The grin flickered on his face

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 408, chapter 18) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Mellors told Connie he couldnt' just be her male concubine, Connie felt Mellors didn't trust her, Mellors said..…)

‘As if you couldn’t trust me,’ she said.
The grin flickered on his face.
‘The money is yours, the position is yours, the decisions will lie with you. I’m not just my Lady’s fucker, after all.’

Grin is likely to indicate pleasure, anger, and ironicalness. How should I under this sentence please?

Thank you in advance
  • natkretep

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    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    I would suggest that you interpret the grin in the light of what he says in the next paragraph. That suggests that the grin is ironic.

    Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    I too thought of 'ironic', probably because you had suggested it. Then I thought of 'bitter amusement', at her naivety and inability to understand his feelings.
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