Yes, but surliness might have provoked a point-blank question.
"These be some of my investments," he answered, with just a tinge of surliness.
He made no friends, and though his surliness repelled us, he made few enemies.
His normal easygoing manner was broken by periods of surliness.
Surliness in excess they might have, but dignity, not at all.
"No such purpose had ...