arrogant aggressiveness

Yet though Herr von Pasenow was not displeased with himself, there were people whom the looks of this old man filled with discomfort, and who could not comprehend how any woman could ever have looked upon him or embraced him with desire in her eyes; and at most they would allow him only the Polish maids on his estate, and held that even these he must have got round by that slightly hysterical and yet arrogant aggressiveness which is often characteristic of small men.

Hermann Broch, The Sleepwalkers


inexplicable repulsion

IN the year 1888 Herr von Pasenow was seventy, and there were people who felt an extraordinary and inexplicable repulsion when they saw him coming towards them in the streets of Berlin, indeed, who in their dislike of him actually maintained that he must be an evil old man.

Hermann Broch, The Sleepwalkers

steps and nuances

There’d only been the initial Autumn Souvenir rehearsal because the stager in charge of their production, who’d teach them all the ballet steps and nuances, was still finishing up staging work in Seattle.

Terez Mertes Rose, Off Balance

one dull spot

‘The seasons change, and spring
Renews the bloom of fruit and flower ;
And birds with fluttering wing
Give life again to dell and bower.
But what is woman’s lot ?
No change her anxious heart to cheer,
Confined to one dull spot
And one dull husband all the year.’

Claud Field, Persian Literature

soft and captivating

Among the things forbidden to women is allowing their features to be seen by men not wearing turbans—unless, indeed, they are handsome, and have soft and captivating manners. In that case their veils may be drawn aside without the apprehension of incurring blame or in any degree exceeding the discretionary power with which they are traditionally invested.

Claud Field, Persian Literature

seed of sin

Since you in the field of the world always sow the seed of sin, and expect that at the day of retribution, which is the time of harvest, you shall be blessed with good fruit, I also conjectured that this millet-seed would produce barley.’

Claud Field, Persian Literature

ye avaricious

It is content that makes men rich. Mark this, ye avaricious, who traverse the world : He neither knows nor pays adoration to his God Who is dissatisfied with his condition and fortune.’

Claud Field, Persian Literature