Let's go do the chores one last time before we leave.
"He will not return before we get back," he said quickly.
She rinsed the pot again before responding.
Besides, it was time to replace some of the things she'd been wearing since before they were married.
If I remember rightly, we were sixty-six years old the day before yesterday.
"In that case you are very welcome!" cried all the servants, and it pleased the Wizard to note the respect with which the royal retainers bowed before him.
She now saw his face before her.
"The criminal who now sits before the court licking her paws," resumed the Woggle-Bug, "has long desired to unlawfully eat the fat piglet, which was no bigger than a mouse.
Before Mrs. Jacquot could open it, some one called out, "Is this the house of Jacquot, the charcoal man?"
Destiny woke and ate a few bites before going back to sleep.
I worked with him for two years before I discovered who he really was.
In fact, if she confronted him now and then, he might be more inclined to volunteer information before she found out about it.
They knew that they were helpless before so strong an enemy.
Jim, who was in advance, saw the last stair before him and stuck his head above the rocky sides of the stairway.
Alex helped the man get the luggage into the trunk and then hurried to assist Carmen into the car before the man could touch her.
It does so in orders of magnitude better than what came before it—libraries—but only better, not differently.
Several of them ran into Ferapontov's yard before Alpatych's eyes.
"Hold on before you fall off," Alex snarled.
He would do many more before the war was over.
Long ago, before Gutenberg, if you wanted to know something, you had to memorize it.
After all, he knew Katie too, but they only wanted the people he knew before he met his wife - excluding his sister.
The sides of the tunnel showed before them like the inside of a long spy-glass, and the floor became more level.
They were so astonished that they fell upon their knees before the king and confessed their crime.
On a sudden thought I ran upstairs before any one could stop me, to put on my idea of a company dress.
Carmen mentally counted to ten before responding.
Would she ever reach the point that she felt comfortable about spending the money he had earned before they met?
Then, remembering the stones that had fallen with them and passed them long before they had reached this place, he answered:
"Your Royal Highness and Fellow Citizens," he began; "the small cat you see a prisoner before you is accused of the crime of first murdering and then eating our esteemed Ruler's fat piglet--or else first eating and then murdering it.
Hardly had they spoken these words when the door opened and Arion himself stood before them.
The choices we make to test options never before contemplated will tell us all kinds of new things about ourselves.
It is a safe bet that no one has ever asked that question before, and yet this system is designed to answer it.
After this experience it was a long time before I climbed another tree.
But scarcely had Pierre uttered these words before he was attacked from three sides.
The man had taken a step or two across the glass roof before he noticed the presence of the strangers; but then he stopped abruptly.
Let's pick her while we have the chance, before the man with the star comes back.
I do not remember when I first realized that I was different from other people; but I knew it before my teacher came to me.
This was before I knew many words.
Before the ices, champagne was served round.
For the last three days Bogucharovo had lain between the two hostile armies, so that it was as easy for the Russian rearguard to get to it as for the French vanguard; Rostov, as a careful squadron commander, wished to take such provisions as remained at Bogucharovo before the French could get them.
Rostov and Ilyin gave rein to their horses for a last race along the incline before reaching Bogucharovo, and Rostov, outstripping Ilyin, was the first to gallop into the village street.
It seemed like only a few seconds before the uncomfortable feeling became nausea.
Destiny probably wouldn't wake before they returned, and even if she did, Señor Medena would keep her occupied.
This appeared so unexpectedly that they were unprepared to take advantage of it at first, and allowed the rocky wall to swing around again before they had decided to pass over.
It ran into a narrow cleft which he had not seen before, and then through a long, dark passage which was barely large enough for a man's body.
The great cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, which was begun before your birth, would not be finished by your death.
The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful.
On moving to the drawing room he handed the letter to Princess Mary and, spreading out before him the plan of the new building and fixing his eyes upon it, told her to read the letter aloud.
I met them the day before yesterday at the Arkharovs'.
He glanced at his watch and swallowed before answering.
The day before they were scheduled to leave, Alex came home from work and asked to see the tickets.
He pulled the undershirt over his head before answering.
Maybe he was thinking about Alexia, but that was still on their land, in the old house before it was renovated.
He closed the door and they walked several yards down the hall before he spoke.
His solemn gaze searched hers for a moment before he spoke.
Just then the man with the star came and stood before the Wizard.
As the slaves stood before him he asked each one to tell what kind of work he could do.
The next morning the caliph called ten of his officers before him.
Nothing exists that even remotely looks like Twitter before the Internet.
But my teacher had been with me several weeks before I understood that everything has a name.
When it stormed before my bread was baked, I fixed a few boards over the fire, and sat under them to watch my loaf, and passed some pleasant hours in that way.
Adraksin was in uniform, and whether as a result of the uniform or from some other cause Pierre saw before him quite a different man.
Carmen was up first, showering and dressing before Alex woke.
She finished pealing the potato and threw it into the pan before continuing.
But why didn't you say something to me about all of this before now?
Before the half hour was ended he had written a very neat composition on his slate.
Andrew's gray eyes blazed as he stood up straight and proud before the haughty captain.
At last they were allowed to go before him and state their business.
As the days wore on, the drifts gradually shrunk, but before they were wholly gone another storm came, so that I scarcely felt the earth under my feet once all winter.
"Papa," said his beautiful daughter in the same tone as before, "we shall be late."
Stout, about the average height, broad, with huge red hands; he did not know, as the saying is, how to enter a drawing room and still less how to leave one; that is, how to say something particularly agreeable before going away.
You know that for me there is nothing in life but you, and to suffer with you is the greatest happiness for me, and he took her hand and pressed it as he had pressed it that terrible evening four days before his death.
The wattle wall the men had brought was set up in a semicircle by the Eighth Company as a shelter from the north, propped up by musket rests, and a campfire was built before it.
And stop this necking before the kids come in.
It was a long time back, before they were married.
If Katie hadn't disclosed that incident to her before she met Alex, would he have revealed that facet of his past?
Her savings and checking accounts combined had never exceeded $3,000 - not even before she paid the bills.
When she woke, shortly before Alex arrived, she played quietly with a doll while Carmen prepared supper.
Destiny probably wouldn't wake before they returned, and even if she did, Señor Medena would keep her occupied.
Before long they neared the Black Pit, where a busy swarm of Mangaboos, headed by their Princess, was engaged in piling up glass rocks before the entrance.
All the people I have ever met before were very plain to see.
Night came on before he had finished it.
