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wry
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
understated ironic humor — often in a difficult situation
  • "But Lors ha' massy, how did you get near such mud as that?" said Sally, making a wry face, as she stooped down and examined the corpus delicti.
    1.10 -- Book 1 Chapter 10 -- Maggie Behaves Worse Than She Expected (62% in)
  • Maggie, moreover, had rather a tenderness for deformed things; she preferred the wry-necked lambs, because it seemed to her that the lambs which were quite strong and well made wouldn't mind so much about being petted; and she was especially fond of petting objects that would think it very delightful to be petted by her.
    2.5 -- Book 2 Chapter 5 -- Maggie's Second Visit (23% in)

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