"Not a bit," Ethan’s pride retorted before his reason had time to intervene.
His wife’s retort was like a knife-cut across the sinews and he felt suddenly weak and powerless.
When she spoke it was only to complain, and to complain of things not in his power to remedy; and to check a tendency to impatient retort he had first formed the habit of not answering her, and finally of thinking of other things while she talked.
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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.