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  • ...he was not indifferent to his mills; but the feeling which had once been passion for a living entity was now like the wistful tenderness one feels for the memory of the loved and dead.
  • It was the cynical indifference which Eddie Willers had seen in the eyes of the bum on the street corner.
  • They had stopped talking, they seemed to be waiting in placid indifference.
  • It was as if a shutter were slammed down, and what remained was a face without expression, impersonal, indifferent and empty.
  • she said indifferently.
  • He had said it indifferently, as a statement of fact.
  • And it was, he thought; else why those constant complaints, those unceasing accusations about his indifference?
  • The public can’t remain indifferent to reckless, selfish waste by an anti-social individual.
  • He was indifferently at home.
  • He felt nothing for them now, nothing but the merciless zero of indifference, not even the regret of a loss.
  • until Boyle spoke up with indifferent curiosity.
  • Years helped her to reach the day when she could face her memories indifferently, then the day when she felt no necessity to face them.
  • He had continued playing with his marbles, absently, indifferently, taking a shot once in a while.
  • "Why, no," the spinster said indifferently.
  • When she raised her head, she looked at him indifferently.
  • And seeing it, I would not be able to see it indifferently.
  • Then could life?-he asked himself indifferently.
  • He observed, indifferently, the devastation wrought by his own indifference.
  • She felt a bored indifference toward the immediate world around her, toward other children and adults alike.
  • The crane moved back in majestic indifference; it looked like the giant drawing of a geometrical theorem moving above the men and the earth.
  • It was his indifference that made him spectacular.
  • He stood still, feeling free of desire, feeling the bleak relief of indifference to his body, to this room, even to his presence here.
  • The owner turned impassively to fill her order; there was, in his stolid indifference, the kind of mercifulness that asks no questions.
  • She raised her face to him, in obedient indifference.
  • Pat Logan, the engineer, a short, sinewy man with graying hair and a contemptuously inscrutable face, posed in a manner of amused indifference.
  • The man stared at the money with sullen indifference, not moving, not lifting a hand for it, still clutching the two buckets.
  • He observed, indifferently, the devastation wrought by his own indifference.
  • The whole sphere of human endeavors, with one exception, left him blankly indifferent; he had no touch of that which people called culture.
  • They were indifferent to the issue, they were merely amused by the spectacle of someone’s embarrassment.
  • He felt a dreary, indifferent respect for her.
  • She was not after money-she spent little-she was indifferent to the kind of extravagance he could have afforded.
  • He stood against the wall, unaware of the crowds, indifferent to admiration.
  • The admission left him indifferent.
  • Standing alone in his half-darkened room, Rearden noted that the prospect of going to jail left him blankly indifferent.
  • Rearden sat without moving, the muscles of his cheeks pulled tight; but his glance was indifferent, focused only by the faint pull of morbid curiosity.
  • She knew that it was not indifference; she knew his face well enough to see the effort his calm cost him-she saw the faint line of a muscle pulled tight across his cheek.
  • To recognize one’s guilt, yet feel nothing but the coldest, most profound indifference-wasn’t it a betrayal of that which had been the motor of his life-course and of his pride?
  • It was a wise, slow glance; it seemed to say that he knew that Eddie’s visit to their part of the building meant trouble on the line, knew that nothing had come of the visit, and was completely indifferent to the knowledge.
  • She noticed, indifferently, the air of knowing slyness in the manner of the hotel clerks, which seemed to suggest that guests and clerks alike were accomplices in a shameful guilt: the guilt of seeking pleasure.
  • She turned and walked away indifferently, leaving them together, as if in deliberate proof of her words.
  • "I was brought up around smelters of every kind," he answered indifferently.
  • His voice tense with the anger of compassion, Francisco said, "It’s been twelve years and yet I’m still unable to see it indifferently!"
  • He looked at her indifferently, puzzled.
  • Your indifference or our destruction?
  • He was seeing the full extent of her failure-in the immensity of his own indifference.
  • She was seeing, not anger or pain or guilt, but the one inviolate enemy: indifference.
  • There was a faint movement of astonishment in Rearden’s face, barely above the line of indifference: he had not expected that particular emissary.
  • Now, he felt a contemptuous indifference and no desire to save them.
  • Do you call this indifference?
  • She felt an odd, lighthearted indifference, as if she suddenly wanted nothing but the comfort of surrendering to helplessness.
  • We’re being left to carry a greater burden, and you’re indifferent to the knowledge that you’ll see us destroyed by the looters.
  • He felt a physical sensation of cold, nothing more; he felt no concern, only a puzzled, indifferent astonishment.
