1 The human beings could not contain their rage when they heard this song, though they pretended to think it merely ridiculous.
2 I acknowledge to this ridiculous idiosyncrasy, as a reason why I would give them a little more play.
3 It would make a man so ridiculous, after going in for these fellows, to back out in such an incomprehensible way.
4 I must not only regard myself as being in a very ridiculous position, but as being vanquished at all points.
5 Fathers were ridiculous: his own obstinate one supremely so.
6 And governments were ridiculous: our own wait-and-see sort especially so.
7 And armies were ridiculous, and old buffers of generals altogether, the red-faced Kitchener supremely.
8 Even the war was ridiculous, though it did kill rather a lot of people.
9 In fact everything was a little ridiculous, or very ridiculous: certainly everything connected with authority, whether it were in the army or the government or the universities, was ridiculous to a degree.
10 And as far as the governing class made any pretensions to govern, they were ridiculous too.
11 Everything was ridiculous, quite true.
12 But when it came too close and oneself became ridiculous too.
13 To him the authorities were ridiculous ab ovo, not because of toffee or Tommies.
14 And the authorities felt ridiculous, and behaved in a rather ridiculous fashion, and it was all a mad hatter's tea-party for a while.
15 And yet he knew that this too, in the eyes of the vast seething world, was ridiculous.