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It was a delicate part which I had to play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our hands were tied in the matter.
It struck me that so astute a man as Straker would not undertake this delicate tendon-nicking without a little practice.
On the strength of a batting average of thirty-three point nought seven for Middlesex, he had been engaged by the astute musical-comedy impresario to whom the idea first occurred that, if you have got to have young men to chant 'We are merry and gay, tra-la, for this is Bohemia,' in the Artists' Ball scene, you might just as well have young men whose names are known to the public.
he exclaimed, casting a wondering eye on the astute and haggard little countenance of young Carfry's French tutor.
Cronshaw was astute enough to know that the young man disapproved of him, and he attacked his philistinism with an irony which was sometimes playful but often very keen.
To us it is incomprehensible that millions of Christian men killed and tortured each other either because Napoleon was ambitious or Alexander was firm, or because England's policy was astute or the Duke of Oldenburg wronged.
This deal to-day, in which he had held his own against the shrewdest and most astute men of the great city, had more than doubled his already large fortune.
I notice that you have profited in the past by those very labour gouges you mention," insinuated Brentwood, one of the wiliest and most astute of our corporation lawyers.
The Justice meditated on this answer with an air of astute profundity.
Alfred Inglethorp that astute gentleman would have--in your so expressive idiom--'smelt a rat'
Careful, have I found all buyers, and all of them have astute eyes.
A great part of the altered demeanour and popularity of Sir Pitt Crawley might have been traced to the counsels of that astute little lady of Curzon Street.