Yet he never saw her, or exchanged a word with her, without feeling that, after all, May’s ingenuousness almost amounted to a gift of divination.
He had an idea that she knew how to take care of herself a good deal better than the ingenuous May imagined.
This struck from all three allusions to Edgar Poe and Jules Verne, and such platitudes as naturally rise to the lips of the most intelligent when they are talking against time, and dealing with a new invention in which it would seem ingenuous to believe too soon; and the question of the telephone carried them safely back to the big house.
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She plays a wide-eyed, ingenuous schoolgirl forced to grow up too quickly.
The face of the old man was stern, hard-featured, and forbidding; that of the young one, open, handsome, and ingenuous.
Dickens, Charles -- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby