For several weeks I didn’t see him or hear his voice on the phone — mostly I was in New York, trotting around with Jordan and trying to ingratiate myself with her senile aunt — but finally I went over to his house one Sunday afternoon.
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She tried to ingratiate herself with her superiors.
On the surface, he was one of those pale, ingratiating kind of men who tiptoed through life on small, quick feet.