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The House of Mirth
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  • "How you can LAUGH——" her friend rebuked her; and she dropped back to a soberer perception of things with the question: "What was it Bertha really told him?"
  • For a moment her heart beat incoherently, then she felt the sobering touch of fact, and remembered that such calls were not unknown in her charitable work.

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  • It had certainly not been produced by Selden’s arguments, or by the action of his own soberer reason.
  • Her tone seemed to sober him, as it had so often done in his stormiest moments.
  • His real detachment from her had taken place, not at the lurid moment of disenchantment, but now, in the sober after-light of discrimination, where he saw her definitely divided from him by the crudeness of a choice which seemed to deny the very differences he felt in her.
  • The very apprehensions he aroused hardened her against him: she had been on the alert for the note of personal sympathy, for any sign of recovered power over him; and his attitude of sober impartiality, the absence of all response to her appeal, turned her hurt pride to blind resentment of his interference.

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as in: Talk to me when your sober. Define
not under the influence of alcohol
as in: a sobering thought Define
serious; or making one serious or calm
as in: I need to sober up. Define
to become less drunk
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