The head clerk looked at him with a condescending smile of compassion, and at the same time with a certain triumph, as at a novice under fire for the first time—as though he would say: "Well, how do you feel now?"
Because only peasants, or the most inexperienced novices deny everything flatly at examinations.
I’ve often maintained that that question should not be approached by a novice till he has a firm faith in the system.
There are no more uses of "novice" in the book.
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The novice receiver did not know all of his routes yet.
Even a novice investor will be successful if they keep costs low, diversify widely, and exercise patience.