Now that they were into the exultation of the war story, Sherman couldn’t resist giving himself an opening for a little praise.
Maria said, “Well, I just did it on — I don’t know — instinct.” Typical of her; she didn’t notice the opening.
“Yeah,” said Sherman, “well, it was a damned good instinct. I kind of had my hands full at that point!” An opening big enough for a truck.
This one even she noticed.
— Tom Wolfe The Bonfire of the Vanities