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Herm. “My definition of ‘convivial unpleasantness' is the annoying of one's companions at their drink.”

Soc. “Well, do you realize that at the present moment you conform to the definition by annoying us with your taciturnity?”

Herm. “What! while you are talking?”

“No, but in the intervals.”

“Why, don't you see that a person could not insert even a hair in the interstices of your talk, much less a word?”

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