She seemed to him a miracle of tact and ease as she bullied her guests into an appearance of merriment.
She had need of tact, for Dr. Norman Brumfit was there, and it was one of Dr. Brumfit’s evenings to be original and naughty.
While he was practicing the tactful observation he was going to present two minutes from now, he could still hear the clumsy thing he had said two minutes before.
Mayor Pugh considered him tactless.
"Oh, you got to expect that," he reflected, feeling that he was being tactful and patient and penetrating.
He was guilty of an absurd and boyish tactlessness when he heard Norblom observing to the postmaster, "A fellow that calls himself a doctor just because he had luck with that fool Agnes Ingleblad, he hadn’t ought to go getting drunk and disgracing—" Martin stopped.
There are no more uses of "tact" in the book.
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He was a big, good man with a soft baritone, who ruled with easy tact a choir of repressed soloists, and who had an unerring memory for the favorite hymns of District Superintendents.