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  • Their words were not mawkish melodrama; they meant what they said.†   (source)
  • Sabina's path of betrayals would then continue elsewhere, and from the depths of her being, a silly mawkish song about two shining windows and the happy family living behind them would occasionally make its way into the unbearable lightness of being.†   (source)
  • In fact, I tried to write many things, but my mind was so boggled by the circumstances of my students and my own life was so uncertain and without direction that I found myself writing mawkish doggerel and prose of an extraordinary purplish tinge.†   (source)
  • We have come to hold, in a kind of mawkish stupor, that greatness is to be gauged by self-sacrifice.†   (source)
  • Eugene, when he first noticed an occurrence of this sort, was getting on to his fifth year: shame gathered in him in tangled clots, aching in his throat; he twisted his neck about convulsively, smiling desperately as he did later when he saw poor buffoons or mawkish scenes in the theatre.†   (source)
  • Alas, alas, that knowledge, in itself so hateful and mawkish a thing, should yet be necessary for Power!†   (source)
  • I shall tell them that our courts, swamped with mawkish sentimentality, are no longer fit instruments to safeguard the public peace!†   (source)
  • He was astonished at its religious tone, which seemed to him neither mawkish nor sentimental.†   (source)
  • You are a soft-hearted, mawkish creature; how could you hate any one?†   (source)
  • I am not saying this now from any mawkish kind of remorse.†   (source)
  • His face was red, and his nose was crimson; his eyes were moist and mawkishly sweet.†   (source)
  • At Heidelberg I met a fat veterinary surgeon whose voice broke with sobs as he repeated some mawkish poetry.†   (source)
  • My occupation during these leisure hours perhaps would strike my old friends East as idle, silly, mawkish.†   (source)
  • Deriving his idiosyncrasies from both sides of the Channel, he showed at such junctures as the present the inelasticity of the Englishman, together with that blindness to the line where sentiment verges on mawkishness, characteristic of the French.†   (source)
  • It would have been good-natured except for a look in the eyes, which shone with a watery, mawkish light under almost white, blinking eyelashes.†   (source)
  • You'd hear of odd things if I lived alone with that mawkish, waxen face: the most ordinary would be painting on its white the colours of the rainbow, and turning the blue eyes black, every day or two: they detestably resemble Linton's.'†   (source)
  • Yet, another mug of beer?" and one and another successively having buried their blond whiskers in the mawkish draught, curled them and swaggered off into the fair.†   (source)
  • Her whole manner seemed changed for the better since yesterday, there was scarcely any trace of that mawkish sweetness in her speech, of that voluptuous softness in her movements.†   (source)
  • 'Yes, Arkady, yes, I have other things to say to you, but I'm not going to say them, because that's sentimentalism—that means, mawkishness.†   (source)
  • …offer—
    I shall always remember it, that I know ….
    even in my dreams."
    She turned to Eumaeus,
    ordered the good swineherd now to set the bow
    and the gleaming iron axes out before the suitors.
    He broke into tears as he received them, laid them down.
    The cowherd wept too, when he saw his master's bow.
    But Antinous wheeled on both and let them have it:
    "Yokels, fools—you can't tell night from day!
    You mawkish idiots, why are you sniveling here?
    You're stirring up your mistress!†   (source)
  • Wine soaked and softened rolled pith of bread mustard a moment mawkish cheese.†   (source)
  • Mawkish pulp her mouth had mumbled sweetsour of her spittle.†   (source)
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