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It's a most amaz'n' good idea, duke -- you HAVE got a rattlin' clever head on you," says the king.
It was just an ordinary family; two or three of the children were handsome and the rest plain, three of them rather clever, two industrious, and two commonplace and dull.
Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twentyone years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
the clever boy whom I have brought up to bring shame on me.
And he stalked away into the jungle, feeling he had been rather smart and clever.
This king was a leper, and all his doctors had been unable to cure him, when a very clever physician came to his court.
Many, many thousand years ago there lived a mighty King whom heaven had blessed with a clever and beautiful son.
There were none who knew Messer Antonio da Venafro as the servant of Pandolfo Petrucci, Prince of Siena, who would not consider Pandolfo to be a very clever man in having Venafro for his servant.
She knew still better, that Adam Bede--tall, upright, clever, brave Adam Bede--who carried such authority with all the people round about, and whom her uncle was always delighted to see of an evening, saying that "Adam knew a fine sight more o' the natur o' things than those as thought themselves his betters"--she knew that this Adam, who was often rather stern to other people and not much given to run after the lasses, could be made to turn pale or red any day by a word or a look from her.
He is a clever boy," she continued with enthusiasm, "but he needs a man like your Lordship to draw him out
He is getting on beautifully with his French; for though I don't think the place is so good as papa supposed, yet Harold is so immensely clever that he can scarcely help learning.
When cross he was always elaborate, and made long, clever answers where "Yes" or "No" would have done.