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retort
used in The Remains of the Day

2 uses
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Definition
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
  • Of course, you may retort, as did Mr Graham whenever I expounded such a line during those enjoyable discussions by the fire, that if I am correct in what I am saying, one could recognize a great butler as such only after one had seen him perform under some severe test.
    1e — Day 1 - Evening (96% in)
  • And as I spoke, I was struck by the thought - the same thought as had struck me on numerous occasions of late in Mr Farraday's presence - that some sort of witty retort was required of me.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (9% in)

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