Was he using the work to avoid answering her question?
At times he seemed on the verge of revealing it to Adrienne, only to draw back into himself and avoid her for days.
"Then I'll have it brought round," said Rostov wishing to avoid Telyanin, and he went out to give the order.
The doctor says I can talk, but I think he is trying to avoid a law suit.
The barn represented work, and by the look of him and the feel of his smooth hands, he knew how to avoid physical labor.
The trail swerved only to avoid trees, and it was soon evident where the goat was headed.
While they were dating, it had seemed wise to avoid making him aware of her desire for him.
As for diet, the suggestion was to avoid refined carbohydrates and increase intake of antioxidant foods.
After the first several feet, the angle of the slope dropped more sharply and he was forced to move to his left to avoid falling.
A person couldn't avoid fate, but they could control the way they responded to it.
While he wanted to avoid further involvement in Edith Shipton's troubled world, he felt proud of his wife inherent sense of compassion toward anyone in trouble.
She'd been trying to avoid the crushing sense of betrayal building in her breast.
Leaving the dairy, she crossed the field and then the creek, hopping from one stone to another to avoid getting her boots wet.
Even when they were both determined not to let this happen, it was difficult to avoid such incidents.
"I'm sorry," she said, ducking her head to avoid a branch as she walked under it.
Carmen used the chore of setting the table to avoid his gaze.
Most of all, I don't want you to avoid the doctor when there could be something wrong.
You are leaving town for a week and a day and will completely avoid your spouse's meltdown.
We will avoid war because it is unprofitable; and while that is not a moral reason, any reason that brings peace is fine by me.
But I just wish to say, to avoid misunderstandings, that you are quite mistaken if you reckon me or my mother among such people.
He was not one of those many diplomats who are esteemed because they have certain negative qualities, avoid doing certain things, and speak French.
Rostov, fearing to be crushed or swept into the attack on the French, galloped along the front as hard as his horse could go, but still was not in time to avoid them.
Having passed the Guards and traversed an empty space, Rostov, to avoid again getting in front of the first line as he had done when the Horse Guards charged, followed the line of reserves, going far round the place where the hottest musket fire and cannonade were heard.
Pierre felt confused and wished to avoid that look, but the bright old eyes attracted him irresistibly.
After the Austerlitz campaign Prince Andrew had firmly resolved not to continue his military service, and when the war recommenced and everybody had to serve, he took a post under his father in the recruitment so as to avoid active service.
Our aim is no longer, as it should be, to avoid or attack the enemy, but solely to avoid General Buxhowden who by right of seniority should be our chief.
How could I avoid the anguish that comes with a breakup?
That same day, Rostov, profiting by the darkness to avoid being recognized in civilian dress, came to Tilsit and went to the lodging occupied by Boris and Zhilinski.
Pierre felt that she was right, and to avoid compromising her went away to Moscow.
He checked himself in the middle of the sentence, lowered his eyes to avoid seeing her unpleasantly irritated and irresolute face, and said:
The count had devised this diplomatic ruse (as he afterwards told his daughter) to give the future sisters-in-law an opportunity to talk to one another freely, but another motive was to avoid the danger of encountering the old prince, of whom he was afraid.
Again Princess Mary tried to catch someone's eye, but not a single eye in the crowd was turned to her; evidently they were all trying to avoid her look.
Kutuzov, without looking at Wolzogen, gave directions for the order to be written out which the former commander-in-chief, to avoid personal responsibility, very judiciously wished to receive.
He was in a state of physical suffering as if from corporal punishment, and could not avoid expressing it by cries of anger and distress.
Since Bennigsen, who corresponded with the Emperor and had more influence than anyone else on the staff, had begun to avoid him, Kutuzov was more at ease as to the possibility of himself and his troops being obliged to take part in useless aggressive movements.
Denisov's horse swerved aside to avoid a pool in the track and bumped his rider's knee against a tree.
Still more carefully did they avoid anything relating to him who was dead.
Despite all Kutuzov's efforts to avoid that ruinous encounter and to preserve his troops, the massacre of the broken mob of French soldiers by worn-out Russians continued at Krasnoe for three days.
His attempts to avoid his predestined path are unsuccessful: he is not received into the Russian service, and the appointment he seeks in Turkey comes to nothing.
And to avoid being imprisoned for the remainder, as the creditors threatened, he re-entered the government service.
He tried to avoid his old acquaintances with their commiseration and offensive offers of assistance; he avoided all distraction and recreation, and even at home did nothing but play cards with his mother, pace silently up and down the room, and smoke one pipe after another.
Nicholas did not reply and tried to avoid speaking of the princess any more.