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]
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The Armed Forces however, while declaring on several occasions their aloofness from politics and pinpointing their bias towards the people's interests, have not stopped endeavours to close down illegal tunnels between Egypt and Gaza.
Running through the book are the arguments that without the help of civilian officials, Nazi or not, and without the complicit aloofness of the average person, the Holocaust could not have occurred.