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indifferent
used in Atlas Shrugged

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Definition
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
  • ...he was not indifferent to his mills; but the feeling which had once been passion for a living entity was now like the wistful tenderness one feels for the memory of the loved and dead.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (3% in)
indifferent = without interest
  • It was a wise, slow glance; it seemed to say that he knew that Eddie's visit to their part of the building meant trouble on the line, knew that nothing had come of the visit, and was completely indifferent to the knowledge.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (40% in)
  • It was the cynical indifference which Eddie Willers had seen in the eyes of the bum on the street corner.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (40% in)
  • It was as if a shutter were slammed down, and what remained was a face without expression, impersonal, indifferent and empty.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (51% in)
  • A man's voice answered indifferently, "About an hour.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (55% in)
  • They had stopped talking, they seemed to be waiting in placid indifference.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (56% in)
  • And it was, he thought; else why those constant complaints, those unceasing accusations about his indifference?
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (68% in)
  • He felt nothing for them now, nothing but the merciless zero of indifference, not even the regret of a loss.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (70% in)
  • The public can't remain indifferent to reckless, selfish waste by an anti-social individual.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (11% in)
  • Nobody found anything else to say. until Boyle spoke up with indifferent curiosity.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (25% in)
  • She felt a bored indifference toward the immediate world around her, toward other children and adults alike.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (32% in)
  • The girl had blurred eyes, a perspiring face, an ermine cape and a beautiful evening gown that had slipped off one shoulder like a slovenly housewife's bathrobe, revealing too much of her breast, not in a manner of daring, but in the manner of a drudge's indifference.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (11% in)
  • It had been a struggle without the relief of violence, without the recognition of finding a conscious enemy, with only a deaf wall to batter, a wall of the most effective soundproofing: indifference, that swallowed blows, chords and screams-a battle of silence, for a man who could give to sounds a greater eloquence than they had ever carried-the silence of obscurity, of loneliness, of the nights when some rare orchestra played one of his works and he looked at the darkness, knowing...
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (15% in)
  • You look unappetizing in the morning. she said indifferently.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (29% in)
  • The whole sphere of human endeavors, with one exception, left him blankly indifferent; he had no touch of that which people called culture.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (58% in)
  • No, I guess I haven't...... " He spoke with a quiet, indifferent astonishment.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (64% in)
  • I'm not going to build a line through one of their blighted areas," he said in the same indifferent voice.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (65% in)
  • The crane moved back in majestic indifference; it looked like the giant drawing of a geometrical theorem moving above the men and the earth.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (92% in)
  • He had said it indifferently, as a statement of fact.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (99% in)
  • In an age of casual, cynical, indifferent routine, among people who held themselves as if they were not flesh, but meat-Dagny's bearing seemed almost indecent, because this was the way a woman would have faced a ballroom centuries ago, when the act of displaying one's half-naked body for the admiration of men was an act of daring, when it had meaning, and but one meaning, acknowledged by all as a high adventure.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (38% in)
  • He was indifferently at home.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (66% in)
  • Years helped her to reach the day when she could face her memories indifferently, then the day when she felt no necessity to face them.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (75% in)
  • He had continued playing with his marbles, absently, indifferently, taking a shot once in a while.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (84% in)
  • ...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 Rearden Steel meant as much to him as it did-like a drunkard pretending indifference to liquor, among people who watch him with the scornful amusement of their full knowledge of his shameful weakness...... "I heard you last night coming home at two in the morning, where were you?" his mother saying to him at the dinner...
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (6% in)
  • To recognize one's guilt, yet feel nothing but the coldest, most profound indifference-wasn't it a betrayal of that which had been the motor of his life-course and of his pride?
