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'The Master of Ballantrae') is perfect; his portrayal of men (he almost never attempted women) is equally certain; his style has no superior in English; and his delicate sensibility and keenness of observation render him a master of description.
This was no better preparation than a round of social cheerfulness: perhaps it even increased the keenness of his sensibility.
The good effect of this politic course was demonstrated by the speedy arrive of a small pewter pyramid, curously constructed of platters and covers, whereof the boiled-beef-plates formed the base, and a foaming quart-pot the apex; the structure being resolved into its component parts afforded all things requisite and necessary for a hearty meal, to which Mr Swiveller and his friend applied themselves with great keenness and enjoyment.
Before they had proceeded many rods, the Indians stopped, and appeared to gaze at some signs on the earth with more than their usual keenness. Both father and son spoke quick and loud, now looking at the object of their mutual admiration, and now regarding each other with the most unequivocal pleasure.
But, barring this drawback, I am bound to own that he has stated no more than the truth in representing me as wounded to the heart by Rachel's treatment, and as leaving England in the first keenness of suffering caused by the bitterest disappointment of my life.
In writing it down I feel with only too much keenness the inadequacy of pen and ink --and, above all, my own inadequacy--to express its quality.
In encounters with guards and patrols he displayed the keenness of a detective and the valor of a gamin.
Instead, he became angry, and showed it; he said two or three quite nasty things; Anne's temper flashed up mutinously and she retorted with a cutting little speech whose keenness pierced even Charlie's protective Sloanishness and reached the quick; he caught up his hat and flung himself out of the house with a very red face; Anne rushed upstairs, falling twice over Miss Ada's cushions on the way, and threw herself on her bed, in tears of humiliation and rage.
FILE- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi CAIRO, 3 September 2019: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi reiterated on Tuesday his keenness on maintaining consultation with senior officials of international financial institutions to support economic development in Egypt.
She underlined keenness of the legislative branch to provide legislative and legal support and activate agreements between the two friendly countries.
BAGHDAD / NINA /- Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed al-Halboussi, stressed Iraq's keenness on the stability of the region and reduce tension and avoid conflicts in it.
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