Though usually quite the wallflower, Natalie stepped into the spotlight with scienter: hosting tonight's small dinner party would inoculate her in preparation for next week's fundraising gala with the boisterous (but wealthy) gourmands.
My elderly neighbors, while still luculent, have become curmudgeonly and have taken a manichean view of the neighborhood: they conflate the harmless but gregarious teenagers on our street with a gang of hoodlums who threaten their peaceful porch.
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