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““Ah — well,” she went on, in a half-bantering tone.”
“‘Of course not,’ said Miss Dunstable; and Frank at once perceived that she spoke in a tone of voice differing much from that half-bantering, half-good-humoured manner that was customary with her.”
“She at such moments remembered how she had beaten Puck, and how in her half-bantering but still too serious manner she had apologized for doing so, and had explained the reason.”
“This Mrs Robarts said rather gravely, whereas Lucy had been speaking in a half-bantering tone.”
“But ere he entered his cabin, light, unnatural, half-bantering, yet most piteous sound was heard.”
“After the initial discussion of the elections there is a little exchange, in the half-bantering, half-grumpy tone Cubans are so familiar with:”
“But, Ty— Tara appealed to him in a half-bantering tone.”
“Uttered in his light, half-bantering tones, the bitter flavour of the words had passed her by, but now, as she studied the rather stern set of his features, they returned to her with fresh meaning and she felt that their mocking philosophy was to a certain extent indicative of the man's attitude towards life.”
“I wonder what you like best, next to acidulated drops," he said at length, with one of his half-bantering smiles.”
“He made no attempt to kiss her, as he would have done before in a similar situation, but talked a while in that half-fond, half-bantering manner that had misled the inexperienced child.”
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