Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a heart, like marble; hard-hearted; cruel; insensible; incapable of being moved by pity, love, or sympathy.
“QUESTION: Do you remember Tennyson's great statement that "ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend"?”
“To which the marble-hearted parent rejoined that there was a — sort of a kind of a — nursery, and it might be”
“Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend!', he lashes out at Goneril when she demands that he 'disquantity' his retinue of a hundred followers.”
“Why should I wait the lingering process of an unfeeling tyrant that is slowly tearing me to pieces, and not dare so much as die but when and how the marble-hearted thing decrees?”
“But a marble-hearted companion, who, if you should by chance give way to an impetuous fancy, or an extravagant imagination, looks at you with a dead fish's eye, and asks you to write the name under your picture -- I would as soon ride in a post chaise with a lunatic, or sleep with a corse.”
“QUOTATION: Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend!”
“It cannot be said with precision that he writhed; his movement was more a slow, continuous squirm, effected with a ghastly assumption of languid indifference; while his gaze, in the effort to escape the marble-hearted glare of his schoolmates, affixed itself with apparent permanence to the waistcoat button of James Russell Lowell just above the "U" in "Russell.”
“Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend," to use the words of the bard; to think that after all our services to them, the managers, too blind to see the obvious causes of their distress, should dream of abolishing the "harmless necessary" deadhead, who often has rendered to them assistance like that of the mouse "i 'the fable" to the lion.”
“Catherine of Aragon, the black Spanish hen that stole her nest, brought out nine chicks this morning, and the business-like and marble-hearted Phoebe has taken them away and given them to another hen who has only seven.”
“And, as if all this analytic rodomontade was not enough, we are told in characteristic rhetorical vagueness that he was a pitiless watchman, a marble-hearted spy, a”
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