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The Age of Innocence
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guile
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The Age of Innocence
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  • Untrained human nature was not frank and innocent; it was full of the twists and defences of an instinctive guile.
  • No more guileless-looking cabinet particulier ever offered its shelter to a clandestine couple: Archer fancied he saw the sense of its reassurance in the faintly amused smile with which Madame Olenska sat down opposite to him.
  • In the centre of this enchanted garden Madame Nilsson, in white cashmere slashed with pale blue satin, a reticule dangling from a blue girdle, and large yellow braids carefully disposed on each side of her muslin chemisette, listened with downcast eyes to M. Capoul’s impassioned wooing, and affected a guileless incomprehension of his designs whenever, by word or glance, he persuasively indicated the ground floor window of the neat brick villa projecting obliquely from the right wing.

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  • Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
  • She had a guilelessness sometimes found in a young child being raised in a protective home.

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