She had a round, highly colored face in which was combined good-natured shrewdness and the habit of command.
Abel was a shrewd, grave giant, illiterate, kind of heart, older than the other boys and with as good or better manners in the presence of ladies.
Mammy emerged from the hall, a huge old woman with the small, shrewd eyes of an elephant.
She was proud of Gerald and what he had accomplished unaided except by his shrewd Irish brain.
Shrewd man that he was, he knew that it was no less than a miracle that he, an Irishman with nothing of family and wealth to recommend him, should win the daughter of one of the wealthiest and proudest families on the Coast.
But I do like you tremendously— for the elasticity of your conscience, for the selfishness which you seldom trouble to hide, and for the shrewd practicality in you which, I fear, you get from some not too remote Irish-peasant ancestor.
His clear hand, his accurate figures and his shrewd ability in bargaining won their respect, where a knowledge of literature and a fine appreciation of music, had young Gerald possessed them, would have moved them to snorts of contempt.
She had a shrewd suspicion that the reason he had so much money left over was that he had not bought the fowls or most of the food.
To have to pit her red lips and green eyes and her shrewd shallow brain against the Yankees and everything the Yankees stood for.
She was Gerald’s own daughter and the shrewd trading instinct she had inherited was now sharpened by her needs.
He was sixty years old and his crisp curly hair was silver-white, but his shrewd face was unlined and his hard little blue eyes were young with the unworried youthfulness of one who has never taxed his brain with problems more abstract than how many cards to draw in a poker game.
They knew instinctively what they were about, as did the Wilkeses, though in widely divergent ways, and in them there was no such conflict as frequently raged in Scarlett’s bosom where the blood of a softvoiced, overbred Coast aristocrat mingled with the shrewd, earthy blood of an Irish peasant.
He listened to her talk of the store and the mills and the saloon, the convicts and the cost of feeding them, and gave shrewd hard-headed advice.
And she could understand his shrewd caginess, so like her own, his obstinate pride that kept him from admitting his love for fear of a rebuff.
That he was a shrewd trader brought him Scarlett’s respect, for he could ride out in the mornings with a bushel or two of apples, sweet potatoes and other vegetables and return with seeds, lengths of cloth, flour and other necessities which she knew she could never have acquired, good trader though she was.