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  • "Ah—I hope the house will be gayer, now that Ellen’s here!" cried Mrs. Mingott with a glorious effrontery.
  • Unkind people said that, like her Imperial namesake, she had won her way to success by strength of will and hardness of heart, and a kind of haughty effrontery that was somehow justified by the extreme decency and dignity of her private life.
  • But the alarm had been great; and proportionately great was the indignation when it was gathered from Mrs. Mingott’s fragmentary phrases that Regina Beaufort had come to ask her—incredible effrontery!

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  • She had the effrontery to laugh at the mayor’s request.
  • Armed with too much confidence and effrontery, she made a lot of enemies.

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