"Boris, come here," said she with a sly and significant look.
His eyes too seemed strange; at one moment they looked impudently sly and at the next glanced round in alarm.
He developed four well-defined characters in the process - a country farmer, Ezekiel Biglow, and his son Hosea; the Rev. Homer Wilbur, a shrewd old-fashioned country minister; and Birdofredum Sawin, a Northern renegade who enters the army, together with one or two subordinate characters; and his stinging satire and sly humour are so set forth in the vernacular of New England as to give at once a historic dignity to this form of speech.
He could hear that Lavrushka--that sly, bold orderly of Denisov's--was talking, as well as the quartermaster.