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veneer
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The House of Mirth
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  • Lily considered with interest the expression of their faces: the girl’s turned toward her companion’s like an empty plate held up to be filled, while the man lounging at her side already betrayed the encroaching boredom which would presently crack the thin veneer of his smile.

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  • We’ve been good to ’em, we’ve bailed ’cause out of jail and out of debt since the beginning of time, we’ve made work for ’cause when there was no work, we’ve encouraged ’cause to better themselves, they’ve gotten civilized, but my dear— that veneer of civilization’s so thin that a bunch of uppity Yankee Negroes can shatter a hundred years’ progress in five….
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Of course, it’s not like racism is gone completely, but as my dads like to say, the veneer of civilization got itself a second coat.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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