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The Age of Innocence
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  • But none of these young men had much hope of really advancing in his profession, or any earnest desire to do so; and over many of them the green mould of the perfunctory was already perceptibly spreading.

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  • She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
  • Her perfunctory apology did little to ease my annoyance.

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