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gaunt
used in Atlas Shrugged

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very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
  • His body seemed designed as an exercise in consistency of style, a style made of gauntness, of tight flesh, long legs and swift movements.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (78% in)
  • His body was tall and gaunt; he had always been too tall for those around him.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (10% in)
  • The statue was of a young man with a tall, gaunt body and an angular face.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (85% in)
  • His cold, blue eyes made two horizontal cuts across the gaunt planes of his face; they remained horizontal, impassively half-closed; he said evenly, without emphasis: 'I'll do it.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (78% in)
  • His gaunt face, with staring eyes and shrunken features that had been delicate, still retained a trace of distinction.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (27% in)
  • The face was like his words-as if the line of a single theme ran from the steady glance of the eyes, through the gaunt muscles of the cheeks, to the faintly scornful, downward curve of the mouth-the line of a ruthless asceticism.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (79% in)
  • The slacks stressed the long lines of his legs, the light, firm posture of standing without effort or being ready to swing forward at an instant's notice; the short sleeves stressed the gaunt strength of his arms; the open shirt bared the tight skin of his chest.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (73% in)
  • The course was hard to trace: the gaunt figure on the edge of the desk was erect, the cold blue eyes showed nothing but the intensity of a glance fixed upon a great distance, only the inflexible mouth betrayed a line drawn by pain.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (86% in)
  • The light cloth of his shirt seemed to stress, rather than hide, the structure of his figure, his skin was suntanned, his body had the hardness, the gaunt, tensile strength, the clean precision of a foundry casting, he looked as if he were poured out of metal, but some dimmed, soft-lustered metal, like an aluminum-copper alloy, the color of his skin blending with the chestnut-brown of his hair, the loose strands of the hair shading from brown to gold in the sun, and his eyes completing...
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (1% in)
  • The long lines of his body, running from his ankles to the flat hips, to the angle of the waist, to the straight shoulders, looked like a statue of ancient Greece, sharing that statue's meaning, but stylized to a longer, lighter, more active form and a gaunter strength, suggesting more restless an energy-the body, not of a chariot driver, but of a builder of airplanes.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (75% in)

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