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The Age of Innocence
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  • As he came out into the lobby Archer ran across his friend Ned Winsett, the only one among what Janey called his "clever people" with whom he cared to probe into things a little deeper than the average level of club and chop-house banter.
  • But Archer, meeting his eyes, saw the filial light under their banter.
  • It was, in fact, that which, with a secret fatuity, he had watched Mrs. Thorley Rushworth play toward a fond and unperceiving husband: a smiling, bantering, humouring, watchful and incessant lie.

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  • banter among friends
  • She was too slow to banter well, but he appreciated her earnestness.

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