You would hardly have known the young prince when the time came for him to appear before his grandfather.
It is the rule and custom of the cupbearer to pour out a little of the wine and taste it before handing the cup to me.
And before the end of the journey Aesop had nothing to carry, while the other slaves were groaning under their heavy loads.
Find all the old men that live on the mountains or in the flat country around, and command them to appear before me one week from to-day.
On the day appointed, forty gray- bearded, honest old men stood before the caliph.
The caliph at once gave orders for the gardener to be brought before him the next day.
At first he did not see anything that disturbed him; for word had gone before him to remove from sight everything that might be displeasing or painful.
We never count our fish before they are caught.
When he heard that some men had come to Corinth with a very costly golden tripod, he had them brought before him.
Chilon was so busy that the messengers had to wait several days before they could see him.
Bigger than TV and cars and anything that has come before it.
She drops $300 on Google ads before realizing it might not be a great fit.
Has there ever before been a time when business opportunity was more blind to color, gender, or creed?
Before technology and prosperity, virtually everyone spent long hard days scraping together enough calories for themselves and their family to survive.
Before we take that further, let's consider something the Internet has taught us about ourselves.
It is an answer engine, but one that attempts to answer questions that have never before been asked.
You were better off than before, in terms of making a knowledgeable decision.
In 1921, a dozen years before he would be sworn in as president, Franklin Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio.
In 1902, an American named Walter Sutton noticed that chromosomes duplicated themselves before cells divided so that each new cell had a full copy of the chromosomes.
You would know before you received a treatment how likely it was to work for you—not merely how likely it was to work for the larger population, but for you.
"Robot" is a term almost one hundred years old, created in fiction before becoming a reality.
Before you commit to a number, think of this.
We still have a thousandfold increase in productivity before us.
This is because, as noted before, technology amplifies the productive effort of people.
But think of it this way: Before, you made $33,000 and paid 40 percent in taxes, so you were left with $20,000 in take-home pay.
Before recorded music, the best musicians made a good living but weren't extremely wealthy.
Well, wealth would expand dramatically, and the people who had those jobs before could get new and better jobs, such as managing the army of manure-toting robots.
Lamplighters used to light street lamps every night, before the accursed electricity came along.
Thousands and thousands of women were switchboard operators before direct dial phones were in use.
But before the twentieth century, this was not the case and actual famines were much more common.
How long will it be before the driver controls them remotely from his office?
Every morning before I went to school I had chores to do, which began with mixing up the formula and feeding the calves.
That is, before Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin came along.
Before his death, Pol Pot conceded that his regime certainly killed people, but ''to say that millions died is too much.''
For they cut the cheeks of the males with a sword, so that before they receive the nourishment of milk they must learn to endure wounds.
Their aim, he said, was nothing less than "the lifting, from the backs and from the hearts of men, of their burden of arms and of fears, so that they may find before them a golden age of freedom and of peace."
I had not heard anyone predict even the possibility of these two events before they came upon us, in what seemed the blink of an eye.
So, when I tell you we will see the end of war, if you are over thirty-five years of age, you have every reason to roll your eyes and tell me you have seen this movie before and aren't up for the sequel.
Before it is all over, the number of Facebook accounts will exceed the number of people on the planet.
Long before English became the lingua franca of the Internet age, the world has wanted a common language.
We would then work feverishly on them for months before selling them for slightly less than we had paid.
Standing before the mirror, as I had seen others do, I anointed mine head with oil and covered my face thickly with powder.
My earliest distinct recollection of my father is making my way through great drifts of newspapers to his side and finding him alone, holding a sheet of paper before his face.
It was the third of March, 1887, three months before I was seven years old.
I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding-line, and had no way of knowing how near the harbour was.
"Love is something like the clouds that were in the sky before the sun came out," she replied.
But it was a long time before I ventured to take the initiative, and still longer before I could find something appropriate to say at the right time.
She went quickly over uninteresting details, and never nagged me with questions to see if I remembered the day-before-yesterday's lesson.
Just before the Perkins Institution closed for the summer, it was arranged that my teacher and I should spend our vacation at Brewster, on Cape Cod, with our dear friend, Mrs. Hopkins.
The savoury odour of the meat made me hungry long before the tables were set.
Mrs. Lamson had scarcely finished telling me about this girl's success before I was on fire with eagerness.
Almost before I knew it, the train stopped at the Tuscumbia station, and there on the platform stood the whole family.
I thought then that I was "making up a story," as children say, and I eagerly sat down to write it before the ideas should slip from me.
Something I said made her think she detected in my words a confession that I did remember Miss Canby's story of "The Frost Fairies," and she laid her conclusions before Mr. Anagnos, although I had told her most emphatically that she was mistaken.
I was brought before a court of investigation composed of the teachers and officers of the Institution, and Miss Sullivan was asked to leave me.
I felt so cold, I imagined I should die before morning, and the thought comforted me.
He says, the court of investigation before which I was brought consisted of eight people: four blind, four seeing persons.
Before October, 1893, I had studied various subjects by myself in a more or less desultory manner.
I had read many books before, but never from a critical point of view.
Before the end of the first year I read "Wilhelm Tell" with the greatest delight.
Before I left New York, these bright days were darkened by the greatest sorrow that I have ever borne, except the death of my father.
My mind stirred with the stirring times, and the characters round which the life of two contending nations centred seemed to move right before me.
At Radcliffe no one reads the papers to me after they are written, and I have no opportunity to correct errors unless I finish before the time is up.
In the finals, no one read my work over to me, and in the preliminaries I offered subjects with some of which I was in a measure familiar before my work in the Cambridge school; for at the beginning of the year I had passed examinations in English, History, French and German, which Mr. Gilman gave me from previous Harvard papers.
As I have said before, I had no aptitude for mathematics; the different points were not explained to me as fully as I wished.
Just before the books came, Mr. Gilman had begun to remonstrate with Miss Sullivan on the ground that I was working too hard, and in spite of my earnest protestations, he reduced the number of my recitations.
Two days before the examinations, Mr. Vining sent me a braille copy of one of the old Harvard papers in algebra.
But on the night before the algebra examination, while I was struggling over some very complicated examples, I could not tell the combinations of bracket, brace and radical.
Both Mr. Keith and I were distressed and full of forebodings for the morrow; but we went over to the college a little before the examination began, and had Mr. Vining explain more fully the American symbols.
Before I entered college, however, it was thought best that I should study another year under Mr. Keith.
Before me I saw a new world opening in beauty and light, and I felt within me the capacity to know all things.
