Dressed Up

"'Mona,' he said, lapsing into his W.C. Fields voice, 'get the boy a drink. The boy needs a drink. Have you noticed Charleen's boy friend, with the liquidy eyes--over there, with the damp lips? Also, Wallach, self-concerned. A big dumb beautiful girl like Charleen, married to an introspective dermatologist--'

Mona was standing now; she was dressed up, and because I like her so much I'd rather not describe her outfit." (290)

Roth, Phillip. Letting Go. London: Corgi Books, 1967 [1961].

Roth, master of civility.