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  • Yet being subtill, crafty, and cautelous, he wrought so on the flexible nature of Ferando, that hee brought his wife with him divers dayes to the Monasterie; where they walked in the goodly Garden, discoursing on the beatitudes of eternall life, as also the most holy deedes of men and women, long since departed out of this life, in mervailous civill and modest manner.

    The Decameron

  • For proofe whereof, faire company, in a contrary kinde I will shew you the subtill cunning of one, who (perhaps) may bee reputed of lesse reckning then Massetto; and yet he went beyond a King, that thought himselfe to be a much wiser man.

    The Decameron

  • Querry, who partly saw, but felt what was done to him; perceived plainely (being a subtill ingenious fellow) for what intent he was thus marked.

    The Decameron

  • They are subtill and strong people, much addicted to drinking, for they will bee as drunke as Swine, with a kind of drinke made of Honie and Ryce.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • For they bee subtill people, and doe not alwaies speake the trueth, and thinke other men to bee like themselues.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Separacion doth each part from the other devide, The subtill fro the gross, fro the thick the thin.

    A Darker Place

  • He became a master storyteller, famed for his animal fables, a solver of riddles, and “subtill in cavillacions,” all of which drew him to the attention of the Babylonian court.

    Knotted Tongues

  • In the hynder ende, _Iupiter_ appoynting in hys steade, a prudent and subtill Sheepehearde as a Iudge, awakened by hym, as hee lay sleeping neere a most fayre Fountaine, whether of the three most fayre Goddesses, hee esteemed best worthie.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • This honourable Nymph, had her virgineall diuine and small body couered with a thinne subtill stuffe of greene silke, powdered with golde, vppon

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • This iollie wenche, wholy informed of Andreuccio his parentes, and of their names, made a plat and foundation, by subtill and craftie meanes, how to obtaine her purpose: and when she was come home to her house, she sent the old woman about businesse for that day, because she might not retourne to Andreuccio.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1

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