Carol was retorting, "But a maid does it for strangers, and all she gets out of it is the pay——"
She had the neophyte’s shock of discovery that, outside of tracts, conservatives do not tremble and find no answer when an iconoclast turns on them, but retort with agility and confusing statistics.
Some of the people who had been at the station declared that Miles made some dreadful seditious retort: something about loving German workmen more than American bankers; but others asserted that he couldn’t find one word with which to answer the veteran; that he merely sneaked up on the platform of the train.
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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.