There is a tawdriness about them all, something artificial and unreal.
In England she had borrowed the untidiness and tawdriness that degrade the English poor.
In the midst of all the tawdriness she was a still and sacred figure—a Madonna with a child.
In spite of the gilded sea-horses and chariot, there is no tawdriness here; all is bold, splendid, and imposing.
Hence the ...