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Second, they know that Mr Blair - alone among the big political beasts - has the charisma and quick-wittedness to carry off a performance under pressure on the TV couch.
Lupin's resourceful blend of insouciance, physical grace, quick-wittedness and guts makes him a very appealing character on which to hang a film.
Louise's defense of her position against the initial challenge to her guardianship shows quick-wittedness, political acumen, and courage in facing the attacks of a well-positioned and powerful court favorite (Rohan fell from grace in 1505, but before that he was highly regarded, as his appointment as Francois's protector attests).
The fact that he survived two assassination attempts, in 1971 and 1972, not only through luck but through his own courage and quick-wittedness, clinched it in his own mind and probably in the minds of most Moroccans.
The stories, illustrating the triumphs of virtue, honor, and quick-wittedness, and the frustration of vice and hypocrisy, contain a strong element of satire directed against licentious and grasping monks and clerics.
Obviously, these are intellectual in genre and require quick-wittedness.
Reflecting US thinking, Carnegie Moscow Centre scholar Dmitry Trenin wrote shortly after the Putin invasion of Georgia in August 2008 that the West noted "Medvedev's quick-wittedness, his calm style of conducting talks, and his clear desire to show that he is the one who is the real master of Russian diplomacy There are much greater grounds for expecting that Dmitry Medvedevwill slowly but steadily concentrate powers in his own hands" - with Putin's blessings.