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It seemed a strangely inopportune moment for a proud member of a proud race to unbend in casual conversation with a captor.
he cried brazenly, hating the boys more than ever because they had seen him unbend.
Again, David will not unbend when in the company of babies, expecting them unreasonably to rise to his level, but contrariwise Porthos, though terrible to tramps, suffers all things of babies, even to an exploration of his mouth in an attempt to discover what his tongue is like at the other end.