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But while there's something undeniably fascinating about the way "Fairhaven" repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
The CBSO, under Adrian Lucas, began with a portentous theme on strings with enough chromaticism to hint that something forbidding, maybe frightening, was on its way.
It was not his fault that he was required to sing a portentous aria on Time, one of several Hwang interpolations that did Lewis Carroll no favors.
The form, if not the content, of the short pieces here collected--none are as long as a page--will call to mind the work of currently (and justly) popular miniaturists such as Lydia Davis, though Akutagawa is more portentous than Davis allows herself to be.
30pm) Even if you understand Homer's ancient Greek epic, The Odyssey, there's no guarantee you'll be able to make head nor tail of this equally portentous drama.
Summary: ABU DHABI -- His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain has conferred the grade of Commander of the Spanish Order of Civil Merit upon Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade for her portentous contributions towards strengthening ties between United Arab Emirates and Spain.
Hollywood Leaks' uses the same portentous slogan - "We do not forgive and we do not forget", similar to the anti-scientology hacker group 'Anonymous'.
Tessa takes too long to wake up to herself, and there are also portentous moments that seem slightly ridiculous.
This portentous "Letter to President Obama" about the peace process has the man-bites-dog signature of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
There is plenty of alphabetical fun at the expense of the stories' (and indeed real life's) portentous use of initials, so we have a chief spy called Em and a gadget inventor (whose devices never work, of course) called Queue.
Evidently inspired by a witches' sabbath, it incorporates dramatic changes of pace and volume, finally winding down to a portentous climax with the sonorous chime of a tubular bell.