Ah, here they are--the mixed metaphors mocking and strutting about before me, pointing to the bull in the china shop assailed by hailstones and the bugbears with pale looks, an unanalyzed species!
As we hastened through the long grass toward the hammock, the grasshoppers swarmed about us and fastened themselves on our clothes, and I remember that my teacher insisted upon picking them all off before we sat down, which seemed to me an unnecessary waste of time.
Before we began the story Miss Sullivan explained to me the things that she knew I should not understand, and as we read on she explained the unfamiliar words.
I was familiar with the story of Troy before I read it in the original, and consequently I had little difficulty in making the Greek words surrender their treasures after I had passed the borderland of grammar.
I began to read the Bible long before I could understand it.
The unusual language and repetition made the story seem unreal.
Could there be anything more dramatic than the scene in which Esther stands before her wicked lord?
In the summer of 1901 I visited Nova Scotia, and had opportunities such as I had not enjoyed before to make the acquaintance of the ocean.
In spite of the lapse of years, they seem so close to me that I should not think it strange if at any moment they should clasp my hand and speak words of endearment as they used to before they went away.
I promised to visit him again the following summer, but he died before the promise was fulfilled.
Many of those written before 1892 were published in the reports of the Perkins Institution for the Blind.
I help mother and teacher water them every night before supper.
Many years ago, before people came to live on the earth, great trees and tall grasses and huge ferns and all the beautiful flowers cover the earth.
Now I must tell my gentle poet good-bye, for I have a letter to write home before I go to bed.
He is poor and helpless and lonely now, but before another April education will have brought light and gladness into Tommy's life.
Before a teacher was found for Tommy and while he was still in the care of Helen and Miss Sullivan, a reception was held for him at the kindergarten.
It is undated, but must have been written two or three months before it was published.
Before I left Boston, I was asked to write a sketch of my life for the Youth's Companion.
It was some time before I could plan it to suit me.
Mr. Bell and I planned it together, and Mr. Bell made all the arrangements before we told teacher anything about it.
I had the same feeling once before when I first stood by the great ocean and felt its waves beating against the shore.
Our friends were greatly surprised to see us, as they had not expected us before the last of this month.
Every morning, before lesson-time, we all go out to the steep hill on the northern shore of the lake near the house, and coast for an hour or so.
The signs, which I had learned the day before, and which I thought I knew perfectly, confused me.
I passed off my English and advanced French before I entered college, and I choose the courses I like best.
I only spoke a few words, as I did not know I was expected to speak until a few minutes before I was called upon.
This little boy could speak two or three languages before he lost his hearing through sickness, and he is now only about five years old.
Philosophers have tried to find out what was her conception of abstract ideas before she learned language.
She had no conception of God before she heard the word "God," as her comments very clearly show.
The names of Laura Bridgman and Helen Keller will always be linked together, and it is necessary to understand what Dr. Howe did for his pupil before one comes to an account of Miss Sullivan's work.
His success convinced him that language can be conveyed through type to the mind of the blind-deaf child, who, before education, is in the state of the baby who has not learned to prattle; indeed, is in a much worse state, for the brain has grown in years without natural nourishment.
It was another hour before I succeeded in getting her napkin folded.
I suppose I shall have many such battles with the little woman before she learns the only two essential things I can teach her, obedience and love.
I told her that in my opinion the child ought to be separated from the family for a few weeks at least--that she must learn to depend on and obey me before I could make any headway.
As I have said before, she is wonderfully bright and active and as quick as lightning in her movements.
It seems that Mr. Anagnos had heard of Helen before he received Captain Keller's letter last summer.
Mr. Wilson, a teacher at Florence, and a friend of the Kellers', studied at Harvard the summer before and went to the Perkins Institution to learn if anything could be done for his friend's child.
BUT LONG BEFORE HE UTTERS HIS FIRST WORD, HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT IS SAID TO HIM.
She had signs for SMALL and LARGE long before I came to her.
She makes many mistakes, of course, twists words and phrases, puts the cart before the horse, and gets herself into hopeless tangles of nouns and verbs; but so does the hearing child.
It was amusing to see her hold it before her eyes and spell the sentences out on her fingers, just as I had done.
She looked troubled, and hesitated a moment before answering.
Very soon she learned the difference between ON and IN, though it was some time before she could use these words in sentences of her own.
The exercises began at nine, and it was one o'clock before we could leave.
After talking about the various things that carpenters make, she asked me, "Did carpenter make me?" and before I could answer, she spelled quickly, "No, no, photographer made me in Sheffield."
Finally I persuaded her to write a few lines; but she broke her pencil six times before she finished it.
In one room some little tots were standing before the blackboard, painfully constructing "simple sentences."
Even before I knew her, she had handled a dead chicken, or bird, or some other small animal.
There was a hopeless look in the dull eye that I could not help noticing, and then, as I was thinking where I had seen that horse before, she looked full at me and said, 'Black Beauty, is that you?'
I never knew before that there could be such a change in anything.
Her mind works so rapidly, that it often happens, that when I give her an example she will give me the correct answer before I have time to write out the question.
Where was I before I came to mother?
What was the egg before it was an egg?
As we were passing a large globe a short time after she had written the questions, she stopped before it and asked, "Who made the REAL world?"
It was more than a year before she alluded to the subject again, and when she did return to it, her questions were numerous and persistent.
The memory must be stored with ideas and the mind must be enriched with knowledge before writing becomes a natural and pleasurable effort.
Too often, I think, children are required to write before they have anything to say.
It is not necessary that a child should understand every word in a book before he can read with pleasure and profit.
All day long in their play-time and work-time Miss Sullivan kept spelling into her pupil's hand, and by that Helen Keller absorbed words, just as the child in the cradle absorbs words by hearing thousands of them before he uses one and by associating the words with the occasion of their utterance.
But it is evident that precisely what the deaf child needs to be taught is what other children learn before they go to school at all.
She expressed ideas in signs before she learned language.
Mrs. Keller writes me that before her illness Helen made signs for everything, and her mother thought this habit the cause of her slowness in learning to speak.
She recognized that others used their lips; she "saw" her father reading a paper and when he laid it down she sat in his chair and held the paper before her face.
Children seldom have any difficulty in understanding her; which suggests that her deliberate measured speech is like theirs, before they come to the adult trick of running all the words of a phrase into one movement of the breath.
Before describing the process of teaching Helen to speak, it may be well to state briefly to what extent she had used the vocal organs before she began to receive regular instruction in articulation.
