He had often met girls of the lower classes, who had put on a brash little act, pretending to look up to him, spilling crude flattery for an obvious purpose; he had neither liked nor resented them; he had found a bored amusement in their company and he had granted them the status of his equals in a game he considered natural to both players involved.
He poured himself a drink and paced the room, talking with too light, too brash a manner of gaiety.
Lillian’s head was poised to bow in greeting, with the tentative hint of a smile on her lips, half-timid, half-brash.
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