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Is comma needed and meaning of 'wavering'

 
 
Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 08:45 am
Pritam stopped reading, maliciously staring at Mr Bose(,) whose lips were wavering into a smile beneath the ragged moustache.

1. Is a comma needed after 'Bose'?

2. What does 'wavering' mean? I've referred to dictionaries, but the meanings given don't seem to give the meaning of the word used in the sentence.

Many thanks.
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2009 09:34 am
@tanguatlay,
waver - hesitate, pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness, falter, be unsure or weak

The line is from the short story by Anita Desai, "Private Tuition By Mr Bose." The latter was beginning, uncertainly, to smile. If Ms Desai, a competent and knowledgeable writer, thought that a comma was needed, she would certainly have inserted one.


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