’Take it easy, fellas,’ the short patriotic Texan counseled affably, with an uncertain grin.
The only one who ever came close enough to look was the affable Texan, who came close enough several times a day to chat with him about more votes for the decent folk, opening each conversation with the same unvarying greeting: ’What do you say, fella?
’You know, Yossarian,’ he mused affably in a manner of casual reflection that seemed both derisive and sincere, ’I really do admire you a bit.
’What your mother means, son,’ interjected his father affably one time with that flair for graceful and economical expression Nately admired so much, ’is that old money is better than new money and that the newly rich are never to be esteemed as highly as the newly poor.
Yossarian flipped his eyes open in alarm and saw the totally unexpected bulging black puffs of flak crashing down in toward them from high up and Aarfy’s complacent melon-round tiny-eyed face gazing out at the approaching cannon bursts with affable bemusement.
Once Yossarian had driven him back from the nose, Aarfy was free to cower on the floor where Yossarian longed to cower, but he stood bolt upright instead with his stumpy arms resting comfortably on the backs of the pilot’s and co-pilot’s seats, pipe in hand, making affable small talk to McWatt and whoever happened to be co-pilot and pointing out amusing trivia in the sky to the two men, who were too busy to be interested.
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She’s an affable, never-met-someone-she-didn’t-like kind of woman.