  • The storekeeper was a fat, pallid woman who moved with effort, but seemed indifferent to her own discomfort.
  • She turned with indifferent astonishment to open, the door-but she knew that she should have expected him, when she saw that it was Francisco d’Anconia.
  • He thought indifferently that after a century of safety, men were once more regarding the departure of a train as an event involving a gamble with death.
  • He did not seem to be aware of her person, any more than of his own, he was indifferently ready to comply with an order which, in his condition, meant certain death.
  • The girl had blurred eyes, a perspiring face, an ermine cape and a beautiful evening gown that had slipped off one shoulder like a slovenly housewife’s bathrobe, revealing too much of her breast, not in a manner of daring, but in the manner of a drudge’s indifference.
  • Cherryl watched her walk away, and thought that Jim had been right: this sister of his was a creature of cold evil who had given her no response, no acknowledgment, no emotion of any kind except a touch of something that looked like an astonished, indifferent amusement.
  • She could not say it indifferently; there was still a breathless tone and the drop of her voice toward a whisper, when she asked, "The motor …. the motor I found …. it was you who made it?"
  • He knew, as he had known from the first, that she had seen his tears and that she had not walked past in indifference, even though her clear, toneless voice and unmoving face gave him no sign of feeling.
  • He came from a semi-wealthy, semi-distinguished family, but he sneered at wealth and distinction in a manner which implied that only a top rank aristocrat could permit himself such a degree of cynical indifference.
  • She lay half-stretched in an armchair of the living room, crumpled by that heavy, indifferent lassitude which is not the will to laziness, but the frustration of the will to a secret violence that no lesser action can satisfy.
  • She felt that she owned him, that the unnamed had been understood between them from the start-and, simultaneously, that he was able to vanish from her Me and, on some future street of the outside world, to pass her by in unweighted indifference.
  • One-way traffic-she thought indifferently-consumers’ traffic.
  • "Rearden Steel is now working at capacity," he was saying indifferently.
  • "Yeah, I guess so," he had answered indifferently.
  • It was not the knowledge of his indifference to money that now gave him a shudder of dread.
  • They stood in silence, not with the apprehensive curiosity of workmen, but with the heavy indifference of convicts.
  • They had counted on his pity and dreaded his anger; they had not dared consider the third alternative; his indifference.
  • She went on, protected from the world around her by a last armor: indifference.
  • Ragged people listened to the offers of material comforts and turned away with lethargic indifference, as if they had lost the concept of "Value."
  • You don’t think it’s indifference, do you?
  • Was it indifference that broke you and brought you here?
  • But this-she thought-this inanimate indifference was the permanent state of the people around her, of men who had no purpose and no passion.
  • She held his glance, letting him see the untroubled indifference of hers, as if she had neither cared nor understood.
  • She walked with the same unhurried indifference through the halls and through the exit of the hotel.
  • He noticed that the beggar pocketed the money in a manner as indifferent as his own.
  • It was the knowledge that he would be equally indifferent, were he reduced to the state of the beggar.
  • She looked at him, faintly startled, but otherwise indifferent.
  • When he approached, she took the glass from him with a sloppily indifferent sweep of her hand.
  • The lifeless indifference of his eyes did not fully hide that they had been intelligent; the wrinkles cutting his face with the record of some incredible bitterness, had not fully erased the fact that the face had once possessed the kindliness peculiar to honesty.
  • Were she able to feel-she thought as she walked through the concourse of the Terminal-she would know that the heavy indifference she now felt for her railroad was hatred.
  • "It’s becoming almost impossible to get iron ore," he said indifferently, then added, his voice suddenly alive, "Now it’s going to be completely impossible to get copper."
  • It was that the beggar acted as if he would have been indifferent had he received a hundred dollars or a dime or, failing to find any help whatever, had seen himself dying of starvation within this night.
  • Then she felt the touch of Rearden Metal, as her hand closed over the stem of the microphone, and it was suddenly easy, not with the drugged ease of indifference, but with the bright, clear, living ease of action.
  • In an age of casual, cynical, indifferent routine, among people who held themselves as if they were not flesh, but meat-Dagny’s bearing seemed almost indecent, because this was the way a woman would have faced a ballroom centuries ago, when the act of displaying one’s half-naked body for the admiration of men was an act of daring, when it had meaning, and but one meaning, acknowledged by all as a high adventure.
  • You’ll always produce," said Dr. Ferris indifferently, neither in praise nor in blame, merely in the tone of stating a fact of nature, as he would have said to another man: You’ll always be a bum, "You can’t help it.
