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  • But you have a discretion beyond your years, and can render me another kind of service, if you will; and a service I will thankfully accept of.’
  • Dick,’ said my aunt, ’don’t be a fool, because nobody can be more discreet than you can, when you choose.
  • She had a little basket-trifle hanging at her side, with keys in it; and she looked as staid and as discreet a housekeeper as the old house could have.
  • Traddles still remained, perhaps, but it was very doubtful; and I had not sufficient confidence in his discretion or good luck, however strong my reliance was on his good nature, to wish to trust him with my situation.
  • ’It would be better for yourself, and all of us, if you WERE mercenary, Mr. Copperfield — I mean, if you were more discreet and less influenced by all this youthful nonsense.
  • He assumed an expression of gloomy intelligence (though I am persuaded he knew no more about the discussion than I did), and highly approved of the discretion that had been observed.
  • But the manner of the speech, no less than the matter, was so fiery, that Miss Murdstone, without a word in answer, discreetly put her arm through her brother’s, and walked haughtily out of the cottage; my aunt remaining in the window looking after them; prepared, I have no doubt, in case of the donkey’s reappearance, to carry her threat into instant execution.
  • ’Really,’ interrupted Mrs. Markleham, ’if I have any discretion at all —’
  • The Doctor’s desire that Annie should be entertained, was therefore particularly acceptable to this excellent parent; who expressed unqualified approval of his discretion.
  • To this, I added the suggestion, that I should give some explanation of his character and history to Mr. Peggotty, who I knew could be relied on; and that to Mr. Peggotty should be quietly entrusted the discretion of advancing another hundred.
  • Before you come to that,’ said Traddles, a little disconcerted, ’I am afraid I thought it discreet to omit (not being able to carry everything before me) two points, in making this lawless adjustment — for it’s perfectly lawless from beginning to end — of a difficult affair.

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  • I trust her to be discreet.
  • You can count on her to be discreet.

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