’Now,’ muttered the Jew, as he knocked at the door, ’if there is any deep play here, I shall have it out of you, my girl, cunning as you are.’
But Mr. Bumble was cunning enough; and he at once saw that an opportunity was opened, for the lucrative disposal of some secret in the possession of his better half.
The Jew seemed much vexed by Oliver’s not expressing any greater curiosity on the subject; but the truth is, that, although Oliver felt very anxious, he was too much confused by the earnest cunning of Fagin’s looks, and his own speculations, to make any further inquiries just then.
’I know I ain’t as cunning as you are,’ replied Charlotte; ’but don’t put all the blame on me, and say I should have been locked up.
’Oh! yer a cunning old codger!’
’I was a regular cunning sneak when I was at school.
I say by me—I see that your cunning associate suppressed my name, although for ought he knew, it would be quite strange to your ears.
My mother found it, after a year of cunning search—ay, and found the child.’
Adept as she was, in all the arts of cunning and dissimulation, the girl Nancy could not wholly conceal the effect which the knowledge of the step she had taken, wrought upon her mind.
Cunning, ferocity, and drunkeness in all its stages, were there, in their strongest aspect; and women: some with the last lingering tinge of their early freshness almost fading as you looked: others with every mark and stamp of their sex utterly beaten out, and presenting but one loathsome blank of profligacy and crime; some mere girls, others but young women, and none past the prime of life; formed the darkest and saddest portion of this dreary picture.
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She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
The worst mix — greedy, cunning, and without morals.