"I thought that you always thought so," she answered, her voice insolently casual.
He had followed them and he stood looking at them with the insolence of exaggerated earnestness.
Dr. Ferris1 eyes flickered briefly to his face; the sparkle of insolence was too swift to be identified with certainty.
He smiled, the unchanged, insolent, brilliant smile of his childhood.
She saw that the trim, confident girls had a nasty insolence of manner when they spoke to Jim, as if they did not respect him and never had.
She felt the excitement of solving problems, the insolent delight of taking up a challenge and disposing of it without effort, the eagerness to meet another, harder test.
They seemed to be applauding the speaker, in insolent defiance of authority.
A young man, with a look of alcoholic insolence, staggered past the group and snapped, chuckling, "Learned your lesson, Rearden?"
He was studying her insolently.
His voice was slipping into whining insolence.
He looked at her bandages, weighing the question, his glance almost insolent in its open curiosity.
She met his eyes with that insolent glance which is a smile without movement of facial muscles.
He smiled again with that insolently personal quality which now seemed to say that he knew the threat contained in his answer and what it meant to her, then he rose from the table.
He pressed the switch of the radio, watching her face openly, intently, almost insolently.
Dr. Ferris smiled in a manner of innocence and insolence together.
It was not the man’s insolence-he had not sought any gratitude, he had not been moved by pity, his gesture had been automatic and meaningless.
What permits any insolent beggar to wave his sores in the face of his betters and to plead for help in the tone of a threat?
He was a lanky, nervous man, with loose gestures and an insolent voice, who looked like a side-show barker.
A morality that dares to tell you to find happiness in the renunciation of your happiness-to value the failure of your values-is an insolent negation of morality.
She noticed some faces in the crowd staring at her with a peculiar look: with a veiled resentment and the kind of insolent curiosity that made her suddenly conscious of being a woman.
In the bare, dim hall of reinforced concrete, he was met by a man who might have been an officer, except that his tunic was open at the throat and a cigarette hung insolently in the corner of his mouth.
"The name of this monstrous absurdity is Original Sin, "A sin without volition is a slap at morality and an insolent contradiction in terms: that which is outside the possibility of choice is outside the province of morality.
The same wonder struck him again, when, walking down an alley between the mill structures, he caught sight of a slouching figure whose posture combined an air of insolence with an air of expecting to be swatted: it was his brother Philip.
It’s I who am practicalhe thought-I have no choice …. I have no other way …. I’ll show all those insolent gangsters, who forget that I am Robert Stadler …. They will all collapse, but I won’t! …. I’ll survive! …. I’ll win! …. I’ll show them!
Give the benefit of the doubt to those who seek to know; but treat as potential killers those specimens of insolent depravity who make demands upon you, announcing that they have and seek no reasons, proclaiming, as a license, that they ’just feel if —or those who reject an irrefutable argument by saying: ’It’s only logic’ which means: ’It’s only reality.’
It was as if a sum of years hit Rearden in the face, by means of a sensation and a sight: the exact sensation of what he had felt in the cab of the first train’s engine on the John Galt Line-and the sight of Philip’s eyes, the pale, half-liquid eyes presenting the uttermost of human degradation: an uncontested pain, and, with the obscene insolence of a skeleton toward a living being, demanding that this pain be held as the highest of values.
The third had said, his voice belligerently insolent, that he would attempt the task on a ten-year contract at twenty-five thousand dollars a year-"After all, Miss Taggart, if you expect to make huge profits on that motor, it’s you who should pay for the gamble of my time.
It’s my …. What are you laughing at?" he asked, seeing the look of relief, of silent laughter that did not seem to be directed at his words-and then, before she answered, he smiled suddenly, as if he had guessed the answer, she saw some particular, intensely personal quality in his smile, which was almost a quality of insolent intimacy-in contrast to the calmly impersonal, casual manner with which he went on.
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I don’t recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.