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  • Whenever he stayed home in the evening he went to bed early, and thriftily got ahead in those dismal duties.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Miriam Sassburger mixed the cocktails in one of those dismal, nakedly white water-pitchers which exist only in hotels.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Good old Charley would like Paul and Verg Gunch better than some highfalutin' Willy boy," he insisted, but Mrs. Babbitt interrupted his observations with, "Yes—perhaps—I think I'll try to get some Lynnhaven oysters," and when she was quite ready she invited Dr. J. T. Angus, the oculist, and a dismally respectable lawyer named Maxwell, with their glittering wives.  (not reviewed by editor)

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