It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat, in a sickly atmosphere of tepid skepticism, without much belief in your own right, and still less in that of your adversary.
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And that would leave Jane with her tepid tea and her bone china and these girls who could make an hour’s conversation out of nothing.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Uprising
Before dialing, he found it all too easy to imagine that she’d answer with only tepid enthusiasm.