Before describing the process of teaching Helen to speak, it may be well to state briefly to what extent she had used the vocal organs before she began to receive regular instruction in articulation.
As we had never seen or heard of any such story as this before, we inquired of her where she read it; she replied, "I did not read it; it is my story for Mr. Anagnos's birthday."
Some were red, some white, and others pale pink, and they were just peeping out of the green leaves, as rosy-faced children peep out from their warm beds in wintertime before they are quite willing to get up.
Now he found out that his father's words were true, for a few days of warm weather had turned the green balls into rosebuds, and they were SO beautiful that it was enough to make Birdie stand still before them, his blue eyes dancing with delight and his little hands clasped tightly together.
At last they reached a great forest, and, being quite tired, they decided to rest awhile and look for nuts before going any further.
After awhile they came to a great forest and, being tired and hungry, they thought they would rest a little and look for nuts before continuing their journey.
New experiences and events call forth new ideas and stir men to ask questions unthought of before, and seek a definite answer in the depths of human knowledge.
Perhaps this was a confused recollection of the story I had heard not long before about Red Riding Hood.
They have got to live a man's life, pushing all these things before them, and get on as well as they can.
Adam and Eve, according to the fable, wore the bower before other clothes.
Before winter I built a chimney, and shingled the sides of my house, which were already impervious to rain, with imperfect and sappy shingles made of the first slice of the log, whose edges I was obliged to straighten with a plane.
Bread I at first made of pure Indian meal and salt, genuine hoe-cakes, which I baked before my fire out of doors on a shingle or the end of a stick of timber sawed off in building my house; but it was wont to get smoked and to have a piny flavor.
It would seem that I made it according to the recipe which Marcus Porcius Cato gave about two centuries before Christ.
The nearest that I came to actual possession was when I bought the Hollowell place, and had begun to sort my seeds, and collected materials with which to make a wheelbarrow to carry it on or off with; but before the owner gave me a deed of it, his wife--every man has such a wife--changed her mind and wished to keep it, and he offered me ten dollars to release him.
I was in haste to buy it, before the proprietor finished getting out some rocks, cutting down the hollow apple trees, and grubbing up some young birches which had sprung up in the pasture, or, in short, had made any more of his improvements.
We are determined to be starved before we are hungry.
Men esteem truth remote, in the outskirts of the system, behind the farthest star, before Adam and after the last man.
Read your fate, see what is before you, and walk on into futurity.
As the sparrow had its trill, sitting on the hickory before my door, so had I my chuckle or suppressed warble which he might hear out of my nest.
Next rolls Thomaston lime, a prime lot, which will get far among the hills before it gets slacked.
Here is a hogshead of molasses or of brandy directed to John Smith, Cuttingsville, Vermont, some trader among the Green Mountains, who imports for the farmers near his clearing, and now perchance stands over his bulkhead and thinks of the last arrivals on the coast, how they may affect the price for him, telling his customers this moment, as he has told them twenty times before this morning, that he expects some by the next train of prime quality.
They sang at intervals throughout the night, and were again as musical as ever just before and about dawn.
An old-fashioned man would have lost his senses or died of ennui before this.
You want room for your thoughts to get into sailing trim and run a course or two before they make their port.
The bullet of your thought must have overcome its lateral and ricochet motion and fallen into its last and steady course before it reaches the ear of the hearer, else it may plow out again through the side of his head.
He was about twenty-eight years old, and had left Canada and his father's house a dozen years before to work in the States, and earn money to buy a farm with at last, perhaps in his native country.
Many a lusty crest--waving Hector, that towered a whole foot above his crowding comrades, fell before my weapon and rolled in the dust.
These are the coarsest mills, in which all gossip is first rudely digested or cracked up before it is emptied into finer and more delicate hoppers within doors.
It is a vitreous greenish blue, as I remember it, like those patches of the winter sky seen through cloud vistas in the west before sundown.
At length the wind rose, the mist increased, and the waves began to run, and the perch leaped much higher than before, half out of water, a hundred black points, three inches long, at once above the surface.
It was very clumsy, but lasted a great many years before it became water-logged and perhaps sank to the bottom.
He sawed a channel in the ice toward the shore, and hauled it over and along and out on to the ice with oxen; but, before he had gone far in his work, he was surprised to find that it was wrong end upward, with the stumps of the branches pointing down, and the small end firmly fastened in the sandy bottom.
How much fairer than the pool before the farmer's door, in which his ducks swim!
I thought of living there before I went to Walden.
It was one of those afternoons which seem indefinitely long before one, in which many events may happen, a large portion of our natural life, though it was already half spent when I started.
I had sat there many times of old before the ship was built that floated his family to America.
Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures.
I speak of fishing only now, for I had long felt differently about fowling, and sold my gun before I went to the woods.
When I was building, one of these had its nest underneath the house, and before I had laid the second floor, and swept out the shavings, would come out regularly at lunch time and pick up the crumbs at my feet.
It probably had never seen a man before; and it soon became quite familiar, and would run over my shoes and up my clothes.
The parent will sometimes roll and spin round before you in such a dishabille, that you cannot, for a few moments, detect what kind of creature it is.
The battle which I witnessed took place in the Presidency of Polk, five years before the passage of Webster's Fugitive-Slave Bill.
In the fall the loon (Colymbus glacialis) came, as usual, to moult and bathe in the pond, making the woods ring with his wild laughter before I had risen.
They grew also behind my house, and one large tree, which almost overshadowed it, was, when in flower, a bouquet which scented the whole neighborhood, but the squirrels and the jays got most of its fruit; the last coming in flocks early in the morning and picking the nuts out of the burs before they fell, I relinquished these trees to them and visited the more distant woods composed wholly of chestnut.
Like the wasps, before I finally went into winter quarters in November, I used to resort to the northeast side of Walden, which the sun, reflected from the pitch pine woods and the stony shore, made the fireside of the pond; it is so much pleasanter and wholesomer to be warmed by the sun while you can be, than by an artificial fire.
When I began to have a fire at evening, before I plastered my house, the chimney carried smoke particularly well, because of the numerous chinks between the boards.
I was surprised to see how thirsty the bricks were which drank up all the moisture in my plaster before I had smoothed it, and how many pailfuls of water it takes to christen a new hearth.
The pond had in the meanwhile skimmed over in the shadiest and shallowest coves, some days or even weeks before the general freezing.
I love to have mine before my window, and the more chips the better to remind me of my pleasing work.
But commonly I kindled my fire with the dry leaves of the forest, which I had stored up in my shed before the snow came.
