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The House of Mirth
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  • "Oh, I don’t mean that; he wouldn’t believe it of you—at first," said Mrs. Trenor, with candid shrewdness.
  • Lily, who was intensely practical, would have preferred a fixed allowance; but Mrs. Peniston liked the periodical recurrence of gratitude evoked by unexpected cheques, and was perhaps shrewd enough to perceive that such a method of giving kept alive in her niece a salutary sense of dependence.
  • Mrs. Fisher had not hesitated to suggest the likelihood of Dorset’s marrying Miss Bart if "anything happened"; and though Mrs. Fisher’s conclusions were notoriously rash, she was shrewd enough in reading the signs from which they were drawn.
  • But it was in the quality of his admiration that she read his shrewd estimate of her case.

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  • She is a shrewd negotiator.
  • She watched him with a shrewd eye.

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