Darcy's indifference, and she could do nothing but wonder at such a want of penetration
, or fear that perhaps, instead of his seeing too little, she might have fancied too much.
Catherine felt that nothing could have been safer; but ashamed of an ignorance little expected, she dared no longer contest the point, nor refuse to have been as full of arch penetration
and affectionate sympathy as Isabella chose to consider her.
There is still much, much before us," he said, as if with an old man's penetration
he understood all that was passing in Bolkonski's mind.
I tried to amuse the little fellow, and listened to all his chatter as complacently as I could; for I thought if he had any affections at all, I would endeavour to win them; and then, in time, I might be able to show him the error of his ways: but I looked in vain for that generous, noble spirit his mother talked of; though I could see he was not without a certain degree of quickness and penetration
, when he chose to exert it.
He described Tudor's expedition up the Balesuna; the dragging of the boats up the rapids; the passage up the river where it threaded the grass-lands; the innumerable washings of gravel by the white men in search of gold; the first rolling foothills; the man-traps of spear-staked pits in the jungle trails; the first meeting with the bushmen, who had never seen tobacco, and knew not the virtues of smoking; their friendliness; the deeper penetration
of the interior around the flanks of the Lion's Head; the bush- sores and the fevers of the white men, and their madness in trusting the bushmen.
The subtle penetration
which had long since led her to the discovery of his secret--overpowered, thus far, by the absorbing interest of the moment--now recovered its activity.
He is full of quickness and penetration
, piercing easily below the clumsy platitudes of Thrasymachus to the real difficulty; he turns out to the light the seamy side of human life, and yet does not lose faith in the just and true.
said I; and whether I rightly divined his musings or not, the observation chimed in with his thoughts, for he answered - 'It can't be helped,' with a rueful smile at my penetration
Much higher and harder exercises of judgment and penetration
may reasonably be expected from the upper graduates in criticism.
It was this which had given poise and penetration
to her own work and made her of worth to the world.
Well," says Alan, "I wish he was a man of more penetration
, for by my troth I am afraid he will make little enough of it
I believe it to be an intuitive discernment, a quick but never-failing power of judgment, a penetration
into the causes of things, unequalled for clearness and precision; add to this a facility of expression and a voice whose varied intonations are soul-subduing music.