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subtle
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The Age of Innocence
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subtle
Used in
The Age of Innocence
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  • What if, for some one of the subtler reasons that would tell with both of them, they should tire of each other, misunderstand or irritate each other?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He had dawdled over his cigar because he was at heart a dilettante, and thinking over a pleasure to come often gave him a subtler satisfaction than its realisation.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He had been before in drawing-rooms hung with red damask, with pictures "of the Italian school"; what struck him was the way in which Medora Manson's shabby hired house, with its blighted background of pampas grass and Rogers statuettes, had, by a turn of the hand, and the skilful use of a few properties, been transformed into something intimate, "foreign," subtly suggestive of old romantic scenes and sentiments.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Only old Catherine Mingott, with her absence of moral prejudices and almost parvenu indifference to the subtler distinctions, might have bridged the abyss; but she had never opened a book or looked at a picture, and cared for music only because it reminded her of gala nights at the Italiens, in the days of her triumph at the Tuileries.  (not reviewed by editor)

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