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ingenious
used in Oliver Twist

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showing cleverness and originality
  • The success of Mr. Sowerberry's ingenious speculation, exceeded even his most sanguine hopes.
    Chapter 6 — Oliver, Being Goaded by the Taunts of Noah, Rouses into Action.... (4% in)
  • 'You'll make your fortune, Mr. Sowerberry,' said the beadle, as he thrust his thumb and forefinger into the proffered snuff-box of the undertaker: which was an ingenious little model of a patent coffin.
    Chapter 4 — Oliver, Being Offered Another Place, Makes His First.... (14% in)
  • Assisting Oliver to rise, the young gentleman took him to an adjacent chandler's shop, where he purchased a sufficiency of ready-dressed ham and a half-quartern loaf, or, as he himself expressed it, 'a fourpenny bran!' the ham being kept clean and preserved from dust, by the ingenious expedient of making a hole in the loaf by pulling out a portion of the crumb, and stuffing it therein.
    Chapter 8 — Oliver Walks to London. He encounters on the Road a.... (53% in)
  • Ingenious workman, ain't he, Oliver?'
    Chapter 9 — Containing Further Particulars Concerning the Pleansant.... (54% in)
  • In pursuance of this request, Nancy quickly laid the cloth; disappearing for a few minutes, she presently returned with a pot of porter and a dish of sheep's heads: which gave occasion to several pleasant witticisms on the part of Mr. Sikes, founded upon the singular coincidence of 'jemmies' being a can name, common to them, and also to an ingenious implement much used in his profession.
    Chapter 20 — Wherein Oliver is Delivered Over to Mr. William Sikes (85% in)
  • By the advice of Mr. Giles, they all talked very loud, to warn any evil-disposed person outside, that they were strong in numbers; and by a master-stoke of policy, originating in the brain of the same ingenious gentleman, the dogs' tails were well pinched, in the hall, to make them bark savagely.
    Chapter 28 — Looks after Oliver, and Proceeds with His Adventures (83% in)
  • 'This,' said Mr. Losberne, speaking softly, but with great vehemence notwithstanding, 'this is the lad, who, being accidently wounded by a spring-gun in some boyish trespass on Mr. What-d' ye-call-him's grounds, at the back here, comes to the house for assistance this morning, and is immediately laid hold of and maltreated, by that ingenious gentleman with the candle in his hand: who has placed his life in considerable danger, as I can professionally certify.'
    Chapter 31 — Involves a Critical Position (78% in)
  • Among other ingenious surmises, the question was then raised, whether Mr. Giles had really hit anybody; and upon examination of the fellow pistol to that which he had fired, it turned out to have no more destructive loading than gunpowder and brown paper: a discovery which made a considerable impression on everybody but the doctor, who had drawn the ball about ten minutes before.
    Chapter 31 — Involves a Critical Position (88% in)
  • 'A gentleman we met on the road, coming up from the country, recommended us here,' said Noah, nudging Charlotte, perhaps to call her attention to this most ingenious device for attracting respect, and perhaps to warn her to betray no surprise.
    Chapter 42 — An Old Acquaintance of Oliver's, Exhibiting Decided Marks.... (35% in)
  • His entrance was the signal for various homely jokes with the countrymen, which slackened not until he had made his supper, and opened his box of treasures, when he ingeniously contrived to unite business with amusement.
    Chapter 48 — The Flight of Sikes (33% in)

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