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Arthur knew the rector too well to suppose that a clever invention would be of any use, so he said, with his accustomed frankness, "No, I went to look at the pretty butter-maker Hetty Sorrel.
At length a man came from a distance and wooed her, who was called Hans; but he stipulated that Clever Elsie should be really smart.
Men can't bear clever women, and a woman's ideal man is some one she can call a "dear old stupid.
He knew that all the intellectual lights of Petersburg were gathered there and, like a child in a toyshop, did not know which way to look, afraid of missing any clever conversation that was to be heard.
For this fell purpose he had backed the astounded De Vac twice around the hall when, with a clever feint, and backward step, the master of fence drew the King into the position he wanted him, and with the suddenness of lightning, a little twist of his foil sent Henry's weapon clanging across the floor of the armory.
At the same time you might just drop a hint to your wife, and to that remarkably clever young niece of hers, Miss Penelope Morse.
You're a very clever little boy, come to think of it--very clever indeed.
A Fox was boasting to a Cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies.
the salon assumed a piquant morning look, quite in keeping with the becoming toilet hastily got together by the fugitive; we say it to her glory, for she was evidently a clever woman, in this at least.
She was very beautiful; a more clever, or a more lovely countenance he could not fancy to himself; and she no longer appeared of ice as before, when she sat outside the window, and beckoned to him; in his eyes she was perfect, he did not fear her at all, and told her that he could calculate in his head and with fractions, even; that he knew the number of square miles there were in the different countries, and how many inhabitants they contained; and she smiled while he spoke.
Commonly he was a clever man, and he was inspired tonight with a wild omniscience, a folly wiser than the world, that which comes to a young man who has seen for an instant a particular expression on a particular face.
See here, he knew that in his position he was bound to be suspected, so he conceived the exceedingly clever idea of preparing a lot of manufactured evidence against himself.
One of the clever people belonging to the set had called it "the conscience of Petersburg society.
There have always been the stupid and the clever, the slave and the master, the peasant and the prince.
She's awful clever, and none but a clever one durst say a word to her.