Valdemar's worst faults were a certain aloofness and taciturnity.
Besides a feeling of aloofness from everybody Natasha was feeling a special estrangement from the members of her own family.
At the age of seven Newman was sent to a private school conducted by Dr Nicholas at Ealing, where he was distinguished by diligence and good conduct, as also by a certain shyness and aloofness, taking no part in the school games.
The same ascetic effort to attain by aloofness from the body a pure receptivity for supernatural influences, is exhibited in Neo-Pythagoreanism.
The aloofness and sulkiness of the aristocrats and landed proprietors he deeply deplored.