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The Mill on the Floss
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subtle
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The Mill on the Floss
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  • It was a subtle act of conscience in Stephen that even he himself was not aware of.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But some subtle influence prevented him from foreseeing the good fortune as happening to himself.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And it was in this way that Philip justified his subtle efforts to overcome Maggie's true prompting against a concealment that would introduce doubleness into her own mind, and might cause new misery to those who had the primary natural claim on her.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And he had really given himself the trouble of recommending Mr. Stelling to his friend Tulliver without any positive expectation of a solid, definite advantage resulting to himself, notwithstanding the subtle indications to the contrary which might have misled a too-sagacious observer.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I am afraid there would have been a subtle, stealing gratification in her mind if she had known how entirely this saucy, defiant Stephen was occupied with her; how he was passing rapidly from a determination to treat her with ostentatious indifference to an irritating desire for some sign of inclination from her,—some interchange of subdued word or look with her.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Tom was not given to inquire subtly into his own motives any more than into other matters of an intangible kind; he was quite sure that his own motives as well as actions were good, else he would have had nothing to do with them.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • In the enlightened child of civilization the abandonment characteristic of grief is checked and varied in the subtlest manner, so as to present an interesting problem to the analytic mind.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • These familiar flowers, these well-remembered bird-notes, this sky, with its fitful brightness, these furrowed and grassy fields, each with a sort of personality given to it by the capricious hedgerows,—such things as these are the mother-tongue of our imagination, the language that is laden with all the subtle, inextricable associations the fleeting hours of our childhood left behind them.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Doubtless there remained a subtle aroma from his juvenile contact with the "De Senectute" and the fourth book of the "AEneid," but it had ceased to be distinctly recognizable as classical, and was only perceived in the higher finish and force of his auctioneering style.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: a subtle shade of blue
as in: a subtle poison
as in: a subtle difference or thinker
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