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callous
used in The Magic Mountain

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Definition
heartless (cruel lack of concern for other's feelings)

or an alternative spelling for callus—thickened skin that comes from rubbing as when having calluses on the hands from doing much work with a shovel
  • Leo moved in— but only after first abandoning, with the cool callousness of an intellectual aristocrat, his younger brothers and sisters to charity and a fate suited to their lesser talents.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (15% in)
  • ...by any means possible; but he was relieved to see—a relief that contained the seeds of renewed disquiet—that Hans Castorp had paid no attention at all to what had happened, although he could hardly not have noticed, but simply passed over it with a disregard that did not look like tact, consideration, or politeness, but instead like pure indifference or callousness—a tolerance so vast it was almost eerie, as if he had taught himself long ago not to be surprised by such incidents.
    6.5 - An Attack Repulsed (49% in)

There are no more uses of "callous" flagged with this meaning in The Magic Mountain.

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?  —2 uses
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  • "But of course, to be sure," the consul promptly replied and his mouth hung politely, eagerly open for quite a while as he watched the long-necked man row away, while his nephew stood there callous and casual beside him.
    6.5 - An Attack Repulsed (63% in)
  • To what extent Hans Castorp's calm, callous self-assurance made things seem that way, and to what extent they actually were that way, making any other course of action indeed inconceivable and impossible—that was, from the very start, something no well-bred gentleman could have decided.
    6.5 - An Attack Repulsed (67% in)

There are no more uses of "callous" in The Magic Mountain.

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