As the women got bolder, the times—or at least the men trying to outdo the times—got crueler.
Chronic starvation, overwork, disease, and freezing temperatures were as effective as the bullet, only slower and crueler.
Simultaneously, the jockeys sat down to ridethere was the cruel swish of catgut, the crueler prodding of steel.
Rome of Csar, Rome of Peter,which was crueler, which was worse?
And no earthly sufferings could have been crueler than his agony and remorse, as through the long years he wandered on and on.
He did not blame her—the crueler thing would have been to have told the truth.
But the storm was renewed blacker, louder, crueler than before.
I think the men of my day were crueler as men and warmer as lovers.
It is keener and crueler now than it was that day when you found me in the forest.
And because she would not, I do think my burns smarted the crueler.