Valdemar's worst faults were a certain aloofness and taciturnity.
In property succession there is a feeling of tribal aloofness which would not be favourable to a central authority; and in fact the legal machinery is rude, and the carrying out of the law depends not so much upon courts and officials as upon religious considerations.
The aloofness and sulkiness of the aristocrats and landed proprietors he deeply deplored.
The same ascetic effort to attain by aloofness from the body a pure receptivity for supernatural influences, is exhibited in Neo-Pythagoreanism.
Besides a feeling of aloofness from everybody Natasha was feeling a special estrangement from the members of her own family.