He spoke it almost in a <brilliancy> of triumph

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 75, Chapter Five) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Michaelis helped Clifford make a display by writing Clifford into one of his plays. He succeeded carrying him and Connie away. Then he went to Connie's room, saying he could give women best time.……)

‘Every sort of a good time, damn it, every sort! Dress, jewels up to a point, any nightclub you like, know anybody you want to know, live the pace . . . travel and be somebody wherever you go . . . Darn it, every sort of good time.’

He spoke it almost in a brilliancy of triumph, and Connie looked at him as if dazzled, and really feeling nothing at all. Hardly even the surface of her mind was tickled at the glowing prospects he offered her.

I feel brilliancy of triumph refers to the bright, joyful color on his face because of the triumph, rather than his clever/beautiful words he was using.

Is that right please?
Thank you in advance
  • Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    Yes, he's very excited, thrilled by his play and how impressed the Chatterleys were by it. He's full of energy, shining like a bright, brilliant light.
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