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“Does the President understand that compromising with cynics can lead to a half-cynical outcome?”
“Henry provides some helpful "Honeymooners" analysis ( "Gleason ... had rooted the Kramden character ... in his own half-cynical, half-slushy view of life"), but his reporting on the business aspects of Gleason's career is even better.”
“The most shameless greed, the most sickening industrial atrocities, the most appalling public scandals are exposed, but a half-cynical and wholly indifferent public passes them by with hardly a shrug of the shoulders; and they are lost in the medley of events.”
“Maddelena, rather coarse and hard and repellent, declaiming her words in a loud, half-cynical voice, falling on the breast of the”
“With a half-cynical smile, Lorn looks at the glass, then concentrates on Maran.”
“Even Billy's sense of humor was unstirred by the half-cynical sympathy of the night-clerk's gaze; Billy didn't feel a laugh anywhere within him.”
“He stood for a moment gazing into vacancy with a half-tender, half-cynical smile on his lips.”
“Courtland's spine as he watched, his habitual half-cynical smile of amusement still lying unconsciously about his lips, while a new respect for the country student was being born in his heart.”
“He spoke in his old half-sarcastic, half-cynical way, but a feeble, gasping voice, that made an effect of contrast, as of the tragic face espied behind the grinning mask.”
“Rooke -- Rooke, with his curious fascination and detached, half-cynical outlook on life, his beautiful ideals and -- Nan's inner self flinched from the acknowledgment -- his frequent fallings-short of them.”
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