Aloofness


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Aloofness

Bartleby
refuses to associate with others or even to mingle with other employees. [Am. Lit.: Melville Bartleby the Scrivener]
Chapin, Joseph
successful attorney blinded by his emotional coldness and his need for propriety and respectability. [Am. Lit.: John O’Hara Ten North Frederick in Benét, 732]
de Coverly, Major
so aloof that nobody dares to ask him his first name. [Am. Lit.: Catch-22]
Gatsby, Jay
enigmatic and aloof from intimacy; addressed others as “old sport.” [Am. Lit.: The Great Gatsby]
Hatteras, Captain
paranoid sea captain remains incognito for half a voyage. [Fr. Lit.: Captain Hatteras]
Havisham, Miss
eccentric lady who resents men; maintains a detached attitude toward Pip. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
Miriam
mysteriously reluctant to reveal her past. [Am. Lit.: The Marble Faun]
Morgan, Captain
officious officer; will not talk with enlisted men. [Am. Lit.: Mister Roberts, Magill I, 605–607]
Trot, Dame
“not troubled with other folks’ strife.” [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose, 13]
Winterbourne
distant from even his own feelings about Daisy. [Am. Lit.: Daisy Miller]
References in classic literature ?
True, I noticed a certain aloofness on the part of my general friends, but this I ascribed to the disapproval that was prevalent in my circles of my intended marriage with Ernest.
Jasper Dale, under all his shyness and aloofness, possessed a nature full of delicate romance and poesy, which, denied expression in the common ways of life, bloomed out in the realm of fancy and imagination.
By the wary independence and aloofness of his dim forest life he preserves his intercourse with his native gods and is admitted from time to time to a rare and peculiar society with nature.
She was very pale and seemed to have wrapped herself in her old mantle of aloofness.
For the first one hundred or one hundred and fifty years, it seems, the two languages remained for the most part pretty clearly distinct, but in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries English, abandoning its first aloofness, rapidly took into itself a large part of the French (originally Latin) vocabulary; and under the influence of the French it carried much farther the process of dropping its own comparatively complicated grammatical inflections--a process which had already gained much momentum even before the Conquest.
Or even just that pointed chin stuck out a little, resentful and not particularly distinguished, doing away with the mysterious aloofness of her fragile presence.
She was thin, too thin for his taste, and she carried herself with an aloofness to which he was unaccustomed.
Oblonsky had more than once experienced this extreme sense of aloofness, instead of intimacy, coming on after dinner, and he knew what to do in such cases.
Bert and Billy were awkward and silent, oppressed by a strange aloofness.
KUWAIT, Dec 3 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is scheduled to patronize "the youth volunteering meeting to face terrorism," organized by the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, under the theme, "Volunteering is co-existence and extremism is aloofness.
Nigel's artful capturing of the Gallaghers' aloofness and arrogance helped the finished Wonderwall win Best British Video at the Brit Awards.
The use of the epithet 'vulgar' is as meaningless as criticising Bach's 'Art of Fugue' for its austere aloofness, for the work is what it is - of its time and place and designed for precisely the effect which Mr Stinchcombe so derides.