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  • Yes, Amy is using a Madness song to give me a clue to my own freedom, if only I can decipher their wily, ska-infused codes.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But Zia turned out to be a very wily man.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • "Because we’re wily," said Hugh.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • …knave, so shrewd, cagey as well as calculating, as diabolical as I am vulpine, as tricky as I am untrustworthy …. well, I told you there were not words invented yet to explain how great my brain is, but let me put it this way: the world is several million years old and several billion people have at one time or another trod upon it, but I, Vizzini the Sicilian, am, speaking with pure candor and modesty, the slickest, sleekest, sliest and wiliest fellow who has yet come down the pike.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • He is so speedy, so wily, that mall workers long ago gave up trying to catch him.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • Wild things are elusive and wily and look out for themselves.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The titles were near as long as books themselves: Treatise on the Propagation of Sheep, the Manufacture of Wool, and the Cultivation and Manufacture of Flax, by John Wily, or Cato Major, Or His Discourse of Old-Age: With Explanatory Notes, by M. T. Cicero, or Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley, and countless tracts containing sermons and advice.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • "Damn wily Scot," I said, laughing despite myself.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • How wily is she to have discovered this path into the food and to be able to replicate it so neatly?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The Devil, as Reverend Hale said, is a wily one, and, until an hour before he fell, even God thought him beautiful in Heaven.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • Amalinze was a wily craftsman, but Okonkwo was as slippery as a fish in water.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • I will watch with the wiliness of a snake, that I may sting with its venom.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • A few minutes after that score, the same wily forward for Roswell snuck behind the Fugees defense and blasted another shot past Ervin.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • In short, the wily old Jew had the boy in his toils.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • These despised themselves, as being the dupes of a wily fraud, a guileful snake in the grass.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Ever the wily American.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • So wily was he that he had not trusted himself upon foot, but he had availed himself of a cab so that he could loiter behind or dash past them and so escape their notice.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Had he known more about dragons and their wily ways, he might have teen more frightened and less hopeful of catching this one napping.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • One of his comrades, talking of women, began chaffing Rostov, saying that he was more wily than any of them and that it would not be a bad thing if he introduced to them the pretty Polish girl he had saved.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He was a wily one, no doubt about it.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • And the coxswain, Israel Hands, was a careful, wily, old, experienced seaman who could be trusted at a pinch with almost anything.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Faithfulness and devotion, things born of fire and roof, were his; yet he retained his wildness and wiliness.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • So wily, and we must follow with wile.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Few women anywhere could resist such wily cajolery, and prostitutes would spring to their feet eagerly and hurl themselves into whatever fantastic poses he requested for them.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I know you shoot for sport, but have you ever hunted an animal wilier than you?I Had to Admit That rabbits were about as as wily it got.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • That Iraqi president was one wily devil, ducking and diving between his thirteen palaces, evading capture, making tape recordings, urging the dregs of his armed forces to keep killing us, encouraging the insurgents to continue the war against the great Satan (that’s us).
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Certainly a call to the visitors’ room had scarcely astonished Andrea less than themselves, for the wily youth, instead of making use of his privilege of waiting to be claimed on his entry into La Force, had maintained a rigid silence.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The wily practices, and the covert ways, I knew them all, and I so plied their art that to the earth’s end the sound went forth.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • What a wily person you are!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • She’s wily, that one.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • It is now too late to be saved by wiliness and he has lost the other.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The man spoke truly; he might unwittingly, in sheer terror, utter the shriek that might prove a warning to the wily Scarlet Pimpernel.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Ay, Sirs, on all sides I hear that in your ranks you scoff at me; That the Cadets, these loutish, mountain-bred, Poor country squires, and barons of Perigord, Scarce find for me—their Colonel—a disdain Sufficient! call me plotter, wily courtier!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Fitzgerald signals the new note by turning to a new meter, a longer heroic line: Now shrugging off his rags the wiliest fighter of the islands leapt and stood on the broad door sill, his own bow in his hand.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Back came the wily doctor.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • And there he was in great peril, for the giant was a wily fighter, but at last Sir Marhaus smote off his right arm above the elbow.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • The black tips of their shoes poked out from under their cuffs like the snouts of wily animals.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • "Pull it and hear the drum beat," said the wily man, holding out the string to Puli, and how could he resist it, who was only a child, when I myself was enchanted!
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • And there he was in great peril, for the giant was a wily fighter, but at last Sir Marhaus smote off his right arm above the elbow.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Slowly, his lips twist in a wily smile.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • By the second bag, I had become more wily.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • The prattle of the little ones and their pleasure in the stories I told them of elf and gnome, of hero and wily bear, are pleasant things to remember.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • He had no experience dealing with either warlords or wily merchants.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • They were wily foxes, and worse about joking when the two of them were together.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • "You won’t like EVERYTHING from India now, Miss Sharp," said the old gentleman; but when the ladies had retired after dinner, the wily old fellow said to his son, "Have a care, Joe; that girl is setting her cap at you."
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Louisa had proudly watched as Lou rose each time Hit knocked her down, the girl growing not more afraid through each tussle with the wily beast, but rather more determined.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • George had never caught anything, and the fish in the lagoon were much too wily to be trapped.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • There was silence for as long as two seconds and then the wily village voice began to answer him, ’We are poor, father.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • The flat, foolish pallathi, the silver paral, the wily, whiskered koori, the sometimes karimeen.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • His questioner perceiving that he was not likely to get a great deal of change out of such a wily old customer, fell to woolgathering on the enormous dimensions of the water about the globe, suffice it to say that, as a casual glance at the map revealed, it covered fully three fourths of it and he fully realised accordingly what it meant to rule the waves.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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