> The interesting thing about the diverse meanings is that the
> dictionary associates negative connotations with "artful" as a
> synonym for 'subtil'.
> The flip side of each of the negative connotations of the
> synonyms "sly" and "crafty" are "intelligent"; "perceptive" ;
> "shrewd" ; "astute".
> To cite Margaret Atwood, writing in "The Handmaid's Tale" :
> Remember that 'context is all.'
I'm not sure what your point is other than what has already been listed as a definition for the word "subtil"?