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The Idiot
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  • "You are shockingly naive, prince," said Lebedeff’s nephew in mocking tones.
  • 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.
  • For instance, Alexandra Ivanovna liked to sleep late, and was always dreaming, though her dreams had the peculiarity of being as innocent and naive as those of a child of seven; and the very innocence of her dreams annoyed her mother.
  • "You respect her very much, don’t you?" she added, quite unconscious of the naiveness of the question.
  • You are trying to comfort me for the naiveness with which you disagreed with me—eh?
  • I should have said, of course, ’Make peace with Alexander,’ but as a child I expressed my idea in the naive way recorded.
  • "Afraid of YOU?" asked Aglaya, beside herself with naive amazement that the other should dare talk to her like this.
  • It was true enough that he was sometimes naive to a degree in his curiosity; but he was also an excessively cunning gentleman, and the prince was almost converting him into an enemy by his repeated rebuffs.
  • "And do you know," the prince continued, "I am amazed at your naive ways, Lebedeff!

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  • I realize that some naive sliver of me hoped that he was better than this.
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