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Atlas Shrugged
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  • She was startled to see him looking at her with a touch of derision, as if he were mocking her estimate...
  • Both of them smiled derisively.
  • When she looked up at his face, he was smiling down at her confidently, derisively.
  • It was an actual scream; she chuckled derisively.
  • When she opened her eyes, she was looking at Galt, He was smiling, family, derisively, as if he knew fully what this meant to her.
  • The eldest judge leaned forward across the table and his voice became suavely derisive: "You speak as if you were fighting for some sort of principle, Mr. Rearden, but what you’re actually fighting for is only your property, isn’t it?"
  • She could read nothing in his eyes, except a hint of derision, as if he knew what answer she was seeking and that she would not find it in his face.
  • By the rules of the complicated pretense which all those people played for one another’s benefit, they should have considered his stand as incomprehensible folly; there should have been rustles of astonishment and derision; there were none; they sat still; they understood.
  • He remembered her hammering derision of his work, his mills, his Metal, his success, he remembered her desire to see him drunk, just once, her attempts to push him into infidelity, her pleasure at the thought that he had fallen to the level of some sordid romance, her terror on discovering that that romance had been an attainment, not a degradation.
  • But he would corner Dagny and he would smile derisively, saying, "AH those airs you put on, pretending that you’re an iron woman with a mind of her own!
  • I? I was merely questioning him about one of our most important future strikers-as I questioned him about many others," The hint of derision remained in his eyes; he knew that she had wanted to hear this, but that this was not the answer to the one question she feared.

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  • Critics derided her as unprofessional.
  • He derided his student’s attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics

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