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retort -- as in: quick retort
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Ethan Frome
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  • "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.
  • She retorted, "Takes one to know one."

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