Monday, July 6, 2009

Quotes: Personality (1)

Personality 914 "There was nothing so antipodal to his nature as this man’s cold, unimaginative sagacity." Hawthorne: “The Artist of the Beautiful.” He greeted his beautiful creations with a cold, uncomprehending stare.

Personality 41 " Outwardly…he showed only a buoyant recklessness, as if wrapped in a cloak of gay, wanton levity; but down beneath all this lay a stern determination of purpose, a driving force, so strong that she shrank back from the least contact with it." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth. On the surface, he was like anyone else, but deep below that personality was a driving, determined purpose that put her off.

Personality 43 "There was something in that sad resignation of hers which he was powerless against". Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth. Her sadness was a wall against his attempts to approach her.

Personality 325 "She came out of her several conflicting poses…." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street. Which pose was her real personality?

Personality 52 "In comparison with his brother, Edmund would have nothing to say: the soup would be sent round in a most spiritless manner, wine drank without any smiles, or agreeable trifling, and the venison cut up without supplying one pleasant anecdote of any former haunch, or a single entertaining story about ‘my friend such a one.’ "Austen, Mansfield Park. In short, a deadbeat personality.

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