We thought it was far south over the woods--we who had run to fires before--barn, shop, or dwelling-house, or all together.
Before his house was pulled down, when his comrades avoided it as "an unlucky castle," I visited it.
The soil is blanched and accursed there, and before that becomes necessary the earth itself will be destroyed.
When the farmers could not get to the woods and swamps with their teams, and were obliged to cut down the shade trees before their houses, and, when the crust was harder, cut off the trees in the swamps, ten feet from the ground, as it appeared the next spring.
One night in the beginning of winter, before the pond froze over, about nine o'clock, I was startled by the loud honking of a goose, and, stepping to the door, heard the sound of their wings like a tempest in the woods as they flew low over my house.
As I was desirous to recover the long lost bottom of Walden Pond, I surveyed it carefully, before the ice broke up, early in '46, with compass and chain and sounding line.
I fathomed it easily with a cod-line and a stone weighing about a pound and a half, and could tell accurately when the stone left the bottom, by having to pull so much harder before the water got underneath to help me.
William Gilpin, who is so admirable in all that relates to landscapes, and usually so correct, standing at the head of Loch Fyne, in Scotland, which he describes as "a bay of salt water, sixty or seventy fathoms deep, four miles in breadth," and about fifty miles long, surrounded by mountains, observes, "If we could have seen it immediately after the diluvian crash, or whatever convulsion of nature occasioned it, before the waters gushed in, what a horrid chasm must it have appeared!
One year I went across the middle only five days before it disappeared entirely.
I had not lived there a week before my feet wore a path from my door to the pond-side; and though it is five or six years since I trod it, it is still quite distinct.
Before he had found a stock in all respects suitable the city of Kouroo was a hoary ruin, and he sat on one of its mounds to peel the stick.
"Tell the tailors," said he, "to remember to make a knot in their thread before they take the first stitch."
We read that the traveller asked the boy if the swamp before him had a hard bottom.
I see far inland the banks which the stream anciently washed, before science began to record its freshets.
The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.
I do not hesitate to say, that those who call themselves Abolitionists should at once effectually withdraw their support, both in person and property, from the government of Massachusetts, and not wait till they constitute a majority of one, before they suffer the right to prevail through them.
It seemed to me that I never had heard the town-clock strike before, nor the evening sounds of the village; for we slept with the windows open, which were inside the grating.
It was to see my native village in the light of the Middle Ages, and our Concord was turned into a Rhine stream, and visions of knights and castles passed before me.
First he had left a lady before she had finished speaking to him, and now he continued to speak to another who wished to get away.
She paused as if she felt it indecorous to speak of her pregnancy before Pierre, though the gist of the matter lay in that.
You have everything before you, everything.
He stood a little while before the glass, smiled, and walked toward the other door.
The mother smoothed the folds of her dyed silk dress before a large Venetian mirror in the wall, and in her trodden-down shoes briskly ascended the carpeted stairs.
He had not finished the last verse before the young people began to get ready to dance in the large hall, and the sound of the feet and the coughing of the musicians were heard from the gallery.
Lorrain, pursing up his lips, waved a severely negative finger before his nose.
In this room it was almost dark; only two tiny lamps were burning before the icons and there was a pleasant scent of flowers and burnt pastilles.
This might have been taken as an expression of sorrow and devotion, or of weariness and hope of resting before long.
The same people were still sitting here in almost the same positions as before, whispering to one another.
A deference such as he had never before received was shown him.
Not two minutes had passed before Prince Vasili with head erect majestically entered the room.
On leaving the bed both Prince Vasili and the princess passed out by a back door, but returned to their places one after the other before the service was concluded.
It was the same as Pierre remembered it three months before, when the count had sent him to Petersburg.
You know, Uncle promised me only the day before yesterday not to forget Boris.
The news of Count Bezukhov's death reached us before your letter and my father was much affected by it.
My father talks of nothing but marches and countermarches, things of which I understand nothing; and the day before yesterday during my daily walk through the village I witnessed a heartrending scene....
Prince Andrew got out of the carriage, helped his little wife to alight, and let her pass into the house before him.
Before they reached the room from which the sounds of the clavichord came, the pretty, fair haired Frenchwoman, Mademoiselle Bourienne, rushed out apparently beside herself with delight.
When Prince Andrew went in the two princesses, who had only met once before for a short time at his wedding, were in each other's arms warmly pressing their lips to whatever place they happened to touch.
The old man was in a good temper after his nap before dinner.
With his hands behind him he paced briskly from corner to corner of the room, looking straight before him and thoughtfully shaking his head.
The Service before everything.
I shall probably die before you.
A member of the Hofkriegsrath from Vienna had come to Kutuzov the day before with proposals and demands for him to join up with the army of the Archduke Ferdinand and Mack, and Kutuzov, not considering this junction advisable, meant, among other arguments in support of his view, to show the Austrian general the wretched state in which the troops arrived from Russia.
See, the fifth company is turning into the village already... they will have their buckwheat cooked before we reach our quarters.
"Oh, my bower new...!" chimed in twenty voices, and the castanet player, in spite of the burden of his equipment, rushed out to the front and, walking backwards before the company, jerked his shoulders and flourished his castanets as if threatening someone.
Then wrinkles ran over his face like a wave and his forehead became smooth again, he bowed his head respectfully, closed his eyes, silently let Mack enter his room before him, and closed the door himself behind him.
The nervous irritation aroused by the appearance of Mack, the news of his defeat, and the thought of what lay before the Russian army found vent in anger at Zherkov's untimely jest.
He was glad, and at the same instant began to pity the miserable man who stood before him, but the task he had begun had to be completed.
Perhaps I ought not to have spoken before them, but I am not a diplomatist.
"You speak to the colonel about this nasty business before other officers," continued the staff captain, "and Bogdanich" (the colonel was called Bogdanich) "shuts you up."
The wide expanse that opened out before the heights on which the Russian batteries stood guarding the bridge was at times veiled by a diaphanous curtain of slanting rain, and then, suddenly spread out in the sunlight, far-distant objects could be clearly seen glittering as though freshly varnished.
I have seen as much before now, mate!
The French had time to fire three rounds of grapeshot before the hussars got back to their horses.
At that instant the sun began to hide behind the clouds, and other stretchers came into view before Rostov.
"Day before yesterday, on the Danube," answered the soldier.
"Really I don't care about that, I don't care at all," said Prince Andrew, beginning to understand that his news of the battle before Krems was really of small importance in view of such events as the fall of Austria's capital.
