They never came back to see their mother, and the latter being, like many persons of active mind and dominating will, sedentary and corpulent in her habit, had philosophically remained at home.
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The headline read: Appeals Court Says Corpulent Cop Can Keep His Job
To be fair, the French can be just as guilty of falling back on outdated stereotypes. They tend, for example, to view Germans as loud, corpulent, penny-pinching, beer-swilling summer-time beach invaders who turn bright pink as soon as the sun appears. (Come to think of it, that’s how they describe the Brits, too.)
Bruce Crumley -- Time, "France Shrugs as a German Takes Over the Michelin Guide", 12/21/08