He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and gentle as a king could be.
It was a wistfulness bred of hunger, as cruel as its own fangs, as merciless as the frost itself.
I have invariably combated both these absurd assertions by quoting examples of fat people who were as mean, vicious, and cruel as the leanest and the worst of their neighbours.
People talk sometimesof bestial cruelty, but that’s a great injustice and insult to thebeasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel.
22:008:006 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
pleased Full oft a day have thilke Thebans two these Together met and wrought each other woe: Unhorsed hath each other of them tway twice There is no tiger in the vale of Galaphay, <82>When that her whelp is stole, when it is lite little So cruel on the hunter, as ArciteFor jealous heart upon this Palamon:Nor in Belmarie <83> there is no fell lion, That hunted is, or for his hunger wood mad Or for his prey desireth so the blood, As Palamon to slay his foe Arcite.