Everyone knew that her swoons were generally mere ladylike pretenses but they loved her enough to refrain from saying so.
Thus appealed to, Jeems gave up further pretense of not having overheard the conversation and furrowed his black brow.
Every girl with any pretense to accomplishments had sung or played the piano, and the tableaux vivants had been greeted with flattering applause.
All her life she had heard sneers hurled at the Yankees because their pretensions to gentility were based on wealth, not breeding.
She must go on making a pretense of enthusiasm and pride in the Cause which she could not feel, acting out her part of the widow of a Confederate officer who bears her grief bravely, whose heart is in the grave, who feels that her husband’s death meant nothing if it aided the Cause to triumph.
Pinchbeck ladies themselves, they no more saw through Scarlett’s pinchbeck pretensions than she herself did.
He laughed at everything she did, encouraged her extravagances and insolences, jeered at her pretenses—and paid the bills.
For some time I’ve been intending to tell you to stop your elaborate pretenses and drink openly if you want to.
In the weeks that followed her first party, Scarlett was hard put to keep up her pretense of supreme indifference to public opinion.
Sometimes, he was a very comfortable person to live with, for all his unfortunate habit of not permitting anyone in his presence to act a lie, palm off a pretense or indulge in bombast.