Most of its parts were missing, but enough was left to convey some idea of its former shape and purpose.
It was their daily duty to serve as audience for some public— figure who made utterances about the public good, in phrases carefully chosen to convey no meaning.
Unaccountably, by an association of feeling that astonished her, she remembered what had conveyed to her recently the same sense of consummate joy as his.
Wyatt held her glance for a moment; his answer had a tone of solemn intensity strangely conveyed by a smiling voice.
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.
His only mark of distinction seemed to be a bulbous nose, a bit too large for the rest of him; his manner was meek, but it conveyed a preposterous hint, the hint of a threat deliberately kept furtive, yet intended to be recognized.
Dr. Ferris conveyed none of it.
The voice conveyed an anxious concern over the impropriety of keeping her waiting.
His facial muscles moved abruptly, and the movement vanished, having conveyed no expression.
In spite of its rigid formality, her tone conveyed the question: Shall I throw him out?
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"I know it," said Rearden; his voice conveyed no reaction.
The sound conveyed no shock or censure, it was merely a vocal punctuation mark, denoting the acceptance of a fact.
He spoke in a careless, offhand manner, as if explaining the obvious to a group of adolescents; his tone conveyed the assurance of a man who knows that the moral ground of his stand is not open to question.
The chief engineer was looking at him impassively, as if words were not conveying anything any longer.
Mr. Weatherby’s tone had a kind of placid righteousness, as if he were reciting a formula required to convey another meaning, clear to all of them; he was looking straight at Taggart, in special emphasis of the unstated.
There were careful entries, each conveying four possible meanings, with references which led to references which led to a final reference which was missing from the files.
He felt the clutching of the boy’s hand; it conveyed the violent eagerness of the answer; the voice was only a whisper: "I’ll try, Mr. Rearden."
He had been shaking with terror-yet she had caught a few glances thrown shrewdly at her face, which had seemed, inconceivably, to convey a touch of triumph.
The strangeness of his manner was its simplicity; he spoke as if he were being completely natural and-in the midst of unanswered questions and of a tragic mystery-he conveyed the impression that there were no secrets any longer, and no mystery need ever have existed.
He watched them utter mechanical generalities, recite vague phrases of fraudulent evidence, play an intricate game of stretching words to convey no facts and no meaning.
The words were obviously chosen to convey no specific meaning whatever; she wondered how one could pretend that one was hearing a speech; yet that was what the passengers were doing.
She wondered at how strange it was that this word-which was supposed to be the simplest in the human language, the word understood by all, the universal bond among men-conveyed to her no meaning whatever.
She could hear the sound of a voice beyond the door, but so faintly that she could not tell whether it was the voice of one man or the conversation of two; she could not distinguish the words or the emotional quality of the tone: it was only a low, even progression of sounds that seemed normal and did not convey the pitch of raised voices.
In whatever silent crumbling had gone on at the distant headquarters, in the slow dissolution of a great airline company, the Sanders monoplane had been forgotten-as assets of this nature were being forgotten everywhere …. as the model of the motor had been forgotten on a junk pile and, left in plain sight, had conveyed nothing to the inheritors and the takers-over…… There were no rules to tell the young attendant whether he was expected to keep the Sanders plane or not.
A year ago, he would have told himself that this was her way of making amends; he would have choked his revulsion against her words, words which conveyed nothing to him but the fog of the meaningless; he would have violated his mind to give them meaning, even if he did not understand; he would have ascribed to her the virtue of sincerity in her own terms, even if they were not his.
Then James Taggart said in that biting, nervous tone which is intended to convey anger, but merely confesses uncertainty, "I wouldn’t exaggerate the importance of Buzzy Watts of the National Shippers Council.