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  • Grandmother did not see fit to do a damn thing, but she enjoyed Dan's efforts to cajole her out of her veteran, antisocial cantankerousness, and she agreed to attend the play; as for the cast party, she would see how she felt after the performance.†   (source)
  • They were all there—the deaf ammoomas, the cantankerous, arthritic appoopans, the pining wives, scheming uncles, children with the runs.†   (source)
  • Cranky, cantankerous, irritable and that's when she's in a good mood, Scatty said.†   (source)
  • And there was one man of whom Perry had grown especially aware, a robust, upright gentleman with hair like a gray-and-silver skullcap; his face, filled out, firm-jawed, was somewhat cantankerous in repose, the mouth down-curved, the eyes downcast as though in mirthless reverie-a picture of unsparing sternness.†   (source)
  • Milo was correct, of course, as everyone soon agreed but a few embittered misfits like Doc Daneeka, who sulked cantankerously and muttered offensive insinuations about the morality of the whole venture until Milo mollified him with a donation, in the name of the syndicate, of a lightweight aluminum collapsible garden chair that Doc Daneeka could fold up conveniently and carry outside his tent each time Chief White Halfoat came inside his tent and carry back inside his tent each time…†   (source)
  • He was a cantankerous troublemaker, but the Circle blood ran deep.†   (source)
  • "Too neat and too clean for a cantankerous old bachelor," replied David.†   (source)
  • Granpa said he liked to slip up on ol' Slick when he was cantankerous and not in the mood for trailing.†   (source)
  • Even though Kandy is several degrees cooler than Colombo, his cantankerous nature rose to the surface like sweat.†   (source)
  • Clean water filled the barrels, fresh rushes lined the floor, and a cantankerous old goat was on the menu.†   (source)
  • "I'm well on my way to becoming a cantankerous old witch."†   (source)
  • Judge Glass was his usual cantankerous self, barking at defense attorneys and sniping at defendants.†   (source)
  • "I tried," the shrink behind the door said, "to submit myself to that man, to the ghost of that cantankerous Jew.†   (source)
  • I'm getting old and cantankerous.†   (source)
  • "I guess this cantankerous woman is getting out of here," Gramps said.†   (source)
  • You forgot how loony she'd become, and her cantankerousness of the past year.†   (source)
  • He just has the high cantankerous moral shrinks.†   (source)
  • A cantankerous, complaining, mischievous, laughing face.†   (source)
  • Only Mallinson was inclined to be cantankerous, and that might partly be due to the altitude.†   (source)
  • I could look down from my office window on the great bolls and tufts and swollen globes of green which were the trees of the Capitol grounds seen from the height of my window, and think of the deep inner maze of green in one of the big trees and of the hollow shadowy chambers near the trunk, where maybe a big cantankerous jay would be perched for a moment like a barbarous potentate staring with black, glittering, beady eyes into the green tangle.†   (source)
  • She made it more difficult for him by adopting a cantankerous tone.†   (source)
  • But what else can such a cantankerous man as you expect?†   (source)
  • Yes, Thomas, you are an extremely cantankerous man to work with—I know that to my cost.†   (source)
  • The claim was almost as scandalous as it was improbable, but Frau Stohr swore it was so by all that was holy—though it was hard to understand how the poor thing could devote such zeal, vigor, and cantankerousness to gossip, when her own problems were giving her so much trouble.†   (source)
  • Some men are too cantankerous for anything—don't know how to make the best of a bad job—don't see things as they are—as they are, my boy!†   (source)
  • He might be melancholy if he would, or he might be stoical; he might be cross and cantankerous with her and ask her why she had ever dared to meddle with his destiny: to this she would submit; for this she would make allowances.†   (source)
  • Cantankerous, am I?†   (source)
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