With fatuous beaming he described a night at Barney’s; without any success whatever he tried to be funny; and when Madeline lectured him on the evils of liquor and the evils of association with immoral persons, he was for once relieved.
They talked, tremendously, and he listened with fatuous enthusiasm to opinions which, had Leora produced them, he would have greeted with "That’s a damn’ silly remark!"
Once a woman, never explained, a woman with wild ungathered hair, ran by them shrieking, "My little boy—" They came to the market, a hundred stalls under a long corrugatediron roof, with stone pillars bearing the fatuous names of the commissioners who had built it—by voting bonds for the building.
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We could always count on her to make a fatuous remark about the day’s headlines.