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But Regina Eden was having a lively conversation with several of her neighbors that Roslynn was loath to interrupt, and she found Sir Artemus embroiled in a game of whist, several such games having started up after dinner.
Even a textbook par on the uphill eighteenth, with the glamorous clubhouse sitting off to the right like an observation post from which members could evaluate the suffering of their peers, even a lively conversation with Sylviawhich took us from cystic fibrosis to Italian politics (The coalition is crippled by the extreme left), to maternity leave (Its a generous policy we have, but those women are rendering an important service), to the retirement age (Too young here; its putting a strain on the economy), to my work (Give me your name so I can tell my friends I played with a writer)couldnt leave me with much optimism.
A tad annoyed to see Basil give way so easily and go on so amicably to join her Papa — with whom he was now engaged in lively conversation — Alexandra gave Mr. Burnham a dazzling smile and asked him what he meant.
A lively conversation was immediately engaged in, and, when the impromptu Abigail returned with the refreshment, the first words she heard were: "Well, Monsieur Balzac, so you think ”" Full of surprise and joy she started, dropped the tray she had in her hands, and everything was broken.