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But he had no hesitation in doing all manner of things without more than a perfunctory consultation with the Vicar, and the Vicar, though always ready to be saved trouble, much resented the churchwarden's managing ways.
As if the matter had been privately agreed upon, the couples separated once more, Katharine and Denham passing out of the house without more than a perfunctory glance round them.
Since Fate had thrown them together she had scarce favoured him with more than the most perfunctory replies to his remarks, unless at such times as the weird and uncanny happenings at Lothar had surprised her out of her reserve.
The short sketch of the Ambroses was, however, somewhat perfunctory, and contained little but the fact that Mr.
I revelled in all his appearances in the Histories, and I tried to be as happy where a factitious and perfunctory Falstaff comes to life again in the "Merry Wives of Windsor," though at the bottom of my heart I felt the difference.
The assembled members of the tribe looked on and listened in a sort of dull and perfunctory apathy, for the speaker was by far the mightiest of the clan.
A sentry stood at the iron gates and passed Major Thomson after a perfunctory challenge.
But see them he must, and so pressing was the need that, after a little perfunctory general conversation, he led the two men into the stuffy office.
The laughter that greeted his story was hollow and perfunctory, but Daylight appeared not to notice it.
She knew they were failures, and he read her disapproval in every perfunctory and unenthusiastic line of her letter.
Something had been wrong with that hand--the perfunctory way in which it had touched him under a show of heartiness that could well deceive the onlooker.
Their right hands extended and for a fraction of an instant met in a perfunctory shake.