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used in Persuasion

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to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
  • When he talked, she heard the same voice, and discerned the same mind.
    Chapter 8 (11% in)
  • An hour's complete leisure for such reflections as these, on a dark November day, a small thick rain almost blotting out the very few objects ever to be discerned from the windows, was enough to make the sound of Lady Russell's carriage exceedingly welcome; and yet, though desirous to be gone, she could not quit the Mansion House, or look an adieu to the Cottage, with its black, dripping and comfortless veranda, or even notice through the misty glasses the last humble tenements of the...
    Chapter 13 (29% in)
  • These were thoughts, with their attendant visions, which occupied and flurried her too much to leave her any power of observation; and she passed along the room without having a glimpse of him, without even trying to discern him.
    Chapter 20 (50% in)
  • Anne sometimes fancied she discerned him at a distance, but he never came.
    Chapter 20 (80% in)
  • From his wife's account of him she could discern Mr Smith to have been a man of warm feelings, easy temper, careless habits, and not strong understanding, much more amiable than his friend, and very unlike him, led by him, and probably despised by him.
    Chapter 21 (86% in)

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