"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
. Meeting Sara Ray on the doorstep she stopped and asked her what was the matter with her face.
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.
"In the afternoon, of course!" 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.
McCaskey was no novice at repartee
. He knew what should follow the entree.
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
. But what I have chiefly thought has been that they only helped me to admire you." This was not gallantry on Newman's part--an art in which he was quite unversed.
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
. The Vicar soon abandoned the struggle; but the tutor, who spoke the most fluent and accomplished English, gallantly continued to pour it out to her until the ladies, to the manifest relief of all concerned, went up to the drawing-room.
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
. It amused him to make up his mind in that accidental way, and he resolved then and there to enter his father's old hospital in the autumn.