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  • Screenwriter, I said, and his tacit, half-pitying, half-amused how many times has he heard this before? nod.

    Hollywood Savage

  • He had been a soldier half his life, he knew the discomforts, the injustices, he knew the half-pitying glances of men whose business let them sleep safe at night, but they did not know this.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • But all he got so far was mute shaking of heads and glances half-pitying, half-relieved.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • He went swiftly over t'u Hayem's background, and a wry, half-pitying grin twisted his mouth.

    The Long Way Home

  • "We promise," said La Salle, encouragingly, while Kennedy gave a half-pitying nod of the head.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

  • Then the chaos subsided and the old woman looked out defiantly at the major and at the half-amused, half-pitying soldier boys.

    Ruth Fielding at the War Front or, The Hunt for the Lost Soldier

  • Then he said, slowly, in a tone of half-pitying contempt:

    Marie Gourdon A Romance of the Lower St. Lawrence

  • He seemed content to put his finger on the weak spot in any system without troubling to point out a remedy; and to Owen, whose eager mind was ever ready to remedy abuses, this attitude of half-pitying, half-amused toleration was vaguely irritating.

    The Making of a Soul

  • They are not intended 'virginibus puerisque', and the author's attitude is that of a half-pitying, half-contemptuous moralist, yet the virility of his criticism has brought him immortality.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • People couldn't help feeling affection for him, considerably leavened by a half-pitying, half-wondering appreciation of his character.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860


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