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We looked at each other in a bewildered silence, which was broken by a discordant burst of derisive laughter from Professor Summerlee.
Of her sons-in-law he was the one she had most consistently ignored; and all his wife's efforts to represent him as a man of forceful character and marked intellectual ability (if he had only "chosen") had been met with a derisive chuckle.
At the risk of exciting a somewhat derisive smile on the reader's part, I may affirm that with regard to the women who had hitherto interested him, it very often seemed to Winterbourne among the possibilities that, given certain contingencies, he should be afraid--literally afraid--of these ladies; he had a pleasant sense that he should never be afraid of Daisy Miller.
Dirk Stroeve was one of those persons whom, according to your character, you cannot think of without derisive laughter or an embarrassed shrug of the shoulders.
And above all the voices, that of Johannes de Molendino was audible, piercing the uproar like the fife's derisive serenade: "Commence instantly
When it arrived, it contained nothing but a savagely derisive attack on a professor of language and literature whose chair Sweet regarded as proper to a phonetic expert only.
Four days ago in this room, Wintzingerode and Stein were deliberating," continued Napoleon with the same derisive and self-confident smile.
The Manatorian warrior, a derisive grin upon his lips, backed steadily away.
Wingrave glanced at him with a faint derisive smile.
Four or five millions," he said slowly, and held up his hand for silence as his statement was received with derisive yells.
He was received by the young ladies with cries of derisive welcome.
From above came an unceasing babble of tongues, over all of which rang the mother's derisive laughter.