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (13% in)
  • They were indifferent to the issue, they were merely amused by the spectacle of someone's embarrassment.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (49% in)
  • She knew that it was not indifference; she knew his face well enough to see the effort his calm cost him-she saw the faint line of a muscle pulled tight across his cheek.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (65% in)
  • It's just an old illusion of mine," she said indifferently.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (70% in)
  • "Why, no," the spinster said indifferently.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (72% in)
  • It was his indifference that made him spectacular.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (90% in)
  • He felt a dreary, indifferent respect for her.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (97% in)
  • He stood still, feeling free of desire, feeling the bleak relief of indifference to his body, to this room, even to his presence here.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (98% in)
  • She was not after money-she spent little-she was indifferent to the kind of extravagance he could have afforded.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (99% in)
  • The owner turned impassively to fill her order; there was, in his stolid indifference, the kind of mercifulness that asks no questions.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (26% in)
  • Rearden sat without moving, the muscles of his cheeks pulled tight; but his glance was indifferent, focused only by the faint pull of morbid curiosity.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (34% in)
  • She raised her face to him, in obedient indifference.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (53% in)
  • There was only a brief stab of shock in her eyes, then she said indifferently, the words sounding as if she were tossing alms, "By all means, Jim.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (61% in)
  • When she raised her head, she looked at him indifferently.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (70% in)
  • Pat Logan, the engineer, a short, sinewy man with graying hair and a contemptuously inscrutable face, posed in a manner of amused indifference.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (57% in)
  • He stood against the wall, unaware of the crowds, indifferent to admiration.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (72% in)
  • And seeing it, I would not be able to see it indifferently.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (8% in)
  • The admission left him indifferent.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (36% in)
  • She noticed, indifferently, the air of knowing slyness in the manner of the hotel clerks, which seemed to suggest that guests and clerks alike were accomplices in a shameful guilt: the guilt of seeking pleasure.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (73% in)
  • The man stared at the money with sullen indifference, not moving, not lifting a hand for it, still clutching the two buckets.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (83% in)
  • I don't know," he said indifferently, and went on intently.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (80% in)
  • -he asked himself indifferently.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (88% in)
  • He observed, indifferently, the devastation wrought by his own indifference.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (89% in)
  • He observed, indifferently, the devastation wrought by his own indifference.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (89% in)
  • Standing alone in his half-darkened room, Rearden noted that the prospect of going to jail left him blankly indifferent.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (11% in)
  • Cherryl watched her walk away, and thought that Jim had been right: this sister of his was a creature of cold evil who had given her no response, no acknowledgment, no emotion of any kind except a touch of something that looked like an astonished, indifferent amusement.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (41% in)
  • She turned and walked away indifferently, leaving them together, as if in deliberate proof of her words.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (56% in)
  • We're being left to carry a greater burden, and you're indifferent to the knowledge that you'll see us destroyed by the looters.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (59% in)
  • Your indifference or our destruction?
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (59% in)
  • "I was brought up around smelters of every kind," he answered indifferently.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (98% in)
  • He was seeing the full extent of her failure-in the immensity of his own indifference.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (10% in)
  • His voice tense with the anger of compassion, Francisco said, "It's been twelve years and yet I'm still unable to see it indifferently!"
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (77% in)
  • He looked at her indifferently, puzzled.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (89% in)
  • She was seeing, not anger or pain or guilt, but the one inviolate enemy: indifference.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (92% in)
  • She did not know that the thing which seemed so violent, yet felt like such a still, unfamiliar calm within her, was the power of full certainty-and that the anger shaking her body, the anger which made her ready, with the same passionate indifference, either to kill or to die, was her love of rectitude, the only love to which all the years of her life had been given.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (60% in)
  • There was a faint movement of astonishment in Rearden's face, barely above the line of indifference: he had not expected that particular emissary.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (72% in)
  • That capacity, which I damned as shameful, had left me indifferent to sluts, but gave me my one desire in answer to a woman's greatness.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (93% in)
  • He came from a semi-wealthy, semi-distinguished family, but he sneered at wealth and distinction in a manner which implied that only a top rank aristocrat could permit himself such a degree of cynical indifference.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (45% in)
  • He felt a physical sensation of cold, nothing more; he felt no concern, only a puzzled, indifferent astonishment.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (79% in)
  • Now, he felt a contemptuous indifference and no desire to save them.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (93% in)
  • The storekeeper was a fat, pallid woman who moved with effort, but seemed indifferent to her own discomfort.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (8% in)
  • They've always been there," she answered indifferently.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (8% in)
  • Do you call this indifference?
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (35% in)
  • He knew, as he had known from the first, that she had seen his tears and that she had not walked past in indifference, even though her clear, toneless voice and unmoving face gave him no sign of feeling.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (88% in)
  • She turned with indifferent astonishment to open, the door-but she knew that she should have expected him, when she saw that it was Francisco d'Anconia.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (6% in)
  • He thought indifferently that after a century of safety, men were once more regarding the departure of a train as an event involving a gamble with death.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (86% in)
  • He did not seem to be aware of her person, any more than of his own, he was indifferently ready to comply with an order which, in his condition, meant certain death.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (6% in)
  • He had pulled himself up to his feet, he was looking indifferently at the black hole open upon miles of uninhabited wilderness where no one would see the body or hear the voice of a mangled man, but the only gesture of concern he made was to tighten his grip on a small, dirty bundle, as if to make sure he would not lose it in leaping off the train.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (6% in)
  • The lifeless indifference of his eyes did not fully hide that they had been intelligent; the wrinkles cutting his face with the record of some incredible bitterness, had not fully erased the fact that the face had once possessed the kindliness peculiar to honesty.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (7% in)
  • She could not say it indifferently; there was still a breathless tone and the drop of her voice toward a whisper, when she asked, "The motor .... the motor I found .... it was you who made it?"
