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Indifference

Antoinette, Marie
(1755–1793) queen of France to whom is attributed this statement on the solution to bread famine: “Let them eat cake.” [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1696]
Bastienne
unsuccessful ploy to win back Bastien. [Ger. Opera: Mozart, Bastien and Bastienne, Westerman, 83]
Defarge, Madame
feigned indifference; knitted while executions were taking place. [Br. Lit.: A Tale of Two Cities]
Laodicean
inhabitant of ancient Greek city, Laodicea; people noted for indifferent attitude toward religion. [Gk. Hist.: NCE, 1529]
Nero
(37–68) Roman Emperor who is reported to have fiddled while Rome burned. [Rom. Hist.: Misc.]
New York City
often thought of as a metropolis of cold, uncaring people. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]
Oblomov
passed life in torpor; symbolically, died sleeping. [Russ. Lit.: Oblomov]
senvy
indicates apathy and noncaring. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
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This long series of surprises increased the mistrust of D'Artagnan, as the eternal indifference of D'Artagnan provoked the suspicions of Aramis.
I am afraid there would have been a subtle, stealing gratification in her mind if she had known how entirely this saucy, defiant Stephen was occupied with her; how he was passing rapidly from a determination to treat her with ostentatious indifference to an irritating desire for some sign of inclination from her,--some interchange of subdued word or look with her.
But to Philip's mind, filled already with a vague anxiety that was likely to find a definite ground for itself in any trivial incident, this sudden eagerness in Stephen, and the change in Maggie's face, which was plainly reflecting a beam from his, seemed so strong a contrast with the previous overwrought signs of indifference, as to be charged with painful meaning.
Each new face of the thousands that came within the anthropoid's ken must be carefully scrutinized, much to the horror of many of his victims; but at last, failing, apparently, to discover whom he sought, the great ape relapsed into morbid indifference, only occasionally evincing interest in a passing face.
The sisters, on hearing this, repeated three or four times how much they were grieved, how shocking it was to have a bad cold, and how excessively they disliked being ill themselves; and then thought no more of the matter: and their indifference towards Jane when not immediately before them restored Elizabeth to the enjoyment of all her former dislike.
If there had been a number of babies before he took it for the most part with surly indifference, but if newly married he was nervous and then sometimes strove to allay his anxiety by getting drunk.
She does not scruple to speak to my husband with affectionate familiarity in my presence, when no one else is by, and is particularly fond of displaying her interest in his health and welfare, or in anything that concerns him, as if for the purpose of contrasting her kind solicitude with my cold indifference.