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47) The strand's disparate identity was manifested in its presenters, who came from media and modelling backgrounds and often became pin-ups and the target of tabloid gossip, yet their glamour was undercut by their performance of cheeky archness.
According to the paper, when asked if Huawei can really join Samsung and Apple in such a short time, Biao's archness is apparent, as he said he 'can't predict who the other two will be.
Austen ensures that readers feel affection for her "delightful" heroine by interjecting narrative commentary that directs our thinking: "there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody" (52).
To liberals she's a saint, and they just might have a point: her TV guest spots have established her as Joan of Fallen Archness.
He's lost his archness, his petulant wickedness and sorry, I just don't love him any more.
He didn't let you see it that often, but underneath his academic archness, Dieter had a thug thing going.
The archness of their music, though, doesn't extend much to the stage.
Her concentration on the minutiae of life averts sentimentality and the archness that can affect much poetry with a Christian worldview:
In 1790, 'spoken with infinite archness, humour and justness' (22) by the ten-year old Moore, Colman's Address concertinas London, nature's 'theatre, overflowing', (23) into Dublin's private theatre, along with the very grand public staging of regal composure to which it alludes.
The central roles in this creaky costume drama are so linked to Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn that staging it now virtually compels newcomers to contest their legacy via vigorous chewing of scenery, and the casting of "Absolutely Fabulons" legend Joanna Lundey in the distaff role heightened expectations of knowing archness.
Snarking refers to the generalised scepticism and critical savvy found on fan message boards that, despite all the archness and occasional venom on display, routinely betray deep emotional investment in the object of fan attention.
Early in the novel, because Bingley is in love with Elizabeth's sister Jane, Darcy has the opportunity to observe her, and comes to respect Elizabeth's "mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner" so that, were it not for what he regards as the inferiority of her family connections, he thinks he would be in danger of falling for her.