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irony
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Ethan Frome
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  • They hailed Ethan with ironic compliment and offers of conviviality; but no one knew where to find the glue.
  • Then, with a sudden dart of irony, he wondered if, when their turn came, the same epitaph would be written over him and Zeena.

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  • She broke in: "You’re neglecting the farm enough already," and this being true, he found no answer, and left her time to add ironically: "Better send me over to the almshouse and done with itů.

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as in: situational irony Define
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things seem incongruous together -- especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
as in: verbal irony Define
saying or writing one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else -- usually as humor or sarcasm
as in: dramatic irony Define
when the meaning of a situation is understood by the reader or audience but not by the characters in the story (such as in the play, Romeo and Juliet)
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