The pantomime aspect is certainly there, but its joky
tone, one can see, has been increased by Lewis: 'Aber bei able dem, sagte Andreas Gritti: bei able dem muss ich dennoch gestehn, der Abaellino ist ein seltner Mensch, der, wenn er vielleicht an der Spizze eines Heers stande, die halbe Welt erobern wurde.
PROF Hildegard Hammerschmidt-hummel isn't the fictional name for some joky
faux Prussian academic character appearing in a satirical column.
Questions about her love life or even her age are batted away with a joky
laugh, and a polite explanation that a piece about her might benefit from some basic details fails to elicit anything more.
The identification is joky
, of course, confounding private with public sincerity, but it is also very serious.
But, in a characteristic modern ploy, his friend's phrase "have your roots" is distanced as joky
cliche by the use of ironic scare quotes.
Rossi's usual austerity (either blank walls or masonry planes penetrated by the most rigorously regular grid of rectangular windows) is set off by what -- for him -- were joky
incidents: red tops to the towers and other passages of intense colour.
But his knights on romantic quests, confounded by enchantresses, joky
and amorous, seem somewhat apart from all this.
Hitchcock himself expressed uneasiness about Mark in his characteristically joky
trailer (he is tender and caring but also dark and menacing), and the attitude deducible from the evidence of the film is markedly ambivalent.
Alliteration in Oliver's poem turns out to be loopy: dreamy and joky
Auster a beau parsemer ses recits de dins d'oeil, pirouettes et faceties postmodernes [Auster is much less subversive, much more classical than a Barth or a Coover; in vain Auster sprinkles his stories with winks, pirouettes, and joky
hints of the postmodern]" (156).
Critics have constantly raised their eyebrows at the mixture of serious and comic elements in the book, at the combination of private and public allusions, at its mix of history and fantasy, but above all, at its ostensible, if joky
, claim to be a biography.
Here are some of my all-time favorite squares, ranging from a joky
little 1-by-1 up to a 12-by-12 attempt.