She observed that there was no terror in their faces; she saw hints of it, but it looked like a perfunctory terror.
"Nobody, not even Miss Taggart, will deny that there are times when it is necessary to sacrifice the parts for the sake of the whole …." As she listened to the mentions of her name tossed into the conversation at half-hour intervals, tossed perfunctorily, with the speaker’s eyes never glancing in her direction, she wondered what motive had made them want her to be present.
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She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
Her perfunctory apology did little to ease my annoyance.