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waspish

mod. in the manner of a WASP. She looks sort of “waspish,” but she’s not.
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When the latter describes Dona Estefania and Dona dementa as "buenas amigas," showing no trace of waspishness (2: 289), she seems to embody a demoralized understanding of friendship for which only her social training can be responsible.
Inevitably, what links these books is a shared waspishness and frankness-though neither term does Sewell full justice.
It seems that Straussian interpreters have been concerned to empty these figures of their cultural distinctiveness, specifically, of their WASPishness, and to turn them into mere embodiments of or stand-ins for abstract, formulaic notions.
With rare exceptions, Tolstoy scholars, relying on family diaries and correspondence, have tended to interpret the Tolstoys' marriage as a feature of their biographies, that is, as a product of their personality traits, temperaments and personal choices, with the result that the scholarly literature has foregrounded Tolstoy's moodiness, contradictoriness, unpleasantness and inclination to petty jealousy as well as Tolstaya's alleged intellectual shortcomings, religious traditionalism, waspishness and "hysteria.
Late in life, with characteristic waspishness, he called Shelley a "fool.
George Szell was viewed as a martinet of a conductor, but such waspishness never comes across in this loving, dramatic and elegant reading, always understated and all the more powerful for that, of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony.
For all the starchy waspishness of her opening scenes (her initial putdown of Frank is pricelessly brusque), Dr.