A more sustained use of sententiae appears in Richard II, where John of Gaunt gives himself over fully to the mode of sententiousness
at the moments in the play that he struggles most violently with the conflict between his duty to the king and his conscience.
Alceste's persistent sententiousness
continues the complex discussion of language, form, and function that his act of portraiture foregrounds.
I was dismayed when she targeted George Eliot's "heavy learning," sententiousness
, and use of epigraphs, as simply Eliot's way of dissociating herself from a "frivolous genre" and of compensating for her disreputable status (105-37).
There is sententiousness
("He spoke truly" 4; "No words were ever truer" 9) and statements of the obvious, where, for instance, it is solemnly declared that the reader ("it seems to me") has "the fight to see the evidence" on which the author's conclusions are based (xiii).
` "Time?" quoth she, "and Time hath brought me hither".' Such sententiousness
was much to Elizabethan taste.
The measured tones of the jongleur, and his sententiousness
, parallel those of Louis in the Enseignements; the difference is that the words of wisdom come here from a much more humble source.
Instead, the games he promises, the relief perhaps from so much sententiousness
and the endless catalogues of sins, duties, dishes and ingredients, are not delivered.
It has to be said that this collection of 13 papers, all by American-trained scholars, has the predictable characteristics of academic publication: sententiousness
, obsessive concern with minutiae of importance, the use of pretentious and/or possibly non-existent words, political correctness, terrible photos and amateur layouts.
(1.3.103-109) The discrepancy between Polonius's benign appearance and his real nature as a hypocrite, opportunist and flatterer--indirectly suggested by his trite and hollow sententiousness
(12)--is relentlessly exposed by Hamlet.
When a brief is peppered with Latin, leavened with bombast, and frosted with sententiousness
, the writer unwittingly discloses his befuddlement.
Branca notes her sententiousness
here, expressed in the rhythm of the two final hendecasyllables; Decameron, 113, n.
Had Golding wished, he could have easily produced a book that scored cheap points by broadly lampooning the sententiousness
of the censors.