"There is no flattery in that remark," answered Billy, with a touch of sharpness.
"We ask no service of you, sir," said Ruth, her voice a sword of sharpness.
She said, with some sharpness, "I know nothing of Mr Boswell."
It was a sudden change of pace, due mainly to the sharpness of the turn.
His sole virtue is his obscurity, the sharpness of his bones his only protection.