Marcel Proust about contempt (“Swann's Way”, 1913) - But the harshness of his steely glare was compensated by the softness of his cotton gloves, so effectively that, as he approached Swann, he seemed to be exhibiting at once an utter contempt for his person and the most tender regard for his hat.
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But the harshness of his steely glare was compensated by the softness of his cotton gloves, so effectively that, as he approached Swann, he seemed to be exhibiting at once an utter contempt for his person and the most tender regard for his hat.
 Marcel ProustSwann's Way (1913). copy citation

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Translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff
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