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Definition: Keen; clever

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Master Tales of Mystery - By Francis J. (CON) Reynolds
...When he found that nothing was to be expected from his two astute employers, and that they were in as bad a place as himself, he promptly turned State 's evidence, and told all that he knew about them ....
The Age of Innocence - By Edith Wharton
...he exclaimed, casting a wondering eye on the astute and haggard little countenance of young Carfry 's French tutor ....
War and Peace - By Leo Tolstoy
...We can not believe that several millions of Christian men should have been ready to kill each other because Napoleon was ambitious, because Alexander was vacillating, because England was astute, or because the Duke of Oldenburg had been insulted ....
The Age of Innocence - By Edith Wharton, Philip M. Parker
...he exclaimed, casting a wondering eye on the astute and haggard little countenance of young Carfry 's French tutor ....
The House of Mirth - By Edith Wharton, Albert Beck Wenzell
...sporting circles -RRB- had already sacrificed one husband, and sundry minor considerations, to her determination to get on; and, having obtained a hold on Carry Fisher, she was astute enough to perceive the wisdom of committing herself entirely to that lady 's guidance ....
The Return of the Native - By Thomas Hardy, John William Cunliffe
...`` He is a very honest and at the same tune astute man ....
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - By Robert Louis Stevenson
...Yet the creature was astute; mastered his fury with a great effort of the will; composed `` his two important letters, one to Lanyon and one to Poole; and that he might receive actual evidence of their being posted, sent them out with directions that they should be registered ....
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - By Robert Louis Stevenson
...Yet the creature was astute; mastered his fury with a great effort of the will; composed his two important letters, one to Lanyon and one to Poole; and that he might receive actual evidence of their being posted, sent them out with directions that they should be registered ....
This Side of Paradise - By Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940, Francis Scott Fitzgerald
...Children, most astute of match-makers, plot their campaigns quickly, and Sally had played a clever correspondence sonata to Isabelle 's excitable temperament ....
Of Human Bondage - By William Somerset Maugham
...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 . "...
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc - By Mark Twain, Roy J. Friedman Mark Twain Collection (Library of Congress)
...Did the astute Bedford, representative of the English crown ?...
The mill on the Floss - By George Eliot, Charles Henshaw Ward
...If Mrs. Moss had been one of the most astute women in the world, instead of being one of the simplest, she could have thought of nothing more likely to propitiate her brother than this praise of Maggie ....
Villette - By Charlotte Bront
...Desiree proved herself the true daughter of her astute parent, by never suffering either her countenance or manner to betray the least sign of mortification on discovering the loss ....
The Song of the Lark - By Willa Cather, Houghton Mifflin Company, Riverside Press
...As gullible as a schoolboy, he had jianaged, with his sharp eye and knowing air and twisted blond mustaches, to pass himself off for an astute financier, and the Denver papers respectfully referred to him as the Rothschild of Cripple Creek ....
The Custom of the Country - By Edith Wharton
...His physical appearance was unchanged : he was as compact and ruddy as ever, with the same astute eyes under the...
Men of Iron - By Howard Pyle
...Upon the other hand, the Prince of Wales 's faction had been steadily, and of late rapidly, increasing in power, and in the Earl of Mackworth, its virtual head, it possessed one of the most capable politicians and astute intriguers in Europe ....
The Last Days of Pompeii - By Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton
...The proud lone took care to conceal the anguish she endured; and the pridfl of woman has an hypocrisy, which can deceive the most penetrating, and shame the most astute ....
Victory - By Joseph Conrad
...Both were astute enough, however, and both were aware that they had plunged into this adventure without a sufficient scrutiny of detail ....
Twenty Years After - By Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet
...D'Artagnan smiled--he was quite the man to understand the astute Italian ....