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The Scarlet Letter
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  • It was pleasant in the summer forenoons—when the fervent heat, that almost liquefied the rest of the human family, merely communicated a genial warmth to their half torpid systems—it was pleasant to hear them chatting in the back entry, a row of them all tipped against the wall, as usual; while the frozen witticisms of past generations were thawed out, and came bubbling with laughter from their lips.

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  • Winston Churchill was well-known for his witticisms.
  • By the very nature of a witticism, one is given very little time to assess its various possible repercussions before one is called to give voice to it,
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day

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