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¡¡¡¡He was as indifferent as heretofore to money matters, but now he felt certain of what ought and what ought not to be done. The first time he had recourse to his new judge was when a French prisoner, a colonel, came to him and, after talking a great deal about his exploits, concluded by making what amounted to a demand that Pierre should give him four thousand francs to send to his wife and children. Pierre refused without the least difficulty or effort, and was afterwards surprised how simple and easy had been what used to appear so insurmountably difficult. At the same time that he refused the colonel's demand he made up his mind that he must have recourse to artifice when leaving Orel, to induce the Italian officer to accept some money of which he was evidently in need. A further proof to Pierre of his own more settled outlook on practical matters was furnished by his decision with regard to his wife's debts and to the rebuilding of his houses in and near Moscow.,¡¡¡¡"Chenildieu, you who conferred on yourself the name of `Jenie-Dieu,' your whole right shoulder bears a deep burn, because you one day laid your shoulder against the chafing-dish full of coals, in order to efface the three letters T. F. P., which are still visible, nevertheless; answer, is this true?",!¡¡¡¡"Of course," said Jean Valjean.;¡¡¡¡"Alas! yes, my benefactor!" replied the father.!¡¡¡¡"They probably recognized that I am French, by my name," replied Mademoiselle Bourienne blushing.,...Just answer no.¡­ ,¡¡¡¡"So it was a woman?" said he.! Find out more.

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¡¡¡¡Kutuzov felt and knew- not by reasoning or science but with the whole of his Russian being- what every Russian soldier felt: that the French were beaten, that the enemy was flying and must be driven out; but at the same time he like the soldiers realized all the hardship of this march, the rapidity of which was unparalleled for such a time of the year.,!¡¡¡¡Of the artillery baggage train which had consisted of a hundred and twenty wagons, not more than sixty now remained; the rest had been captured or left behind. Some of Junot's wagons also had been captured or abandoned. Three wagons had been raided and robbed by stragglers from Davout's corps. From the talk of the Germans Pierre learned that a larger guard had been allotted to that baggage train than to the prisoners, and that one of their comrades, a German soldier, had been shot by the marshal's own order because a silver spoon belonging to the marshal had been found in his possession.,of princes are commonly vehement,¡¡¡¡"This is what what comes of knowing how to make acquaintances," thought Berg. "This is what comes of knowing how to conduct oneself.",¡¡¡¡After traversing a hundred paces, skirting a wall of thefifteenth century, surmounted by a pointed gable, with bricks setin contrast, he found himself before a large door of arched stone,with a rectilinear impost, in the sombre style of Louis XIV., flankedby two flat medallions. A severe facade rose above this door;a wall, perpendicular to the facade, almost touched the door,and flanked it with an abrupt right angle. In the meadowbefore the door lay three harrows, through which, in disorder,grew all the flowers of May. The door was closed. The two decrepitleaves which barred it were ornamented with an old rusty knocker.,? Leo Tolstoy...
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¡¡¡¡Dolokhov's appearance amazed Petya by its simplicity.,¡°Absolute nightmare,¡± said Bagman to Harry in an undertone, noticing Harry watching the goblins too. ¡°Their English isn't too good¡­it's like being back with all the Bulgarians at the Quidditch World Cup¡­but at least they used sign language another human could recognize. This lot keep gabbling in Gobblede-gook¡­and I only know one word of Gobbledegook. Bladvak. It means ¡®pickax.¡¯ I don't like to use it in case they think I'm threatening them.¡± ,,¡¡¡¡"Good!" thought he; "let us hold firm; he is going to bribe me!".¡¡¡¡A joyous feeling of freedom- that complete inalienable freedom natural to man which he had first experienced at the first halt outside Moscow- filled Pierre's soul during his convalescence. He was surprised to find that this inner freedom, which was independent of external conditions, now had as it were an additional setting of external liberty. He was alone in a strange town, without acquaintances. No one demanded anything of him or sent him anywhere. He had all he wanted: the thought of his wife which had been a continual torment to him was no longer there, since she was no more.,...232 INT -- ANDY'S CELL -- NIGHT (1949) 232,;¡¡¡¡Laughter and chatter were audible in the adjoining room, from two fresh children's voices: it was Eponine and Azelma.,¡¡¡¡Natasha rose and curtsied to the splendid countess. She was so pleased by praise from this brilliant beauty that she blushed with pleasure..
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¡¡¡¡Was it the evident physical decline of Napoleon that complicated this epoch by an inward diminution of force?,¡¡¡¡In spite of male and female searchers, Babet managed to pass the note on from La Force to the Salpetriere, to a "good friend" whom he had and who was shut up there.,¡¡¡¡"Dear Natalie," said Princess Mary, "I want you to know that I am glad my brother has found happiness....".Ain't made up my mind yet.,¡¡¡¡When it is impossible to stretch the very elastic threads of historical ratiocination any farther, when actions are clearly contrary to all that humanity calls right or even just, the historians produce a saving conception of "greatness." "Greatness," it seems, excludes the standards of right and wrong. For the "great" man nothing is wrong, there is no atrocity for which a "great" man can be blamed.,¡¡¡¡When Michael Ivanovich went in there were tears in the prince's eyes evoked by the memory of the time when the paper he was now reading had been written. He took the letter from Michael Ivanovich's hand, put it in his pocket, folded up his papers, and called in Alpatych who had long been waiting.,!
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¡¡¡¡"To enter Russia without declaring war! I will not make peace as long as a single armed enemy remains in my country!" It seemed to Boris that it gave the Emperor pleasure to utter these words. He was satisfied with the form in which he had expressed his thoughts, but displeased that Boris had overheard it....,Hagrid got up, went over to his dresser, opened a drawer, and pulled out a picture of a short wizard with Hagrid's crinkled black eyes, beaming as he sat on top of Hagrid's shoulder. Hagrid was a good seven or eight feet tall, judging by the apple tree beside him, but his face was beardless, young, round, and smooth - he looked hardly older than eleven. ,... ,¡¡¡¡When Natasha left the room Pierre's confusion and awkwardness immediately vanished and were replaced by eager excitement. He quickly moved an armchair toward Princess Mary.,¡¡¡¡"What do you want?" he said to Marius, without adding "monsieur.",¡¡¡¡"No, gentlemen, you have had your sleep, but I have not slept for two nights," replied the doctor, and he sat down morosely beside his wife, waiting for the game to end.,.
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