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  • They would have over-emphasized the novelty of the adventure, trying to make him feel in it the zest of an escapade.
  • But the reward itself seemed unpalatable just then: she could get no zest from the thought of victory.
  • There was a moment’s pause, during which Selden meditated one or two replies calculated to add a momentary zest to the situation; but he rejected them in favour of the simple question: "Well, why don’t you?"
  • The crude forms in which her friends took their pleasure included a loud enjoyment of such complications: the zest of surprising destiny in the act of playing a practical joke.
  • It certainly appeared, as he said, that Mrs. Dorset was the more active participant in the scene: her neighbour seemed to receive her advances with a temperate zest which did not distract him from his dinner.
  • When an urgent case summoned him abroad to confer with a client in Paris, he broke reluctantly with the routine of the office; and it was only now that, having despatched his business, and slipped away for a week in the south, he began to feel the renewed zest of spectatorship that is the solace of those who take an objective interest in life.

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  • If you didn’t know her, you’d think her zest comes from malice.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Kit chose the stories she herself enjoyed most, and her reading had a zest and liveliness that enthralled the children.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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