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  • Sergey Ivanovitch put in with a subtle smile.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • As he said this, Stepan Arkadyevitch smiled subtly.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Stepan Arkadyevitch smiled a subtle affectionate smile as he listened to Levin.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • This man, so subtle and astute in official life, did not realize all the senselessness of such an attitude to his wife.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "It would be difficult to find two sons-in-law more unlike than yours," he said with a subtle smile.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • With a face full of light and thought, full of a subtle, complex inner life, that was remote from Levin, she was gazing beyond him at the glow of the sunrise.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "But, you know, there are always moral, spiritual causes at the back in these cases," the family doctor permitted himself to interpolate with a subtle smile.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Although his artistic sense was unceasingly at work collecting materials, although he felt a continually increasing excitement as the moment of criticizing his work drew nearer, he rapidly and subtly formed, from imperceptible signs, a mental image of these three persons.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …to his brother's argument with the professor, he noticed that they connected these scientific questions with those spiritual problems, that at times they almost touched on the latter; but every time they were close upon what seemed to him the chief point, they promptly beat a hasty retreat, and plunged again into a sea of subtle distinctions, reservations, quotations, allusions, and appeals to authorities, and it was with difficulty that he understood what they were talking about.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "But," said Sergey Ivanovitch, smiling subtly, and addressing Karenin, "One must allow that to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of classical and scientific studies is a difficult task, and the question which form of education was to be preferred would not have been so quickly and conclusively decided if there had not been in favor of classical education, as you expressed it just now, its moral—disons le mot—anti-nihilist influence."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "'Nothing,'" he put in with a subtle smile, "that's the very best way.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Now, perhaps, she doesn't know on purpose," said Betsy, with a subtle smile.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • You can see by that whether I guess right or wrong," said Stepan Arkadyevitch, gazing at Levin with a subtle smile.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "If it had not been for the distinctive property of anti-nihilistic influence on the side of classical studies, we should have considered the subject more, have weighed the arguments on both sides," said Sergey Ivanovitch with a subtle smile, "we should have given elbow-room to both tendencies.  (not reviewed by editor)

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