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He could never recover his characteristic polish, passion and puckishness.
As Bruno Latour, with his characteristic grace and Puckishness puts it, "To balance our accounts of society, we simply have to turn our exclusive attention away from humans and look also at non-humans.
However, this occasional puckishness is more than offset by the seriousness of remarks like the following: "The key to peace and well-being for all lies in the actions of the individual, starting with the most obvious and perhaps for that reason the most easily forgotten: absolute devotion to one's children in their formative years.
In an American context, one would hold Hugues's weight and cigarettes against him as a kind of lack of discipline, but in upper-town Quebec there's a puckishness, even rascality, to the pur laine personality that acts as a filter against easy assumptions.