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  • Perhaps the abilities of women are neither sound nor acute—neither vigorous nor keen.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Her own feelings entirely engrossed her; her wretchedness was most acute on finding herself obliged to go directly home.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • This compliment, delightful as it was, produced severe mortification to the lady; and in giving her denial, she expressed her sorrow on the occasion so very much as if she really felt it that had Thorpe, who joined her just afterwards, been half a minute earlier, he might have thought her sufferings rather too acute.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …simple feelings, this odd sort of reserve seemed neither kindly meant, nor consistently supported; and its unkindness she would hardly have forborne pointing out, had its inconsistency been less their friend; but Anne and Maria soon set her heart at ease by the sagacity of their "I know what"; and the evening was spent in a sort of war of wit, a display of family ingenuity, on one side in the mystery of an affected secret, on the other of undefined discovery, all equally acute.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Well read in the art of concealing a treasure, the possibility of false linings to the drawers did not escape her, and she felt round each with anxious acuteness in vain.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: acute pain
as in: acute vision
as in: an acute angle
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