But I reckon she is pretty old, and old people don't often outlive the cautious pace of the professional detective when he has got his clues
together and is out on his still-hunt.
Petty thefts, wanton assaults, purposeless outrage-- to the man who held the clue
all could be worked into one connected whole.
How he had made acquaintances in the Prison, expressly that he might come and go there as all other comers and goers did; and how his first ray of light was unconsciously given him by Mr Dorrit himself and by his son; to both of whom he easily became known; with both of whom he talked much, casually ('but always Moleing you'll observe,' said Mr Pancks): and from whom he derived, without being at all suspected, two or three little points of family history which, as he began to hold clues
of his own, suggested others.
A significant illustration of the fact, again and again repeated in this book, that the skeleton of the whale furnishes but little clue
to the shape of his fully invested body.
She can be perfectly ignorant of a subject,' said Miss Maxwell to Adam Ladd, "but entirely intelligent the moment she has a clue
Upon that, he pulled out a napkin, as if it were a magic clue
without which he couldn't find the way up-stairs, and led us to the black hole of the establishment: fitted up with a diminishing mirror (quite a superfluous article considering the hole's proportions), an anchovy sauce-cruet, and somebody's pattens.
Also, by way of throwing further light on this clue
of the tinder-box, a collection was made of all the articles purchased from the pedlar at various houses, and carried to the Rainbow to be exhibited there.
What I want to know is this: Supposing that I have here in my pocket some clue
to where Flint buried his treasure, will that treasure amount to much?
There is nothing to be learned from that rhyme," said Sancho, "unless by that clue
there's in it, one may draw out the ball of the whole matter.
It was not so clear as I could have wished; but I remembered that it must be "Upward, and yet not Northward", and I determined steadfastly to retain these words as the clue
which, if firmly grasped, could not fail to guide me to the solution.
I saw amongst them was his notebook, and was was going to ask him to let me look at it, for I knew that I might find some clue
to his trouble, but I suppose he must have seen my wish in my eyes, for he sent me over to the window, saying he wanted to be quite alone for a moment.
I had now a clue
to the import of these wells, to the ventilating towers, to the mystery of the ghosts; to say nothing of a hint at the meaning of the bronze gates and the fate of the Time Machine