They were not, at any rate, the premeditated and perfunctory endearments of the guest under his hostess’s eye, for he and the little girl had the room to themselves; and something in his attitude made him seem a simple and kindly being compared to the small critical creature who endured his homage.
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She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
Her perfunctory apology did little to ease my annoyance.