It is easy enough to spoil the lives of our neighbors without taking so much trouble; we can do it by lazy acquiescence and lazy omission, by trivial falsities for which we hardly know a reason, by small frauds neutralized by small extravagances, by maladroit flatteries, and clumsily improvised insinuations.
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She gazed at him, touched by the discomfort he seemed to suffer over his own maladroitness.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Why did you so maladroitly restore me the handkerchief?