... idiomatic, forcible, familiar, but never slovenly ; the searching strokes of sarcasm or irony ; the occasional flashes of generous scorn ; the touches of pathos, pity, and tenderness , the morality tempered but never weakened by experience and sympathy...
Avillion, and other tales, by the author of 'Olive'. - Page 338
by Dinah Maria Craik - 1853
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