A woman behind me was outraged through the first half hour of the liturgy, chokingly
confiding to her husband her disapproval of the inappropriate atmosphere of festival upon this sacred feast.
emotional, but for vastly different reasons.
This self-guided tour to the political woodshed is unprecedented for a politician not retired or on promotional tour flacking some chokingly
Here she speaks of the reality as a "mist / that is closing in upon me / grimly extending its hold / before it grows chokingly
dense." On a more philosophical level, in "Op Die Ou End" ("At Long Last") she states that "activity always spells loss" and decides to "forgo further effort and turn / inward to spend the remains / of what years of sheer plodding cold earn." In "Trapsgewys" ("Step by Step") she adds that at the end of one's life, "nothing awaits you besides that event / during which no one asks you to grant your consent."
As her lungs fill, Swimmer chokingly
accedes to Bystander's offer and obtains the promised assistance out of the water.
Inevitably -- believing she is doing what her father wants and that she will get her reward -- his daughter will paste on a fake smile, hold out her hands for the treat and chokingly
say, "I'm a happy girl now, Daddy!"
Chet says it, chokingly
, and learns from Jim the essential, if distressing, truth that "I was among the living" (127).
Lucy, too, despite her compulsory shrouding and veiling--not merely in widow's weeds, but in the dust of those social rules and expectations that lie so chokingly
upon her--has retained a kind of clean look-out, a telescope from the mind's eye aimed outward to a freer world.
Tolstaia may be the first writer since Chekhov competent to debunk the myth of the woman who loves too much in this tale of "a woman, struggling, as we all have been taught to, for personal happiness.' She goes further than Tokareva and Petrushevskaia to show how the failings of men and women complement one another, and to demystify the values of "Russianness': the chokingly
close family relations and the beliefs that turn to self-righteous tyranny over others.
It's not necessarily the drabness of the story that's so chokingly
I would hate to think that Burton, the master of creative mayhem, could be responsible for stuffing Alice into a storyline that feels so chokingly