Before the conversation began Prince Andrew was struck by the fact that the Emperor seemed confused and blushed as if not knowing what to say.
Before returning to Bilibin's Prince Andrew had gone to a bookshop to provide himself with some books for the campaign, and had spent some time in the shop.
You are faced by one of two things," and the skin over his left temple puckered, "either you will not reach your regiment before peace is concluded, or you will share defeat and disgrace with Kutuzov's whole army."
Before the officer finished his sentence Prince Andrew, his face distorted with fury, rode up to him and raised his riding whip.
Kutuzov with his transport had still to march for some days before he could reach Znaim.
But before he had finished he felt that his jest was unacceptable and had not come off.
All their faces were as serene as if all this were happening at home awaiting peaceful encampment, and not within sight of the enemy before an action in which at least half of them would be left on the field.
After passing a chasseur regiment and in the lines of the Kiev grenadiers--fine fellows busy with similar peaceful affairs--near the shelter of the regimental commander, higher than and different from the others, Prince Andrew came out in front of a platoon of grenadiers before whom lay a naked man.
Before the guns an artillery sentry was pacing up and down; he stood at attention when the officer arrived, but at a sign resumed his measured, monotonous pacing.
The smoke of the first shot had not yet dispersed before another puff appeared, followed by a report.
Lemarrois had just arrived at a gallop with Bonaparte's stern letter, and Murat, humiliated and anxious to expiate his fault, had at once moved his forces to attack the center and outflank both the Russian wings, hoping before evening and before the arrival of the Emperor to crush the contemptible detachment that stood before him.
Before he had reached the embankments that were being thrown up, he saw, in the light of the dull autumn evening, mounted men coming toward him.
"Very good!" said Bagration in reply to the officer's report, and began deliberately to examine the whole battlefield extended before him.
While he was speaking, the curtain of smoke that had concealed the hollow, driven by a rising wind, began to move from right to left as if drawn by an invisible hand, and the hill opposite, with the French moving about on it, opened out before them.
The squadron in which Rostov was serving had scarcely time to mount before it was halted facing the enemy.
Before him, on the right, Rostov saw the front lines of his hussars and still farther ahead a dark line which he could not see distinctly but took to be the enemy.
Instead of the moving horses and hussars' backs, he saw nothing before him but the motionless earth and the stubble around him.
It was no longer, as before, a dark, unseen river flowing through the gloom, but a dark sea swelling and gradually subsiding after a storm.
Rostov looked at and listened listlessly to what passed before and around him.
And when will all this end? thought Rostov, looking at the changing shadows before him.
Irresistible drowsiness overpowered him, red rings danced before his eyes, and the impression of those voices and faces and a sense of loneliness merged with the physical pain.
The diplomatic career now lies open before you.
So you have never noticed before how beautiful I am?
Why did this thought never occur to me before? and again he told himself that it was impossible, that there would be something unnatural, and as it seemed to him dishonorable, in this marriage.
Was I mistaken before, or am I mistaken now?
He had often before, during the last six weeks, remained alone with her, but had never spoken to her of love.
She thought: "If I seem not to notice he will think that I do not sympathize with him; if I seem sad and out of spirits myself, he will say (as he has done before) that I'm in the dumps."
Anatole, having taken off his overcoat, sat with arms akimbo before a table on a corner of which he smilingly and absent-mindedly fixed his large and handsome eyes.
She fancied a child, her own--such as she had seen the day before in the arms of her nurse's daughter--at her own breast, the husband standing by and gazing tenderly at her and the child.
You have done up your hair in this new way for the visitors, and before the visitors I tell you that in future you are never to dare to change your way of dress without my consent.
As twenty years before, it seemed impossible that the little creature who lived somewhere under her heart would ever cry, suck her breast, and begin to speak, so now she could not believe that that little creature could be this strong, brave man, this model son and officer that, judging by this letter, he now was.
On the twelfth of November, Kutuzov's active army, in camp before Olmutz, was preparing to be reviewed next day by the two Emperors--the Russian and the Austrian.
Prince Andrew, who liked to help young men, was flattered by being asked for his assistance and being well disposed toward Boris, who had managed to please him the day before, he wished to do what the young man wanted.
From early morning the smart clean troops were on the move, forming up on the field before the fortress.
Before he came up with the hussars, several adjutants met him with news of the successful result of the action.
The troops of the vanguard were stationed before Wischau, within sight of the enemy's lines, which all day long had yielded ground to us at the least firing.
"If we fought before," he said, "not letting the French pass, as at Schon Grabern, what shall we not do now when he is at the front?
And Rostov got up and went wandering among the campfires, dreaming of what happiness it would be to die--not in saving the Emperor's life (he did not even dare to dream of that), but simply to die before his eyes.
If he is standing before Brunn...
He thought of her pregnancy and felt sorry for her and for himself, and in a nervously emotional and softened mood he went out of the hut in which he was billeted with Nesvitski and began to walk up and down before it.
If before that you are not ten times wounded, killed, or betrayed, well... what then?...
It won't be long now before I am off duty.
Bagration stopped and, before replying, tried to see Rostov's face in the mist.
In the valley he saw before him something like a river, but when he reached it he found it was a road.
We were ordered to be at the place before nine, but we haven't got halfway.
From information he had received the evening before, from the sound of wheels and footsteps heard by the outposts during the night, by the disorderly movement of the Russian columns, and from all indications, he saw clearly that the allies believed him to be far away in front of them, and that the columns moving near Pratzen constituted the center of the Russian army, and that that center was already sufficiently weakened to be successfully attacked.
The infantry passing before him came to a halt without any command being given, apparently obstructed by something in front.
The Apsheron men, excited by the Tsar's presence, passed in step before the Emperors and their suites at a bold, brisk pace.
"Look, look!" said this adjutant, looking not at the troops in the distance, but down the hill before him.
Confused and ever-increasing crowds were running back to where five minutes before the troops had passed the Emperors.
But before he had finished speaking, Prince Andrew, feeling tears of shame and anger choking him, had already leapt from his horse and run to the standard.
He will not get away before the Frenchman remembers his bayonet and stabs him....
Bagration knew that as the distance between the two flanks was more than six miles, even if the messenger were not killed (which he very likely would be), and found the commander-in-chief (which would be very difficult), he would not be able to get back before evening.
"And if I should meet His Majesty before I meet the commander-in-chief, your excellency?" said Rostov, with his hand to his cap.
