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Finally, he took out a handkerchief and wiped the messy streaks from her cheeks and managed to get a halfhearted smile.
James Stewart received the Hamilton earldom of Arran, and under him and Lennox the young king began his long strife with the kirk and his halfhearted dealings with the Catholics and his mother.
The alliance with the Liberals had always been halfhearted, and he wished to regain his full freedom of action; he regarded as an uncontrollable bondage all support that was not given unconditionally.
His old party associates regarded him as a renegade, the Democrats gave him a halfhearted support.