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  • Philip’s face assumed a look of reproach.
  • "Have you had any dinner, Henry?" his mother asked; there was a reproachful impatience in her voice, as if his hunger were a personal insult to her.
  • "I am thinking of your name," she said, while another part of her mind was crying to her that reproaches were useless.
  • He felt a stab of regret, wishing he had not made the bracelet, then a wave of self-reproach for the regret.
  • Philip asked-and Rearden heard, unable to believe it, that the tone of his voice was reproachful.
  • Shall I beat you to it and name the consequences you were going to reproach me for?
  • Is this a compliment or a reproach, Miss Taggart?
  • Francisco had said it very simply, neither as a reproach nor a plea, but in a manner which, strangely, acknowledged Rearden’s dignity and his own.
  • Rearden could accept any form of reproach, abuse, damnation anyone chose to throw at him; the only human reaction which he would not accept was pity.
  • Days later, sitting at her desk at Rockdale Station, feeling lightheartedly at home, Dagny thought of the party and shrugged in contemptuous reproach at her own disappointment.
  • He noticed that rising to leave and muttering some sort of good-byes, Larkin had a wounded, reproachful, mouth-pinched look, as if he, Larkin, were the injured party.
  • His manner had conveyed a peculiar note of condescending reproach whenever she attempted to make the conversation specific, as if she were giving proof of ill-breeding by breaking some unwritten code known to everyone else.
  • Through all the years past, his consideration for them had brought him nothing but their maliciously righteous reproaches.
  • He had never had a desire to hurt them, but he had always felt their defensive, reproachful expectation; they seemed wounded by anything he said, it was not a matter of his words or actions, it was almost …. almost as if they were Wounded by the mere fact of his being.
  • Lillian shook her head in smiling reproach.
  • Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame.
  • He raised his eyes to hers; there was no reproach in his glance, only the knowledge of that which he had not suspected when he heard her request, but had guessed since.
  • And if you haven’t, then what is the point of fighting a battle that you can’t win? I suppose that one might find some satisfaction in being a martyr, if one is above reproach.
  • But she felt no pain from it and no reproach, only the rising fullness of her love, only the feeling that she was going to join him, not in death, but in that which had been his life.
  • The family’s diplomas had always hung on the wall in the manner of a reproach to the world, because the diplomas had not automatically produced the material equivalents of their attested spiritual value.
  • she thought, his course was just, and this was the horror of it, that there was no other course for justice to select, that she could not condemn him, that she could neither approve nor utter a word of reproach.
  • He had to read it: there had been too much talk about this issue in the last three months, ominously too much, He read it, with the sound of voices and forced laughter coming from downstairs, reminding him that the guests were arriving, that the party had started and that he would face the bitter, reproachful glances of his family when he came down.
  • Dr. Ferris spread out his hands in a gesture of reproachful helplessness.
  • The two men were looking at her, she saw no reproach in their faces, only a look of understanding which was almost compassion.
  • But Galt understood; he glanced at her and the glance was part amusement, part contemptuous reproach.
  • His mother stared at Rearden in reproachful bewilderment; she said nothing, but she kept bursting into tears in his presence, her manner suggesting that her tears were the most important aspect to consider in whatever disaster it was that she sensed approaching.
  • "If you decide to go back, it will be the last, for a long time," There was no reproach and no sadness in his voice, only some softened quality as sole evidence of emotion.
  • She took the blame, she took the beating of self reproach-against some bleakly stubborn certainty which told her that something was wrong and that the thing she felt was fear.
  • With a look of stubborn bewilderment, with the last of her effort at self-deceit, she moaned in a voice of tearfully petulant reproach, "Are you really incapable of forgiveness?"
  • Dagny-he thought desperately-Dagny, who had never said a word about his life at home, who had never made a claim, uttered a reproach or asked a question-he could not appear before her with his wife, he could not let her see him as the husband being proudly shown off-he wished he could die now, in this moment, before he committed this action-because he knew that he would commit it.
  • He heard his own answer of the past: "I supposeJames Taggart?" and Francisco’s voice saying without reproach: "No, Mr. Rearden, it’s not James Taggart,"-but here, in this room and this moment, his mind answered: "I am."
  • Then Lawson said softly, half in reproach, half in scorn, "Well, after all, you businessmen have kept predicting disasters for years, you’ve cried catastrophe at every progressive measure and told us that we’ll perish-but we haven’t."
  • …would never have the right to leavethe thought that he owed her at least the feeble recognition of sympathy, of respect for a feeling he could neither understand nor returnthe knowledge that he could summon nothing for her, except contempt, a strange, total, unreasoning contempt, impervious to pity, to reproach, to his own pleas for justice-and, hardest to bear, the proud revulsion against his own verdict, against his demand that he consider himself lower than this woman he despised.
  • …had resigned suddenly, without explanation-he had to do it at once-men of that sort were so hard to find-and if anything happened to break the flow of the rolling mills-it was the Taggart rail that was being rolled…… He remembered the silent reproach, the look of accusation, long-bearing patience and scorn, which 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…
  • He seemed eager to display her in the best drawing rooms of the city, and he never uttered a word of reproach for her ignorance, for her awkwardness, for those terrible moments when a silent exchange of glances among the guests and a burst of blood to her cheekbones told her that she had said the wrong thing again.
  • That’s very unfair of you," he said; there was a dry little note of righteous reproach in his voice.
  • She saw the expression on Dagny’s face, and added slowly, quizzically, without reproach, merely in sad amusement, "I see.
  • …on the afterglow of the minds of others, offering their denial of the mind as their only claim to distinction, and a craving to control the world as their only lust-she, the woman hanger-on of that elite, wearing their shopworn sneer as her answer to the universe, holding impotence as superiority and emptiness as virtue-he, unaware of their hatred, innocently scornful of their posturing fraud-she, seeing him as the danger to their world, as a threat, as a challenge, as a reproach.
  • Rearden’s anger was involuntary, the cry, not of reproach, but of despair: "How can you waste yourself that way?
  • "Miss Taggart, Miss Taggart," said the chairman in a tone of pleading reproach, "there shouldn’t be any hard feelings among us.
  • "The great businesswoman," she said, "above reproach and feminine weaknesses.
  • Her voice was low, its intensity was both a surrender and a scornful reproach: "You know better than that, don’t you?
  • She was supposed to be above reproach," He was staring down at her with the heavy, blind stare of impotent hatred-a hatred of which she was the sudden symbol, not the object.

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  • She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
  • Don’t reproach yourself for things beyond your control.

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