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acute
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The Scarlet Letter
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acute
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • But she said it with a hesitation that did not escape the acuteness of the child.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It was immediately responded to by a light, airy, childish laugh, in which, with a thrill of the heart—but he knew not whether of exquisite pain, or pleasure as acute—he recognised the tones of little Pearl.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • His gifts were emphatically those of a man of business; prompt, acute, clear-minded; with an eye that saw through all perplexities, and a faculty of arrangement that made them vanish as by the waving of an enchanter's wand.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "At least, they shall say of me," thought this exemplary man, "that I leave no public duty unperformed or ill-performed!" Sad, indeed, that an introspection so profound and acute as this poor minister's should be so miserably deceived! We have had, and may still have, worse things to tell of him; but none, we apprehend, so pitiably weak; no evidence, at once so slight and irrefragable, of a subtle disease that had long since begun to eat into the real substance of his character.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • If, heretofore, I had been none of the warmest of partisans I began now, at this season of peril and adversity, to be pretty acutely sensible with which party my predilections lay; nor was it without something like regret and shame that, according to a reasonable calculation of chances, I saw my own prospect of retaining office to be better than those of my democratic brethren.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But now the idea came strongly into Hester's mind, that Pearl, with her remarkable precocity and acuteness, might already have approached the age when she could have been made a friend, and intrusted with as much of her mother's sorrows as could be imparted, without irreverence either to the parent or the child.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Come he longs to greet thee!" "Doth he love us?" said Pearl, looking up with acute intelligence into her mother's face.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: acute pain
as in: acute vision
as in: an acute angle
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