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used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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feels contempt towards her
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
  • "From God," my grandmother repeated contemptuously.
    p. 195.8

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  • "We have plenty of time," I told him, and he smiled at me—that old smile with the mild pity and the mild contempt in it.
    p. 618.9
  • He must have been a difficult "role model" for Hester, however, because I think her worshipful love of him—in addition to her constant losses in the daily competitions with her older brothers—simply overwhelmed her, and gave her an unwarranted contempt of my Aunt Martha.
    p. 58.9
  • Owen was a natural in the belief business, but my appreciation of Mr. Merrill and my contempt for Mr. Wiggin were based on common sense.
    p. 115.8
  • He had a gloomy, detached quality that Dan had imagined would be perfect for the grim, final phantom—but when Mr. Morrison discovered that he had no lines, that the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come never speaks, he became contemptuous of the part; he threatened to quit, but then remained in the role with a vengeance, sneering and scoffing at poor Scrooge's questions, and leering at the audience, attempting to seize their attention from Mr. Fish (as if to accuse Dan, and Dickens, of...
    p. 181.5
  • I said, when The Flying Yankee had gone; I meant that it was a far-fetched piece of luck that had landed us under the trestle bridge precisely at noon, but Owen smiled at me with his especially irritating combination of mild pity and mild contempt.
    p. 190.9
  • Among these contemptuous women, poor Germaine had the disadvantage of being young—and almost pretty, in a shy, mousy way.
    p. 192.2
  • It was the same look he then delivered to the congregation—oblivious to, if not contemptuous of, the gifts the wise men and the shepherds laid at his feet.
    p. 223.4
  • On the one hand, she became a slave to television; on the other hand, she expressed her contempt for nearly everything she saw and the energy of her outrage may have added years to her life.
    p. 264.5
  • In all of Gravesend, the object that most attracted Owen's contempt was the stone statue of Mary Magdalene, the reformed prostitute who guarded the playground of St. Michael's—the parochial school.
    p. 274.5
  • That Christmas vacation of '59, we were in the Gravesend gym for hours every day; we were alone, and undisturbed—all the boarders had gone home—and we were full of contempt for the Eastmans, who appeared to be making a point of not inviting us to Sawyer Depot.
    p. 309.3
  • There was in his attitude toward me that same mild pity and mild contempt I had seen before—when The Flying Yankee had passed over the Maiden Hill trestle bridge, precisely as Owen and I had passed under it, and I'd called this a "coincidence."
    p. 483.3
  • Grandmother developed such contempt for Ethel—and for Ethel's inept replacements—that she plotted with considerable cunning to undermine what she regarded as the already woefully inadequate abilities of her serving women.
    p. 524.6
  • Having honored me with her seductive charms, she then felt justified in heaping upon me her considerable contempt.
    p. 539.4
  • The impassive father seemed to me to be the most disagreeably affected by Owen's unnatural size; the man's doughy countenance wavered between brute stupidity and contempt.
    p. 599.3

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