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  • adj. Not emphatic

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  • adj. not emphasized


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  • Character and plot are stripped to the bone, the former presented to us entirely through mundane actions, with no attempt at "psychological realism" (thus we never really get to "know" Carver's characters, we just watch them wandering through their lives), the latter flattening out Freytag's triangle to an unemphatic succession of events.

    Writing and Publishing

  • This had some quiet patches – a pigeon dish that was a little unemphatic, lamb that also seemed polite – but at its best is truly exceptional.

    Restaurant: Gauthier Soho, London W1

  • He asked, making his voice unemphatic, hardly interested:

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • Mike D'Angelo at ScreenGrab: "For me, a little of this unemphatic, anti-dramatic naturalism goes a pretty long way - I'm still hoping for an entire movie by Hou as impassioned and beguiling as the lovely first section of his last feature, Three Times."

    GreenCine Daily: Cannes. The Flight of the Red Balloon.

  • For those few years Joy and I feasted on love, every mode of it – solemn and merry, romantic and realistic, sometimes as dramatic as a thunderstorm, sometimes as comfortable and unemphatic as putting on your soft slippers.

    The Reverent Heart

  • The unemphatic versions are I shall, you will, he will, etc.

    "People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with."

  • Far away, distant, beautiful, irrelevant, from out of a little cluster of secondhand bookshops, ecclesiastical residences, and the inns and incidentals of a decaying market town, the cathedral of Lowchester pointed a beautiful, unemphatic spire to vague incredible skies.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • I hesitated, I saw nothing in her past to fit her for that work; but in a week or two she brought a translation of some heroic tale, what tale I cannot now remember, in the dialect of the neighbourhood, where one discovers the unemphatic cadence, the occasional poignancy of Tudor English.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • She was born to be the adored of poets, since poets require safety; someone who sits sewing, who says, “I hate, I love,” who is neither comfortable nor prosperous, but has some quality in accordance with the high but unemphatic beauty of pure style which those who create poetry so particularly admire.

    The Waves

  • If sometimes the size of the whole is oppressive, and the unemphatic story monotonous, suddenly in the flash of a phrase a detail is lit up: we see the monks “in the lazy gloom of their convents”; statues become unforgettably “that inanimate people”; the

    The Death of the Moth, and other essays


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