He did not," the Inkstand replied; "he isn't at all forehanded at repartee
In those days conversation was still cultivated as an art; a neat repartee
was more highly valued than the crackling of thorns under a pot; and the epigram, not yet a mechanical appliance by which the dull may achieve a semblance of wit, gave sprightliness to the small talk of the urbane.
Captain Jim told his stories better, Gilbert was quicker in argument and repartee
, Anne felt little gushes and trickles of fancy and imagination bubbling to her lips under the influence of Leslie's personality.
She departed in high good humour over her repartee
All this Mr Codlin did with the air of a man who had made up his mind for the worst and was quite resigned; his eye slowly wandering about during the briskest repartee
to observe the effect upon the audience, and particularly the impression made upon the landlord and landlady, which might be productive of very important results in connexion with the supper.
he replied, and looked at Tibby to see how the repartee
He seemed always in good spirits, and held his own in the jests and repartee
that flew about.
Miss Wylie unexpectedly treated this as a smart repartee
instead of a rebuke.
Oh, I have thought the ladies were very elegant and very graceful, and wonderfully quick at repartee
Archer noticed that his wife's way of showing herself at her ease with foreigners was to become more uncompromisingly local in her references, so that, though her loveliness was an encouragement to admiration, her conversation was a chill to repartee
He had thought of doctoring among other things, chiefly because it was an occupation which seemed to give a good deal of personal freedom, and his experience of life in an office had made him determine never to have anything more to do with one; his answer to the Vicar slipped out almost unawares, because it was in the nature of a repartee
Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees
, you never heard over your mahogany, than you will hear over the half-inch white cedar of the whale-boat, when thus hung in hangman's nooses; and, like the six burghers of Calais before King Edward, the six men composing the crew pull into the jaws of death, with a halter around every neck, as you may say.