"What affectation of diffidence was this at first?" they might have demanded; "what stupid regardlessness now?"
However, I mentally shake hands with you for your answer, despite its inaccuracy; and as much for the manner in which it was said, as for the substance of the speech; the manner was frank and sincere; one does not often see such a manner: no, on the contrary, affectation, or coldness, or stupid, coarse-minded misapprehension of one’s meaning are the usual rewards of candour.
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Her apparent wealth was proven to be an affectation.
He’s a good actor. He can change affectations and mannerisms like most people change clothes.