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shrewd
used in Jane Eyre

5 uses
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Definition
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
  • I was standing before him; he fixed his eyes on me very steadily: his eyes were small and grey; not very bright, but I dare say I should think them shrewd now: he had a hard-featured yet good-natured looking face.
    Chapter 3 (57% in)
  • The stone was just broad enough to accommodate, comfortably, another girl and me, at that time my chosen comrade — one Mary Ann Wilson; a shrewd, observant personage, whose society I took pleasure in, partly because she was witty and original, and partly because she had a manner which set me at my ease.
    Chapter 9 (34% in)
  • Adele was not easy to teach that day; she could not apply: she kept running to the door and looking over the banisters to see if she could get a glimpse of Mr. Rochester; then she coined pretexts to go downstairs, in order, as I shrewdly suspected, to visit the library, where I knew she was not wanted; then, when I got a little angry, and made her sit still, she continued to talk incessantly of her "ami, Monsieur Edouard Fairfax DE Rochester," as she dubbed him (I had not before heard...
    Chapter 13 (5% in)
  • Other eyes besides mine watched these manifestations of character — watched them closely, keenly, shrewdly.
    Chapter 18 (33% in)
  • There was much sense in your smile: it was very shrewd, and seemed to make light of your own abstraction.
    Chapter 27 (66% in)

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