Taciturnity


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Taciturnity

Barkis
warmhearted but taciturn husband of Peggoty. [Br. Lit: David Copperfield]
Bartleby the Scrivener “I
prefer not to” was his constant refrain and all he ever said. [Am. Lit.: “Bartleby the Scrivener”]
Bert and I
taciturn “down-Easterners.” [Am. Culture: Misc.]
Coolidge, Calvin
(1872–1933) 30th U.S. president; nicknamed “Silent Cal.” [Am. Hist.: Frank, 99]
Laconian
inhabitant of ancient country of Laconia; people noted for pauciloquy. [Gr. Hist.: NCE, 1514]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The same Catholic conviction could explain Fillon's famous taciturnity, a refusal to be ruffled, that can come across as either old-world courtesy or a cold reluctance to engage.
The veiled figure of the Iranian woman is not just a representation of passivity and taciturnity. Within the past decades, Iranian women have repurposed the functions of the veil according to their own demands and used them as forms of bodily expressions.
Thus, what Kyomuhendo does is to visibly make the psychological wounds incurred from the brutal murder of Marina's family occupy a large chunk of the protagonist's psychic networking, which explains Marina's taciturnity. Marina evaluates everything around her through her mental crisis and as such the human world for her becomes empty.
He never said much to me but was pleasant enough in his taciturnity. Some liked his interpretation of the Koran; some just didn't like him.
He tries to explain Falks taciturnity: "I don't know why he did not say so before.
bubbling loquacity unwonted to his habitual taciturnity, a
Indeed, at the time the bread shop idea was being mooted, Woolf complains in her diary of her sister members' taciturnity in meetings unless the discussion concerned food (D1 112).
Yahya Ahmad writes in his tone along with augustness permeates aesthetics, silence of desert, taciturnity of flower, stillness of night, twittering of birds, breezing of Zypher, dripping of rain and language of providence.2
The outbreak of war in August 1914 added to Wilson's taciturnity with his cabinet.
(19) Mr Spectator sees "printing my self"--in widely circulating periodical essays--as a compensation for taciturnity: "I have neither Time nor Inclination to communicate the Fulness of my Heart in Speech." Franklin, by contrast, creates in the memoir a sense of overlap between written and oral modes of transmission.
The Wayne that emerges in the book is one that might confuse those with binary views of liberals and conservatives, taciturnity and effusiveness, masculinity and femininity.