I’d expected there’d be such larky retorts and electric furnaces and everything but, honestly, I don’t see a single thing that’s interesting, and I do think all you clever people ought to do SOMETHING for us, now that you’ve coaxed us all the way down here.
His confrere, Stokes, retorted that perhaps it couldn’t be plague, but it damn’ well WAS plague.
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She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.