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refuses to associate with others or even to mingle with other employees. [Am. Lit.: Melville Bartleby the Scrivener]
de Coverly, Major
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]
so aloof that nobody dares to ask him his first name. [Am. Lit.: Catch-22]
enigmatic and aloof from intimacy; addressed others as “old sport.” [Am. Lit.: The Great Gatsby]
paranoid sea captain remains incognito for half a voyage. [Fr. Lit.: Captain Hatteras]
eccentric lady who resents men; maintains a detached attitude toward Pip. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
mysteriously reluctant to reveal her past. [Am. Lit.: The Marble Faun]
officious officer; will not talk with enlisted men. [Am. Lit.: Mister Roberts, Magill I, 605–607]
“not troubled with other folks’ strife.” [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose, 13]
distant from even his own feelings about Daisy. [Am. Lit.: Daisy Miller]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.