There was a cool recklessness in his face and a cynical humor in his mouth as he smiled at her, and Scarlett caught her breath.
We should have paid heed to cynics like Butler who knew, instead of statesmen who felt—and talked.
He is a cynic.
There was an orgy of grabbing and over all there was a cold cynicism about open theft in high places that was chilling to contemplate.
What was that old saying, that cynical saying?
He could tell, with apparent sincerity and approval, stories of courage and honor and virtue and love in the odd places he had been, and follow them with ribald stories of coldest cynicism.
Even the cynical coolness of the war days, the drunken madness that drove him the night he carried her up the stairs, his hard fingers bruising her body, or the barbed drawling words that she now realized had covered a bitter love.
He’s a gentleman," said Rhett, and Scarlett wondered how it was possible to convey such cynicism and contempt in that one honorable word.
It would have been—well, disrespectful to—it would have seemed as if I hadn’t lov—" His eyes waited on her words, cynical amusement in them, and she could not go on.