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- adjective Like an
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- adjective resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine
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One factor that may make it more palatable and not so cloying is that Karim is experiencing these feelings and situations for the first time, yet reacts in a way that not even an average fifteen-year-old in a coming-of-age story would, because he's not solely an innocent -- he's nearly a machine, and the novel is the story of his deepening resistance to that automatonlike sensibility.
Beyond displaying the kind of parenting that helped make his daughter the automatonlike workaholic depicted in the profile, Mr. Dyson misses the point.
I kept them at the proper level, and when they reached the forward edge of the altar I cooperated with the summoning spell, increasing the force of each automatonlike step that I took.
a calm, impassive, unemotional sternness about all that he said and did -- official, automatonlike -- that precluded the possibility of any jest or meaningless form.