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Heartlessness

Chester, Sir John
towards son’s love affair. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
Clare, Angel
cannot forgive Tess’s past. [Br. Lit.: Tess of the D’Urbervilles]
Estella
trained by Miss Havisham to take advantage of men. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
Ettarre
encourages knight’s love to gain his tournament prize. [Br. Lit.: Idylls of the King, “Pelleas and Ettarre”]
Gabler, Hedda
ruthlessly debases and cruelly deceives a former lover, driving him to suicide. [Swed. Drama: Isben Hedda Gabler]
Gerard, Lieutenant Philip
unfeeling in singleminded pursuit of Kimble. [TV: “The Fugitive” in Terrace, I, 290]
Gessler
sentenced Tell to shoot apple off son’s head. [Swiss Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 1066; Ital. Opera: Rossini, Wilhelm Tell]
Hatto
for hardheartedness to poor during famine, eaten by mice. [Ger. Legend: LLEI, I: 290]
Infanta
laughs at the death of the little Dwarf who can no longer dance for her. [Br. Lit.: Oscar Wilde “The Birthday of the Infanta”]
Javert
coldhearted in his relentless pursuit of Valjean. [Fr. Lit.: Les Misérables]
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
cruel and heartless lady. [Br. Lit.: “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” in Walsh Modern, 51]
Sanine
has no pity for others’ sufferings. [Russ. Lit.: Magill III, 921]
Turandot
in revenge for dishonor to ancestor. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Turandot, Westerman, 368]
References in classic literature ?
It was Herr Heartless, in disguise, and using a disguised voice.
To show that her departure would leave him unmoved, he skipped up and down the room, playing gaily on his heartless pipes.
I cannot blame you for your heartless remark, as you cannot understand the feelings of those who possess hearts.
There are, I suppose, some men as vain, as selfish, and as heartless as she is, and, perhaps, such women may be useful to punish them.
Lady Lydiard had gravely misjudged him in believing him to be a heartless man.
Back to him over the waters, hollow and heartless, like laughter in a tomb, rang the voice of the Skipper:
He had hardly touched the paper with the point of his twig when a low, wild peal of laughter broke out at a measureless distance away, and growing ever louder, seemed approaching ever nearer; a soulless, heartless, and unjoyous laugh, like that of the loon, solitary by the lakeside at midnight; a laugh which culminated in an unearthly shout close at hand, then died away by slow gradations, as if the accursed being that uttered it had withdrawn over the verge of the world whence it had come.
You are to take it," she said, "as expressing my conviction that I saddled myself with the charge of an incorrigibly heartless, obstinate and perverse girl, when I undertook the care of Blanche.
If he could but fully know and truly feel my wrongs I should be well avenged, and I could freely pardon all; but he is so lost, so hardened in his heartless depravity, that in this life I believe he never will.
Can there be a worse or more heartless boy than I am anywhere?
Of course," he said gloomily, "it is one of those Pharisaical cruelties of which only such heartless men are capable.
This is heartless of you, Gilmore--very heartless," he said.