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The House of Mirth
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  • To listen to his stories, to receive his confidences and laugh at his jokes, seemed for the moment all that was required of her, and the complacency with which her hostess regarded these attentions freed them of the least hint of ambiguity.
  • But he thought it a very materialistic society; there were times when he was frightened by the talk of the men and the looks of the ladies, and he was glad to find that Miss Bart, for all her ease and self-possession, was not at home in so ambiguous an atmosphere.
  • Gerty had tried to veil her failure in tender ambiguities; but Carry, always the soul of candour, put the case squarely to her friend.
  • Lily was in fact becoming more and more aware of a certain ambiguity in her situation.
  • Once again, Lily had withdrawn from an ambiguous situation in time to save her self-respect, but too late for public vindication.
  • "Don’t—don’t——!" he broke out, with the hurt cry of a child; and while she tried to merge her sympathy, and her resolve to ignore any cause for it, in one ambiguous murmur of deprecation, he dropped down on the bench near which they had paused, and poured out the wretchedness of his soul.

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  • Her answer was ambiguous.
  • The Constitution of the United States is intentionally ambiguous — requiring human judgment to interpret difficult questions.

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