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If the heads of the Durbeyfield household chose to sail into difficulty, disaster, starvation, disease, degradation, death, thither were these half-dozen little captives under hatches compelled to sail with them--six helpless creatures, who had never been asked if they wished for life on any terms, much less if they wished for it on such hard conditions as were involved in being of the shiftless house of Durbeyfield.
As the wife of the squatter concluded, she raised a hollow, taunting laugh, that was echoed from the mouths of several juvenile imitators, whom she was training to a life as shiftless and lawless as her own; but which, notwithstanding its uncertainty, was not without its secret charms.
Miss Wren was busy at her work by candle-light, and Mr Wrayburn, half amused and half vexed, and all idle and shiftless, stood by her bench looking on.
She stirs up even the shiftless to toil; for a man grows eager to work when he considers his neighbour, a rich man who hastens to plough and plant and put his house in good order; and neighbour vies with is neighbour as he hurries after wealth.
Cathy - or, as she should be renamed, Poor Cathy - is still having to cope with her shiftless son, Jason (Sam Swainsbury) and his vacuous girlfriend, Kelly (Lisa McGrillis).
Usually drunk and shiftless, he's disapproved of by most-especially his father.
The contempt shown her by her school friend/roommate; her years of abuse from Lou, the shiftless poet manque she moves in with; and her lack of success as an artist--these slights harden her, and she's almost as mean to her saintly husband, Edison, as Lou was to her.
Apocalypse Child' tells the story of a shiftless surfer who grew up thinking he is the son of Oscar-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.
A shiftless transmission provides no torque interruption.
Synopsis: On a beautiful fall evening, in the middle of a game of hide-and-seek, five-year-old Bobby Clark is kidnaped by his estranged father, a shiftless man with a history of domestic violence and drug abuse.
1BALOO The Jungle book (1967) BALOO steals the show as Mowgli's shiftless, mentor in Disney's version of Kipling's classic.
In the early 1980s, Conrad began to make such thematizations of power explicit in pieces like Beholden to Victory, an "army film" that implicates its audiences in the dynamics of surly officers and shiftless, insubordinate privates.