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  • He smiled then laughed heartily, as if he’d just realized anew the humor in his repartee.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "Don’t be a pain" and "Takes one to know one" are standard repartee among girls, but I go much farther than that.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Rochester, allow me to disown my first answer: I intended no pointed repartee: it was only a blunder.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The human was trying to engage a troll in macho repartee!
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl

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  • His Royal Highness had laughed until the tears streamed down his cheeks at Blakeney’s foolish yet funny repartees.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I do not mean that any beggar in the streets of London could earn £700 a year—which is less than my average takings—but I had exceptional advantages in my power of making up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by practice and made me quite a recognised character in the City.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • We love the plays, the great characters, the fabulous speeches, the witty repartee even in times of duress.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Their booth did not have so many customers as did the other booths where the tootling laugh of Maybelle Merriwether sounded and Fanny Elsing’s giggles and the Whiting girls’ repartee made merriment.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • At the same time he inwardly chuckled over his gentle repartee to the blood and ouns champion about his god being a jew.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • —Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees, you never heard over your mahogany, than you will hear over the half-inch white cedar of the whale-boat, when thus hung in hangman’s nooses; and, like the six burghers of Calais before King Edward, the six men composing the crew pull into the jaws of death, with a halter around every neck, as you may say.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Conway enjoyed the measured yet agile repartees which his good-humored ragging of the Chinese very often elicited.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He had no repartee but laughed at everything.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I am a very matter-of-fact, plain-spoken being, and may blunder on the borders of a repartee for half an hour together without striking it out.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • I didn’t dare to make the smallest repartee, I need hardly tell you.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • Archer noticed that his wife’s way of showing herself at her ease with foreigners was to become more uncompromisingly local in her references, so that, though her loveliness was an encouragement to admiration, her conversation was a chill to repartee.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Northerton did not very well relish the sarcasm of Jones; but he thought the provocation was scarce sufficient to justify a blow, or a rascal, or scoundrel, which were the only repartees that suggested themselves.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Her tongue is moved by wit of high degree and ready repartee: her breast is seduction to all that see (glory be to Him Who fashioned it and finished it!); and joined thereto are two upper arms smooth and rounded; even as saith of her the poet Al-Walahan: She has wrists which, did her bangles not contain, would run from out her sleeves in silvern rain.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Newman appeared to derive great entertainment from this repartee, and to the great discomposure of Arthur Gride’s nerves, produced a series of sharp cracks from his finger-joints, resembling the noise of a distant discharge of small artillery.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But the situation seemed to call for witty repartee.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • I see how it is with you, loving your repartee, and brilliant with wit.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • This is no time for sly repartee; You must leave my house immediately.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Chicago delighted in such repartee—for the most part.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Oh, I have thought the ladies were very elegant and very graceful, and wonderfully quick at repartee.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • "In the afternoon, of course!" he replied, and looked at Tibby to see how the repartee went.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Kate turned for some quick repartee, but kept on walking, leaving the professor with her luminous smile to think about.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • The preposterous elegance of their manner in the books awed him: he saw seduction consummated in kid gloves, to the accompaniment of subtle repartee.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But, as the repartee did not occur to him, he contented himself with coming in from the balcony and standing at the side of his wife’s couch.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • "Tom Saft" was a great favourite on the farm, where he played the part of the old jester, and made up for his practical deficiencies by his success in repartee.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • [after a moment of stupefaction at the old man’s readiness in repartee] Look here: what do you mean by gittin into my car and lettin me bring you here if you’re not the person I took that note to?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • As silken as the sea breeze, as buttery as sunlight, the lithe young women in the thong bikinis pretended to be enthralled by the monosyllabic repartee of two steroid-thickened suitors, the latest in a string of beach-boy Casanovas to take their shot.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • He had thought of doctoring among other things, chiefly because it was an occupation which seemed to give a good deal of personal freedom, and his experience of life in an office had made him determine never to have anything more to do with one; his answer to the Vicar slipped out almost unawares, because it was in the nature of a repartee.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • …full thirty feet high), became so insolent at seeing a creature so much beneath him, that he would always affect to swagger and look big as he passed by me in the queen’s antechamber, while I was standing on some table talking with the lords or ladies of the court, and he seldom failed of a smart word or two upon my littleness; against which I could only revenge myself by calling him brother, challenging him to wrestle, and such repartees as are usually in the mouths of court pages.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • 12 The butcher-boy puts off his killing-clothes, or sharpens his knife at the stall in the market, I loiter enjoying his repartee and his shuffle and break-down.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • He was not an Italian, still less a Frenchman, in whose blood there runs the very spirit of persiflage and of gracious repartee.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Laughter from Evie as at a repartee.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • His great commercial talent was salesmanship; he had superlatively that quality that American actors and men of business call "personality"—a wild energy, a Rabelaisian vulgarity, a sensory instinct for rapid and swinging repartee, and a hypnotic power of speech, torrential, meaningless, mad, and evangelical.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The first time this happened Doctor South attacked him with savage irony; but Philip took it with good humour; he had some gift for repartee, and he made one or two answers which caused Doctor South to stop and look at him curiously.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • ’I never saw such a monster as you are!’ muttered Squeers, looking as amiable as he possibly could the while; for Peg’s eye was upon him, and she was chuckling fearfully, as though in delight at having made a choice repartee, ’Do you see this?
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I never heard anything of pertness, or what is called repartee, out of her mouth; no pretence to wit, much less to that kind of wisdom which is the result only of great learning and experience, the affectation of which, in a young woman, is as absurd as any of the affectations of an ape.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • When she was drest, therefore, down she went, resolved to encounter all the horrors of the day, and a most disagreeable one it proved; for Lady Bellaston took every opportunity very civilly and slily to insult her; to all which her dejection of spirits disabled her from making any return; and, indeed, to confess the truth, she was at the very best but an indifferent mistress of repartee.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Swinging briskly and cheerily down the street, full of greetings and glib repartee, he would accost each of the grinning men by a new title, in a rich stammering tenor voice: "Colonel, how are you!
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I like you more than I can say; but I’ll not sink into a bathos of sentiment: and with this needle of repartee I’ll keep you from the edge of the gulf too; and, moreover, maintain by its pungent aid that distance between you and myself most conducive to our real mutual advantage."
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • he replied, and looked at Tibby to see how the repartee went.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • He seemed always in good spirits, and held his own in the jests and repartee that flew about.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne of The Island
  • She departed in high good humour over her repartee.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  The Golden Road
  • McCaskey was no novice at repartee.
    Henry, O.  --  The Four Million
  • Miss Wylie unexpectedly treated this as a smart repartee instead of a rebuke.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • Oh, I have thought the ladies were very elegant and very graceful, and wonderfully quick at repartee.
    James, Henry  --  The American
  • But, as the repartee did not occur to him, he contented himself with coming in from the balcony and standing at the side of his wife’s couch.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • I didn’t dare to make the smallest repartee, I need hardly tell you.
    Wilde, Oscar  --  An Ideal Husband
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