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  • n  inappropriate playfulness

  • Along with all this goes a little pleasant dialog, a little minor plotting, a great deal of patronizing archness on the part of the playwright and his actors.
  • Though Treacher delivered his lines with true Savoyard bounce and archness, his versifying scriptwriters often let him down.
  • But his work also contains a trace of archness, a current of condescension.

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