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The Idiot
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  • "Well, go on! never mind me!" mocked the other.
  • He does not know—how should he, mocker that he is?
  • "You don’t seem to want to tell us," said Aglaya, with a mocking air.
  • But it must be gone through She is restless, mocking, deceitful, violent….
  • His mouth curved in a mocking smile.
  • His clothes certainly were very different; they were more fashionable, perhaps even too much so, and anyone inclined to mockery might have found something to smile at in his appearance.
  • Why"—he continued with sudden warmth—"does she create the choicest beings only to mock at them?
  • No, the idea of mockery was far from me; I only meant to praise you.
  • I have grown convinced that nature is full of mockery—you called me an atheist just now, but you know this nature…. why are you laughing again?
  • As for myself, a man of the late nineteenth century, I, of course, should reason differently; I say so plainly, and therefore you need not jeer at me nor mock me, gentlemen.
  • Yes, nature is full of mockery!
  • Evgenie Pavlovitch gazed at him in real surprise, and this time his expression of face had no mockery in it whatever.
  • Although you don’t know his name you make a mockery of his form, following the example of Voltaire.
  • "You are shockingly naive, prince," said Lebedeff’s nephew in mocking tones.
  • "How dare you grin at me like that?" she shouted furiously, rushing at the invalid, whose mocking smile drove her to distraction.
  • Do you know that a woman is capable of driving a man crazy almost, with her cruelties and mockeries, and feels not one single pang of regret, because she looks at him and says to herself, ’There!
  • His words seemed tinged with a kind of sarcastic mockery, yet he was extremely agitated, casting suspicious glances around him, growing confused, and constantly losing the thread of his ideas.
  • Every high quality, every brilliant trait of heart and mind, are to be found in her, and, with it all, so much caprice and mockery, such wild fancies—indeed, a little devil!
  • But Evgenie Pavlovitch (as the prince was ready to wager) both comprehended and tried his best to show that he comprehended; his smile was too mocking to leave any doubt on that point.
  • There was a sensation of bitterness, a sort of mocking contempt, mingled with it.
  • Why make all these excuses?" interrupted Aglaya in a mocking tone of voice.
  • "Oh no," continued the prince thoughtfully, not noticing Aglaya’s mocking tone, "I was almost always silent there.

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  • I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
  • Abuses at Abu Ghraib made a mockery of American idealism.

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