On being relieved from picket duty Rostov had managed to get a few hours' sleep before morning and felt cheerful, bold, and resolute, with elasticity of movement, faith in his good fortune, and generally in that state of mind which makes everything seem possible, pleasant, and easy.
He had not ridden many hundred yards after that before he saw to his left, across the whole width of the field, an enormous mass of cavalry in brilliant white uniforms, mounted on black horses, trotting straight toward him and across his path.
Hardly had the Horse Guards passed Rostov before he heard them shout, "Hurrah!" and looking back saw that their foremost ranks were mixed up with some foreign cavalry with red epaulets, probably French.
"Can you imagine it?" and he began describing how the Guards, having taken up their position and seeing troops before them, thought they were Austrians, and all at once discovered from the cannon balls discharged by those troops that they were themselves in the front line and had unexpectedly to go into action.
He was killed by a cannon ball--struck in the breast before our regiment.
One with a white plume in his hat seemed familiar to Rostov; the other on a beautiful chestnut horse (which Rostov fancied he had seen before) rode up to the ditch, struck his horse with his spurs, and giving it the rein leaped lightly over.
Meeting a comrade at the last post station but one before Moscow, Denisov had drunk three bottles of wine with him and, despite the jolting ruts across the snow-covered road, did not once wake up on the way to Moscow, but lay at the bottom of the sleigh beside Rostov, who grew more and more impatient the nearer they got to Moscow.
He sprang out before the sleigh stopped, and ran into the hall.
Why, you remember before you went away?...
Isn't it? asked Natasha, so seriously and excitedly that it was evident that what she was now saying she had talked of before, with tears.
Why should he not love her now, and even marry her, Rostov thought, but just now there were so many other pleasures and interests before him!
During Rostov's short stay in Moscow, before rejoining the army, he did not draw closer to Sonya, but rather drifted away from her.
"Really, Papa, I believe Prince Bagration worried himself less before the battle of Schon Grabern than you do now," said his son with a smile.
Evidently just before coming to the dinner he had had his hair and whiskers trimmed, which changed his appearance for the worse.
But before he had finished reading, a stentorian major-domo announced that dinner was ready!
The footman, who was distributing leaflets with Kutuzov's cantata, laid one before Pierre as one of the principal guests.
"I'll kill you!" he shouted, and seizing the marble top of a table with a strength he had never before felt, he made a step toward her brandishing the slab.
"Your son," wrote Kutuzov, "fell before my eyes, a standard in his hand and at the head of a regiment--he fell as a hero, worthy of his father and his fatherland.
Princess Mary knelt down before her and hid her face in the folds of her sister-in-law's dress.
She did not venture to ask any questions, and shut the door again, now sitting down in her easy chair, now taking her prayer book, now kneeling before the icon stand.
"I've come to sit with you a bit, Masha," said the nurse, "and here I've brought the prince's wedding candles to light before his saint, my angel," she said with a sigh.
The nurse lit the gilt candles before the icons and sat down by the door with her knitting.
Nurse Savishna, knitting in hand, was telling in low tones, scarcely hearing or understanding her own words, what she had told hundreds of times before: how the late princess had given birth to Princess Mary in Kishenev with only a Moldavian peasant woman to help instead of a midwife.
She saw her husband, but did not realize the significance of his appearance before her now.
She was lying dead, in the same position he had seen her in five minutes before and, despite the fixed eyes and the pallor of the cheeks, the same expression was on her charming childlike face with its upper lip covered with tiny black hair.
But he was not as much at ease with Sonya and Dolokhov as before and was less frequently at home.
Nicholas understood that something must have happened between Sonya and Dolokhov before dinner, and with the kindly sensitiveness natural to him was very gentle and wary with them both at dinner.
He tried to say, "That's capital; of course she'll forget her childish promises and accept the offer," but before he had time to say it Natasha began again.
That evening, proud of Dolokhov's proposal, her refusal, and her explanation with Nicholas, Sonya twirled about before she left home so that the maid could hardly get her hair plaited, and she was transparently radiant with impulsive joy.
But before he had thought of anything, Dolokhov, looking straight in his face, said slowly and deliberately so that everyone could hear:
At that moment his home life, jokes with Petya, talks with Sonya, duets with Natasha, piquet with his father, and even his comfortable bed in the house on the Povarskaya rose before him with such vividness, clearness, and charm that it seemed as if it were all a lost and unappreciated bliss, long past.
"He exists, but to understand Him is hard," the Mason began again, looking not at Pierre but straight before him, and turning the leaves of his book with his old hands which from excitement he could not keep still.
A person of very high standing in our Brotherhood has made application for you to be received into our Order before the usual term and has proposed to me to be your sponsor.
It must be so, but I am still so weak that I love my life, the meaning of which is only now gradually opening before me.
Willarski coughed, he was answered by the masonic knock with mallets, the doors opened before them.
The bandage was taken off his eyes and, by the faint light of the burning spirit, Pierre, as in a dream, saw several men standing before him, wearing aprons like the Rhetor's and holding swords in their hands pointed at his breast.
I know all about it, and I can tell you positively that Helene is as innocent before you as Christ was before the Jews.
But before Prince Vasili had finished his playful speech, Pierre, without looking at him, and with a kind of fury that made him like his father, muttered in a whisper:
The novelty Anna Pavlovna was setting before her guests that evening was Boris Drubetskoy, who had just arrived as a special messenger from the Prussian army and was aide-de-camp to a very important personage.
Don't mention him before her--please don't!
He hardly crosses the river to our side before we recross to the other.
But as it turns out, just at that moment a third enemy rises before us--namely the Orthodox Russian soldiers, loudly demanding bread, meat, biscuits, fodder, and whatnot!
Continuing to represent the liberation of the serfs as impracticable, he arranged for the erection of large buildings--schools, hospitals, and asylums--on all the estates before the master arrived.
The estates he had not before visited were each more picturesque than the other; the serfs everywhere seemed thriving and touchingly grateful for the benefits conferred on them.
What Pierre did not know was that the place where they presented him with bread and salt and wished to build a chantry in honor of Peter and Paul was a market village where a fair was held on St. Peter's day, and that the richest peasants (who formed the deputation) had begun the chantry long before, but that nine tenths of the peasants in that villages were in a state of the greatest poverty.
As is usually the case with people meeting after a prolonged separation, it was long before their conversation could settle on anything.
In her snug room, with lamps burning before the icon stand, a young lad with a long nose and long hair, wearing a monk's cassock, sat on the sofa beside her, behind a samovar.
