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  • with the most childlike candour
  • Stupid nonsense, and in a matter which ought to be approached with all candour and open-heartedness.
  • H’m! you are candid, however—and that is commendable.
  • You see, I am perfectly candid with you.
  • And do not suppose that I am so candid out of pure simplicity of soul.
  • "No, Ferdishenko would not; he is a candid fellow, Nastasia Philipovna," said that worthy.
  • When Totski had approached the general with his request for friendly counsel as to a marriage with one of his daughters, he had made a full and candid confession.
  • The general, who had heard nothing of it before, began to listen with some interest, while Gania, drily, but with perfect candour, went through the whole history, including the fact of his apology to the prince.
  • Madame Epanchin at first looked on him with disdain, and received him coldly, but in a short time he grew to please her, because, as she said, he "was candid and no flatterer"——a very true description.
  • I have thought over it all these last three days, and I have made up my mind that I ought to unbosom myself candidly before you at the first opportunity.
  • More candid, more exact, more honest, more honourable, and…. although I may show you my weak side, I challenge you all; you atheists, for instance!
  • A special characteristic of his was the naive candour with which he always listened to arguments which interested him, and with which he answered any questions put to him on the subject at issue.
  • But of late they have grown, more candid and are ashamed of the expression ’love of country,’ and have annihilated the very spirit of the words as something injurious and petty and undignified.
  • "Is that all, really?" said Aglaya, candidly, without the slightest show of confusion.
  • Gania’s speech had impressed him, with its terrible candour.
  • But what astonishes me more than anything is the fellow’s candid confession of weakness.
  • There is, in extreme cases, a final stage of cynical candour when a nervous man, excited, and beside himself with emotion, will be afraid of nothing and ready for any sort of scandal, nay, glad of it.
  • Evgenie meanwhile observed him attentively, and the rapidity of the questions, their simplicity, the prince’s candour, and at the same time, his evident perplexity and mental agitation, surprised him considerably.
  • Elizabetha Prokofievna sometimes informed the girls that they were a little too candid in this matter, but in spite of their outward deference to their mother these three young women, in solemn conclave, had long agreed to modify the unquestioning obedience which they had been in the habit of according to her; and Mrs. General Epanchin had judged it better to say nothing about it, though, of course, she was well aware of the fact.
  • He admitted that he was to blame for all, but candidly confessed that he could not bring himself to feel any remorse for his original guilt towards herself, because he was a man of sensual passions which were inborn and ineradicable, and that he had no power over himself in this respect; but that he wished, seriously, to marry at last, and that the whole fate of the most desirable social union which he contemplated, was in her hands; in a word, he confided his all to her generosity of…
  • ) The sisters replied candidly and fully enough to their mother’s impatient questions on her return.

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  • Don’t worry about my feelings. I’d like your candid opinion.
  • My candid opinion is that their team is much better than ours, but an upset isn’t impossible.

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