What does 'a patient smile' mean?
When des one give a patient smile?
When he is embarassed? When he is confused?
You give a patient smile when you are being patient about something. Perhaps a small child is acting in an irritating manner but you don't get annoyed, you are patient as you know that small children often behave in this way. Then you might give the child a 'patient smile'.
Thanks for explanation. Last time, I also didn't get it clearly. Now I absolutely understand what it means. You are brilliant to give us the example like this one. Be cool, mam.
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"Can you give me any facts about the household? Is there a maid?"
"Her age?"
"I wouldn't know. Thirty eight?"
"You don't know if she has any followers?"
"No. I don't know her grandfather's name".
Mr. Savage gave me a patient smile.
Above is from a novel.
In the above context, Mr. Savage was a bit frustrated by the person's way of answering his questions, but
he didn't let his emotions get the better of him by giving the guy a patient smile.
Does this interpretation work?

Yes, seems fine to me.

You appear to be reading a rather old novel.

Best wishes, Clive
CliveYou appear to be reading a rather old novel.

Clive, though I'm not sure if it's really OLD, I'm halfway through 'The end of the affair' by Graham Greene.

What made you feel that the context is from an old book?
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What made you feel that the context is from an old book?

It's not common in modern England to have a maid.

The word 'followers' is no longer used in this way, meaning 'boyfriends' or 'male friends'.

Best wishes, Clive
Clive, thank you for your quick reply.
OK, I see. Fewer people these days hire maids.
Also, I haven't known the meaning of 'followers' as 'boyfriends' or 'girlfriends'
So 'a patient smile' itself doesn't sound like an old word, does it?

I've found that there are similar words to 'a patient smile', which are 'a forced smile' and 'a wry smile'.
Could you please explain how these two words differ from 'a patient smile'?
Forced - not a genuine smile, one you are forcing yourself to make.

wry 1. -having a bent or twisted shape or condition <a wry smile>;

3 : cleverly and often ironically or grimly humorous.

I think that a wry smile results when that definition 3 is in the smilers mind, and they show it by smiling as in definition 1.

You can look up these sorts of words in a dictionary...
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