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  • She was a woman of middle-age, with well-formed features of the type usually found where perspicacity is the chief quality enthroned within.   (source)
    perspicacity = the capacity to quickly assess situations and make good decisions
  • I admire your perspicacity as well as your caution," said the Jackal's intermediary.†   (source)
  • He winced a little at her terrifying perspicacity, and longed to ask: "And May—do they quote her?"†   (source)
  • Doubtless Swann's voice shewed a finer perspicacity than his own when it refused to utter those words full of disgust at the Verdurins and their circle, and of joy at his having shaken himself free of it, save in an artificial and rhetorical tone, and as though his words had been chosen rather to appease his anger than to express his thoughts.†   (source)
  • Very likely, with the perspicacity of her sex, she gave out as an accomplished fact what she felt was pretty sure to become a fact in a few days.†   (source)
  • He seemed pleased at my perspicacity.†   (source)
  • The surgeon spoke with the fluency due to long practice and with the admirable perspicacity which distinguished him.†   (source)
  • How well she deceived her father we shall have occasion to learn; but her innocent arts were of little avail before a person of the rare perspicacity of Mrs. Penniman.†   (source)
  • "You go and fetch her down, Tom," said Mr. Tulliver, rather sharply,—his perspicacity or his fatherly fondness for Maggie making him suspect that the lad had been hard upon "the little un," else she would never have left his side.†   (source)
  • Madame Merle had predicted to Mrs. Touchett that after their young friend had put her hand into her pocket half a dozen times she would be reconciled to the idea that it had been filled by a munificent uncle; and the event justified, as it had so often justified before, that lady's perspicacity.†   (source)
  • "Sire," said Villefort, "the suddenness of this event must prove to your majesty that the issue is in the hands of Providence; what your majesty is pleased to attribute to me as profound perspicacity is simply owing to chance, and I have profited by that chance, like a good and devoted servant—that's all.†   (source)
  • But I have desired to avoid distracting the attention of the reader from the narrative, and have mainly left the understanding of it to his good sense and perspicacity.†   (source)
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