1. "They were rude, inconsiderate, unpleasant to look at, and I suppose they developed in me a feeling of being unable to stand this life of sycophancy any longer."
The Greek for sycophant is συκοφάντης (sykophántēs). It suggests someone who brings all kinds of charges and proves none, according to a client of Demosthenes. A client of Lysias adds the perspective of blackmail: "It is their practice to bring charges even against those who have done no wrong. wikipedia.
2. "It was one of the most moribund performances I have ever attended."
stagnant; without force or vitality freedictionary.com
3. "Clear away a vista here--and then you come this way--"
a view or prospect, especially one seen through a long, narrow avenue or passage, as between rows of trees or houses.
4. "I spoke to her in a jocular way."
characterized by joking and good humour
5."I believe the urge to have one's fortune told is almost invariable in women."
6. "I plumped for coffee. I've grown out of the tea drinking habit."