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  • “It seems so odd,” she replied, with her usual half-honest half-insolent unreserve, “that you and I should now be so much on a level, visiting in the same sphere; having the same connections.”

    Villette

  • And she began to move about the room in an aimless, half-insolent way.

    Initials Only

  • She felt as if Gail Maddox, with her brilliant, careless sentences, and her half-insolent confidence, owned everybody there much more than _she_ did: and she felt little and underdressed and outclassed to a point where even Gail might pity her, and probably did ....

    The Wishing-Ring Man

  • He did not answer me, but turned to the head assistant, whom he had already assured me was a fully-trained nurse, and in a half-insolent, half contemptuous tone of voice, said: Do you understand her?

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • If she had been a woman to desire in the queenly, half-insolent indifference of manner with which she had first met him, how much more of charm lay in this piquant gaiety, in the warm sweetness of her softer and more pliant mood!

    Bucky O'Connor

  • Still it was an interesting face, clever, assured, half-insolent.

    Captivating Mary Carstairs

  • He had a few surface graces, and on occasion a certain half-insolent forcefulness of manner which in a curious fashion was almost becoming.

    Hawtrey's Deputy

  • Our dialects are apologetic things, half-ashamed, half-insolent.

    From a Cornish Window A New Edition

  • There was always something attractive to him in this young man's broad, good-looking face, with its crisp dark hair, and half-insolent good humour, now so clouded.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • Crood in the broken man's brief interchange of remarks with the half-insolent tradesman: an idea which he had been careful not to mention to Peppermore.

    In the Mayor's Parlour

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