Ruth--the only other character--is numbly
silent through the telling, silent while hypnotically moving the soil on the stage, rubbing salt into animal skins, the burden of an empty baby carrier strapped to her back.
Harry thought of how the Dursleys had once shut him up, locked him away, kept him out of sight, all for the crime of being a wizard.
20) Baumeister sees this condition as a state in which people numbly
and mechanically go about their lives, and in which impulsive and self-destructive behavior becomes more likely.
Behind her, a line stretched for kilometers as women sat numbly
in their vehicles, their children playing in the street outside the cars.
Or take Elio Vittorini's abstracted Sicily, with its abstract furies, from Conversazione in Sicilia (Conversations in Sicily, 1941) and compare it with the Sicily of Brancati, represented in a work from the same year, Gli anni perduti (The Lost Years): dreaming, slothful, euphoric, and ill, quarantined from any enthusiasm for progressive politics, but numbly
We might shake our heads in horror or numbly
watch at the awful reports.
They were sitting or standing in the bus stop or standing outside shops or passing by and numbly
watched me, an innocent small Chinese woman being surrounded by a gang of teenagers and attacked by one of them spraying canned foam at me in broad daylight.
The smell of smoke makes me nauseated & numbly
I listen to him revert to the familiar account of how he'd first seen me, he has told me this several times in virtually the same words, I am listening in dismay, in disgust & impatience & when he prepares to leave my apartment at midnight I tell him:
Restructur[ing] our ordinary perception of reality," the investigative lyric dandelion jams the circulation of the familiar "so that we end up seeing the world instead of numbly
recognizing it" (Hawkes 62).
His thick skilful butcher's hands, hairy on the backs, gripped the fork numbly
Possessions somewhat numbly
divided--books, furniture and dogs--I unpack and realize I have no cookbook.
Some of them travelled helpless in scaled cattle trucks to places, some stood numbly
waiting unarmed in freezing minefields, some also went voluntarily, silent with guns in their hands for clearly they saw their personal place and role in the fighting -- now the angel of freedom guards their great dreams in the night.
Lolling about in this hell, old bird, your beak numbly
Now try to talk him about Sajid and he numbly
asks, " Who?
Guiltily conscious of his own deviance from the community norm, Aaron numbly
warns the man of what a visit by the "purity police" would involve.