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asperity
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Don Quixote
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  • …her my message; if she is agitated and disturbed at hearing my name; if she cannot rest upon her cushion, shouldst thou haply find her seated in the sumptuous state chamber proper to her rank; and should she be standing, observe if she poises herself now on one foot, now on the other; if she repeats two or three times the reply she gives thee; if she passes from gentleness to austerity, from asperity to tenderness; if she raises her hand to smooth her hair though it be not disarranged.

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  • she asked, with a touch of asperity in her voice.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • ...answered her mother, with an asperity that she had never permitted to herself before.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  The Scarlet Letter

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