1 Precisely at that point it vanished--and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd.
2 He was saying some last word to her but the eagerness in his manner tightened abruptly into formality as several people approached him to say goodbye.
3 Mrs. Ferrars was a little, thin woman, upright, even to formality, in her figure, and serious, even to sourness, in her aspect.
4 Her voice was raised questioningly, as though she hung on Gerald's assent to her plan, a mere formality but one dear to the heart of Gerald.
5 She maintained an air of cool indifference that could speedily change to icy formality if anyone even dared hint about the matter.
6 Edna felt that they might have dispensed with the formality.
7 'A simple formality,' assured me the secretary, with an air of taking an immense part in all my sorrows.
8 He stated with a good deal of formality that had we not been 'of the same profession,' he would have kept the matter to himself without regard to consequences.
9 The prince walked in quickly and jauntily as was his wont, as if intentionally contrasting the briskness of his manners with the strict formality of his house.
10 The young officer was evidently exercising his duties for the first or second time and therefore treated both his superiors and the men with great precision and formality.
11 Such and such a formality or action, which, in any other situation would have appeared merely a deference to him, now seemed insipidity, and he nerved himself against it.
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12 When this formality was ended, as her duties called her to chapel, she left the two young women alone.
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13 The singularity of this step, and above all its formality, had not a little surprised the banker, who had immediately obeyed his daughter by repairing first to the drawing-room.
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14 Aye, that is just like your formality and discretion.
15 It irritated her so much that during one formal call she aped Gerald's brogue to her aunt's distress.