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retort -- as in: quick retort
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The House of Mirth
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  • The shock of this retort had the effect of crystallizing Selden’s wavering intentions.
  • And as she continued to stand before him, a little pale under the retort, he added quickly: "Let us go down."
  • She flushed to her temples, but the extremity of her need checked the retort on her lip and she continued to face him composedly.
  • I thought we understood each other!" he exclaimed; and to her murmur of "Ah, we do NOW," he retorted with a sudden burst of violence: "I suppose it’s because the letters are to HIM, then?

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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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