But Miss Clarissa giving me a look (just like a sharp canary), as requesting that I would not interrupt the oracle, I begged pardon.
The meaning isn't immediately obvious too me. I think the most likely meaning is probably: "intelligent or quick to notice things". In which case a synonym might be 'shrewd". But even with that meaning, it's not clear why you'd say that.
The other meaning I see as possible is "critical", as in "Leonard has a sharp tongue (= often speaks in a severe and critical way)"
von V.V.V.V.V., 2018-12-08, 10:16 Spam? 79.251.240...
It's a resumption of the description given some paragraphs before: " They both had little bright round twinkling eyes, by the way, which were like birds' eyes. They were not unlike birds, altogether; having a sharp, brisk, sudden manner, and a little short, spruce way of adjusting themselves, like canaries."
If talking about eagles, "sharp" would mean "watchful" or "observing". These old ladies are obviously not intimidating birds of prey.
Given the earlier description of Miss Clarissa (and her sister) as "having a sharp, brisk, sudden manner" (as mentiond by 5xV.) could sharp here mean " moving, acting, or reacting quickly, efficiently, etc: sharp reflexes"?
4;Deseret, yes, what V.V.V.V.V said makes sense and your interpretation of it is the same as my interpretation of it
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