The hand soon stopped in the midst of them; the light that had always been feeble and dim behind the weak transparency, went out; and even Mrs. Gradgrind, emerged from the shadow in which man walketh and disquieteth himself in vain, took upon her the dread solemnity of the sages and patriarchs.
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He is the patriarch of the extended family.
I think Overbearing Eurocentric Patriarchs would be perfect, but I don’t suggest it.