This was a weak affectation that found its chief votaries amongst literary men ambitious of an easily earned artistic reputation.
His style is copious and flexible; abundantly idiomatic, but without any affectation of being so, it carries with it the force and freshness of popular speech, while it lacks not at the same time a flavour of academic culture.
The short-sighted policy of the amir Abdur Rahman in discouraging imports doubtless affected the balance, nor did his affectation of ignoring the railway between New Chaman and Kila Abdulla (on the Peshin side of the Khojak) conduce to the improvement of trade.
But there was no affectation in her assumption of a becoming bearing or in her picturesque words.
"What year did you enter the service?" he asked with that affectation of military bluntness and geniality with which he always addressed the soldiers.