  • There is no form of enjoyment that we seek from their world, and-this was hardest for us to attain-what we now feel for their world is that emotion which they preach as an ideal: indifference-the blank-the zero-the mark of death…… We are giving men everything they’ve professed to want and to seek as virtue for centuries.
  • Incredulity and indifference were her only reaction: incredulity, because she could not conceive of what would bring human beings to such a state-indifference, because she could not regard those who reached it, as human any longer.
  • Incredulity and indifference were her only reaction: incredulity, because she could not conceive of what would bring human beings to such a state-indifference, because she could not regard those who reached it, as human any longer.
  • He had pulled himself up to his feet, he was looking indifferently at the black hole open upon miles of uninhabited wilderness where no one would see the body or hear the voice of a mangled man, but the only gesture of concern he made was to tighten his grip on a small, dirty bundle, as if to make sure he would not lose it in leaping off the train.
  • She did not know that the thing which seemed so violent, yet felt like such a still, unfamiliar calm within her, was the power of full certainty-and that the anger shaking her body, the anger which made her ready, with the same passionate indifference, either to kill or to die, was her love of rectitude, the only love to which all the years of her life had been given.
  • It had been a struggle without the relief of violence, without the recognition of finding a conscious enemy, with only a deaf wall to batter, a wall of the most effective soundproofing: indifference, that swallowed blows, chords and screams-a battle of silence, for a man who could give to sounds a greater eloquence than they had ever carried-the silence of obscurity, of loneliness, of the nights when some rare orchestra played one of his works and he looked at the darkness, knowing…
  • …he always saw in the eyes of his family when they caught some evidence of his passion for his business-and the futility of his silence, of his hope that they would not think Rearden Steel meant as much to him as it did-like a drunkard pretending indifference to liquor, among people who watch him with the scornful amusement of their full knowledge of his shameful weakness…… "I heard you last night coming home at two in the morning, where were you?" his mother saying to him at the dinner…
  • "All right," she said indifferently, "I’ll come," and added, prompted by the kind of feeling that would have made her reluctant to venture without a witness into a conference of gangsters, "but I’ll bring Eddie Willers along with me," He frowned, considering it for a moment, with a look of annoyance more than anxiety.
  • The men of that caravan-thought Eddie indifferently-looked too mean-minded to become the founders of a secret, free settlement, and not mean-minded enough to become a gang of raiders; they had no more destination to find than the motionless beam of the headlight; and, like that beam, they would dissolve somewhere in the empty stretches of the country.
  • …want, and no other?-do you think that you are damning them, the things you both have lived by?-are you damning that which you are honoring in this very moment, by your very desire? …. She did not have to hear the words, she knew them, she had always known them…. After a while, she lost the glow of that knowledge, and there was nothing left but pain and the palms that were pressed to the sheet-and the almost indifferent wonder whether he, too, was awake and fighting the same torture.
  • A man’s voice answered indifferently, "About an hour.
  • As some men were escaping with their bodies into the underground of uninhabited regions, so others could only save their souls and were escaping into the underground of their minds-and no power on earth could tell whether their blankly indifferent eyes were shutters protecting hidden treasures at the bottom of shafts no longer to be mined, or were merely gaping holes of the parasite’s emptiness never to be filled.
  • It’s just an old illusion of mine," she said indifferently.
  • There was only a brief stab of shock in her eyes, then she said indifferently, the words sounding as if she were tossing alms, "By all means, Jim.
  • I don’t know," he said indifferently, and went on intently.
  • No, I guess I haven’t…… " He spoke with a quiet, indifferent astonishment.
  • I’m not going to build a line through one of their blighted areas," he said in the same indifferent voice.
  • There was still an element of wonder in the numbed indifference of her mind: Jim had always managed to switch the weight of his failures upon the strongest plants around him and to survive by destroying them to pay for his errors, as he had done with Dan Conway, as he had done with the industries of Colorado; but this did not have even the rationality of a looter-this pouncing upon the drained carcass of a weaker, a half bankrupt competitor for a moment’s delay, with nothing but a…
  • They’ve always been there," she answered indifferently.
  • He added, and she was shocked by the sudden gentleness of his voice, "I said that that kind of indifference toward a world which should have been ours was the hardest thing to attain.
  • "Okay," he said indifferently, "then let my mills superintendent buy it.
  • "You know," he said suddenly, with a cold little chuckle, "if you’re so damn anxious to hide that you came from the slums, you ought to be less indifferent to the philosophy of social welfare.
  • That capacity, which I damned as shameful, had left me indifferent to sluts, but gave me my one desire in answer to a woman’s greatness.
  • The hell I couldn’t bear to witness would be to see you being indifferent.

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  • About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
  • Before meeting us, she felt alone in an indifferent world.

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