a brighter cadence entered it

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Did she hear him? And if she did, why then was she smiling? Her voice was changing. It was younger. As she started speaking again, a brighter cadence entered it, a softer, fresher, more Viennese lilt, that put a forgiving gloss on even her severest observations.

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Link and the source: A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carre

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