In fact, Bazin, curious to know what the mendicant could want with his master, kept pace with him as well as he could, and arrived almost at the same time he did; but his quickness
was not of much use to him.
Dantes possessed a prodigious memory, combined with an astonishing quickness
and readiness of conception; the mathematical turn of his mind rendered him apt at all kinds of calculation, while his naturally poetical feelings threw a light and pleasing veil over the dry reality of arithmetical computation, or the rigid severity of geometry.
They have none of them much to recommend them," replied he; "they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness
than her sisters.
Practice, says Captain Bonneville, has given such a quickness
of eye to the experienced trapper in all that relates to his pursuit, that he can detect the slightest sign of beaver, however wild; and although the lodge may be concealed by close thickets and overhanging willows, he can generally, at a single glance, make an accurate guess at the number of its inmates.
There is a quickness
of perception in some, a nicety in the discernment of character, a natural penetration, in short, which no experience in others can equal, and Lady Russell had been less gifted in this part of understanding than her young friend.
It is no grace to a judge, first to find that, which he might have heard in due time from the bar; or to show quickness
of conceit, in cutting off evidence or counsel too short; or to prevent information by questions, though pertinent.
At such times as this, apprehending the grounds of her refusal to be her modest sense of incompetence in matters social and polite, he would say that she was wonderfully well-informed and versatile--which was certainly true, her natural quickness
, and her admiration for him, having led her to pick up his vocabulary, his accent, and fragments of his knowledge, to a surprising extent.
He delighted in the radiant good looks of his betrothed, in her health, her horsemanship, her grace and quickness
at games, and the shy interest in books and ideas that she was beginning to develop under his guidance.
A stealthy glance below revealed no guard in sight, and so with the quickness
and the soundlessness of cats we dropped together into the main cabin of the submarine.
Sampson, an ignorant man conscious of his incompetence, but with a shrewdness that enabled him to combine other people's suggestions, constantly asked the opinion of the assistants in his department in making up new designs; and he had the quickness
to see that Philip's criticisms were valuable.
But Sabor knew well the wondrous quickness
of the jungle folk and their almost unbelievable powers of hearing.
But, with the womanly and courtierlike quickness
and tact habitual to her, Anna Pavlovna wished both to rebuke him (for daring to speak he had done of a man recommended to the Empress) and at the same time to console him, so she said:
With the quickness
of David at the switch, I slipped a blotting-pad over the dedication, and then, "Pray be seated," I said coldly, but she remained standing, all in a twitter and very much afraid of me, and I know that her hands were pressed together within the muff.
A tent was also pitched for the Scarecrow's party; and when these preparations had been made, with military precision and quickness
, the army retired to rest.
I tried to amuse the little fellow, and listened to all his chatter as complacently as I could; for I thought if he had any affections at all, I would endeavour to win them; and then, in time, I might be able to show him the error of his ways: but I looked in vain for that generous, noble spirit his mother talked of; though I could see he was not without a certain degree of quickness
and penetration, when he chose to exert it.