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In shattering the novel form (and perhaps its readers' nerves), Watt shatters the conventions of language use, leaving a "mirthless" laughter in its wake-what Arsene calls "the laugh of laughs, the risus purus, the laugh laughing at the laugh, the beholding, the saluting of the highest joke, in a word the laugh that laughs-silence please-at that which is unhappy" (W 48).
He's 67, with small unblinking eyes and a very firm handshake; his hair is dyed black, his conversation peppered with wry, rather mirthless chuckles.
For many viewers and (especially) critics, the approved response to such gruesomeness is a mirthless laugh, like that of a nervous adolescent going along with a bully.
Fittingly his Jack is a Geordie and Wathen inhabits every inch of the cold and calculating hitman, from his steely gaze and mirthless laugh to his inner fury and steady unrelenting drive for revenge.
Fittingly, his Jack is a Geordie and Wathen inhabits every inch of the cold and calculating hitman, from his steely gaze and mirthless laugh to his inner fury and steady unrelenting drive for revenge.
Millions of other heartbroken women locked in mirthless marriages are walking in your shoes right this minute, and living life much like the walking dead.
One side of the krater depicts two adjacent subjects: Demeter sitting on the Mirthless Rock and the Mission of Triptolemos.
They embody what Bergson took to be laughable and what Beckett subjected to a mirthless, despairing laughter that was always reflexive, always bound to rebound on us, on the machines that are us; the laughers (1911; 1979).
It's hard to shake the nagging feeling that the franchise can never escape its mundane, mirthless and mediocre reputation.
"This sort of thing has been going on since the 1950s, when good sense was overthrown by Ionesco's mirthless zaniness and Beckett's punishing obscurity.
Haw!--the mirthless. The bitter laugh laughs at that which is not good, it is the ethical laugh.
Not only did they have to endure unpleasant headlines in the Daily Mail about how their basic kitchen demonstrated how "mirthless" they are but accusations they were downplaying their wealth by showing off their least luxurious one.