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (17% in)
  • She felt an odd, lighthearted indifference, as if she suddenly wanted nothing but the comfort of surrendering to helplessness.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (18% in)
  • There is no form of enjoyment that we seek from their world, and-this was hardest for us to attain-what we now feel for their world is that emotion which they preach as an ideal: indifference-the blank-the zero-the mark of death...... We are giving men everything they've professed to want and to seek as virtue for centuries.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (78% in)
  • He added, and she was shocked by the sudden gentleness of his voice, "I said that that kind of indifference toward a world which should have been ours was the hardest thing to attain.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (89% in)
  • She felt that she owned him, that the unnamed had been understood between them from the start-and, simultaneously, that he was able to vanish from her Me and, on some future street of the outside world, to pass her by in unweighted indifference.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (32% in)
  • She lay half-stretched in an armchair of the living room, crumpled by that heavy, indifferent lassitude which is not the will to laziness, but the frustration of the will to a secret violence that no lesser action can satisfy.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (35% in)
  • After a while, she lost the glow of that knowledge, and there was nothing left but pain and the palms that were pressed to the sheet-and the almost indifferent wonder whether he, too, was awake and fighting the same torture.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (46% in)
  • The hell I couldn't bear to witness would be to see you being indifferent.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (90% in)
  • There was still an element of wonder in the numbed indifference of her mind: Jim had always managed to switch the weight of his failures upon the strongest plants around him and to survive by destroying them to pay for his errors, as he had done with Dan Conway, as he had done with the industries of Colorado; but this did not have even the rationality of a looter-this pouncing upon the drained carcass of a weaker, a half bankrupt competitor for a moment's delay, with nothing but a...
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (55% in)
  • Then she felt the touch of Rearden Metal, as her hand closed over the stem of the microphone, and it was suddenly easy, not with the drugged ease of indifference, but with the bright, clear, living ease of action.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (74% in)
  • He noticed that the beggar pocketed the money in a manner as indifferent as his own.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (0% in)
  • It was that the beggar acted as if he would have been indifferent had he received a hundred dollars or a dime or, failing to find any help whatever, had seen himself dying of starvation within this night.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (1% in)
  • It was not the knowledge of his indifference to money that now gave him a shudder of dread.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (8% in)
  • It was the knowledge that he would be equally indifferent, were he reduced to the state of the beggar.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (8% in)
  • "You know," he said suddenly, with a cold little chuckle, "if you're so damn anxious to hide that you came from the slums, you ought to be less indifferent to the philosophy of social welfare.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (14% in)
  • She looked at him, faintly startled, but otherwise indifferent.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (15% in)
  • When he approached, she took the glass from him with a sloppily indifferent sweep of her hand.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (77% in)
  • One-way traffic-she thought indifferently-consumers' traffic.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (4% in)
  • "Rearden Steel is now working at capacity," he was saying indifferently.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (24% in)
  • "It's becoming almost impossible to get iron ore," he said indifferently, then added, his voice suddenly alive, "Now it's going to be completely impossible to get copper."
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (25% in)
  • Incredulity and indifference were her only reaction: incredulity, because she could not conceive of what would bring human beings to such a state-indifference, because she could not regard those who reached it, as human any longer.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (74% in)
  • Incredulity and indifference were her only reaction: incredulity, because she could not conceive of what would bring human beings to such a state-indifference, because she could not regard those who reached it, as human any longer.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (74% in)
  • They stood in silence, not with the apprehensive curiosity of workmen, but with the heavy indifference of convicts.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (83% in)
  • They had counted on his pity and dreaded his anger; they had not dared consider the third alternative; his indifference.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (16% in)
  • "Okay," he said indifferently, "then let my mills superintendent buy it.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (52% in)
  • You'll always produce," said Dr. Ferris indifferently, neither in praise nor in blame, merely in the tone of stating a fact of nature, as he would have said to another man: You'll always be a bum, "You can't help it.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (59% in)
  • She went on, protected from the world around her by a last armor: indifference.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (5% in)
  • "All right," she said indifferently, "I'll come," and added, prompted by the kind of feeling that would have made her reluctant to venture without a witness into a conference of gangsters, "but I'll bring Eddie Willers along with me," He frowned, considering it for a moment, with a look of annoyance more than anxiety.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (7% in)
  • As some men were escaping with their bodies into the underground of uninhabited regions, so others could only save their souls and were escaping into the underground of their minds-and no power on earth could tell whether their blankly indifferent eyes were shutters protecting hidden treasures at the bottom of shafts no longer to be mined, or were merely gaping holes of the parasite's emptiness never to be filled.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (19% in)
  • Ragged people listened to the offers of material comforts and turned away with lethargic indifference, as if they had lost the concept of "Value."
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (20% in)
  • "Yeah, I guess so," he had answered indifferently.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (32% in)
  • You don't think it's indifference, do you?
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (41% in)
  • Was it indifference that broke you and brought you here?
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (41% in)
  • Were she able to feel-she thought as she walked through the concourse of the Terminal-she would know that the heavy indifference she now felt for her railroad was hatred.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (72% in)
  • But this-she thought-this inanimate indifference was the permanent state of the people around her, of men who had no purpose and no passion.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (73% in)
  • She held his glance, letting him see the untroubled indifference of hers, as if she had neither cared nor understood.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (48% in)
  • She walked with the same unhurried indifference through the halls and through the exit of the hotel.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (49% in)
  • The men of that caravan-thought Eddie indifferently-looked too mean-minded to become the founders of a secret, free settlement, and not mean-minded enough to become a gang of raiders; they had no more destination to find than the motionless beam of the headlight; and, like that beam, they would dissolve somewhere in the empty stretches of the country.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (83% in)

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