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ingenious
used in Middlemarch

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showing cleverness and originality
  • Was there any ingenious plot, any hide-and-seek course of action, which might be detected by a careful telescopic watch?
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (46% in)
  • Mary Garth seemed all the plainer standing at an angle between the two nymphs—the one in the glass, and the one out of it, who looked at each other with eyes of heavenly blue, deep enough to hold the most exquisite meanings an ingenious beholder could put into them, and deep enough to hide the meanings of the owner if these should happen to be less exquisite.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (93% in)
  • ...and not being able to elicit the facts he needed, he left his frogs and rabbits to some repose under their trying and mysterious dispensation of unexplained shocks, and went to finish his evening at the theatre of the Porte Saint Martin, where there was a melodrama which he had already seen several times; attracted, not by the ingenious work of the collaborating authors, but by an actress whose part it was to stab her lover, mistaking him for the evil-designing duke of the piece.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (28% in)
  • Then, his preaching was ingenious and pithy, like the preaching of the English Church in its robust age, and his sermons were delivered without book.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (53% in)
  • The artist was diligent, and Will recovering himself moved about and occupied Mr. Casaubon as ingeniously as he could; but he did not in the end prevent the time from seeming long to that gentleman, as was clear from his expressing a fear that Mrs. Casaubon would be tired.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (91% in)
  • He had a certain shame about his neighbors' errors, and never spoke of them willingly; hence he was not likely to divert his mind from the best mode of hardening timber and other ingenious devices in order to preconceive those errors.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (4% in)
  • None the less they came to Stone Court daily and sat below at the post of duty, sometimes carrying on a slow dialogue in an undertone in which the observation and response were so far apart, that any one hearing them might have imagined himself listening to speaking automata, in some doubt whether the ingenious mechanism would really work, or wind itself up for a long time in order to stick and be silent.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (88% in)
  • This I have in my hand is an ingenious contrivance—a sort of practical rebus, I may call it: here, you see, it looks like an elegant heart-shaped box, portable—for the pocket; there, again, it becomes like a splendid double flower—an ornament for the table; and now"—Mr. Trumbull allowed the flower to fall alarmingly into strings of heart-shaped leaves—"a book of riddles!
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (69% in)
  • This ingenious article itself, without the elegant domino-box, card-basket, &c.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (70% in)
  • He had hit on a more ingenious mode of parrying than he was aware of.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (88% in)

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