"Andrew, why didn't you warn me?" said the princess, with mild reproach, as she stood before her pilgrims like a hen before her chickens.
Before supper, Prince Andrew, coming back to his father's study, found him disputing hotly with his visitor.
As usual, in their spare time, they lit bonfires, steamed themselves before them naked; smoked, picked out and baked sprouting rotten potatoes, told and listened to stories of Potemkin's and Suvorov's campaigns, or to legends of Alesha the Sly, or the priest's laborer Mikolka.
The younger ones occupied themselves as before, some playing cards (there was plenty of money, though there was no food), some with more innocent games, such as quoits and skittles.
Rostov lived, as before, with Denisov, and since their furlough they had become more friendly than ever.
The next day the regimental commander sent for Denisov, and holding his fingers spread out before his eyes said:
Every day, letters of inquiry and notices from the court arrived, and on the first of May, Denisov was ordered to hand the squadron over to the next in seniority and appear before the staff of his division to explain his violence at the commissariat office.
The smell was so strong there that Rostov held his nose and had to pause and collect his strength before he could go on.
Just before him, almost across the middle of the passage on the bare floor, lay a sick man, probably a Cossack to judge by the cut of his hair.
I think it would be best not to bring it before the Emperor, but to apply to the commander of the corps....
Saddled horses were standing before the house and the suite were assembling, evidently preparing for the Emperor to come out.
His face twitched, as often happens to soldiers called before the ranks.
The day before yesterday it was 'Napoleon, France, bravoure'; yesterday, 'Alexandre, Russie, grandeur.'
The smell of the food the Preobrazhenskis were eating and a sense of hunger recalled him from these reflections; he had to get something to eat before going away.
Just before the window was a row of pollard trees, looking black on one side and with a silvery light on the other.
He could not now understand how he could ever even have doubted the necessity of taking an active share in life, just as a month before he had not understood how the idea of leaving the quiet country could ever enter his head.
Nearly two years before this, in 1808, Pierre on returning to Petersburg after visiting his estates had involuntarily found himself in a leading position among the Petersburg Freemasons.
His life meanwhile continued as before, with the same infatuations and dissipations.
Young men read books before attending Helene's evenings, to have something to say in her salon, and secretaries of the embassy, and even ambassadors, confided diplomatic secrets to her, so that in a way Helene was a power.
Scarcely had I torn it off before another, a bigger one, began biting me.
Though some skeptics smiled when told of Berg's merits, it could not be denied that he was a painstaking and brave officer, on excellent terms with his superiors, and a moral young man with a brilliant career before him and an assured position in society.
Before Sonya and her mother, if Boris happened to be mentioned, she spoke quite freely of that episode as of some childish, long-forgotten matter that was not worth mentioning.
These visits of Natasha's at night before the count returned from his club were one of the greatest pleasures of both mother, and daughter.
Natasha was lying looking steadily straight before her at one of the mahogany sphinxes carved on the corners of the bedstead, so that the countess only saw her daughter's face in profile.
It was a long time before she could sleep.
She was still sitting before a looking-glass with a dressing jacket thrown over her slender shoulders.
Natasha had not had a moment free since early morning and had not once had time to think of what lay before her.
Before and behind them other visitors were entering, also talking in low tones and wearing ball dresses.
But before he reached them Pierre stopped beside a very handsome, dark man of middle height, and in a white uniform, who stood by a window talking to a tall man wearing stars and a ribbon.
She stood with her slender arms hanging down, her scarcely defined bosom rising and falling regularly, and with bated breath and glittering, frightened eyes gazed straight before her, evidently prepared for the height of joy or misery.
"I have the pleasure of being already acquainted, if the countess remembers me," said Prince Andrew with a low and courteous bow quite belying Peronskaya's remarks about his rudeness, and approaching Natasha he held out his arm to grasp her waist before he had completed his invitation.
For one of the merry cotillions before supper Prince Andrew was again her partner.
"I have never enjoyed myself so much before!" she said, and Prince Andrew noticed how her thin arms rose quickly as if to embrace her father and instantly dropped again.
Hardly had he got rid of his hat before he ran into Prince Andrew's room with a preoccupied air and at once began talking.
Prince Andrew had never before heard Speranski's famous laugh, and this ringing, high-pitched laughter from a statesman made a strange impression on him.
Before Magnitski had finished his story someone else was anxious to relate something still funnier.
Next day Prince Andrew called at a few houses he had not visited before, and among them at the Rostovs' with whom he had renewed acquaintance at the ball.
Before long Boris, Berg's old comrade, arrived.
Prince Andrew was standing before her, saying something to her with a look of tender solicitude.
"But such a... such a... never happened to me before!" she said.
Before the countess could answer, Prince Andrew entered the room with an agitated and serious face.
Before he left he had a long talk with his father about something, and Princess Mary noticed that before his departure they were dissatisfied with one another.
Before he left he had a long talk with his father about something, and Princess Mary noticed that before his departure they were dissatisfied with one another.
He, as I wrote you before, has changed very much of late.
Once, when in a room with a lamp dimly lit before the icon Theodosia was talking of her life, the thought that Theodosia alone had found the true path of life suddenly came to Princess Mary with such force that she resolved to become a pilgrim herself.
I shall come to a place and pray there, and before having time to get used to it or getting to love it, I shall go farther.
The Bible legend tells us that the absence of labor--idleness--was a condition of the first man's blessedness before the Fall.
At the last post station before Otradnoe he gave the driver a three-ruble tip, and on arriving he ran breathlessly, like a boy, up the steps of his home.
"You see he writes," said she, showing her son a letter of Prince Andrew's, with that latent grudge a mother always has in regard to a daughter's future married happiness, "he writes that he won't come before December.
Before the hunt, by old custom, the count had drunk a silver cupful of mulled brandy, taken a snack, and washed it down with half a bottle of his favorite Bordeaux.
The count turned and saw on his right Mitka staring at him with eyes starting out of his head, raising his cap and pointing before him to the other side.
He was galloping round by the bushes while the field was coming up on both sides, all trying to head the wolf, but it vanished into the wood before they could do so.
Suddenly the wolf's whole physiognomy changed: she shuddered, seeing what she had probably never seen before--human eyes fixed upon her--and turning her head a little toward Rostov, she paused.
Hardly had he passed an angle of the wood before a stout gentleman in a beaver cap came riding toward him on a handsome raven-black horse, accompanied by two hunt servants.
Yes, she's a good dog, gets what she's after, answered Ilagin indifferently, of the red-spotted bitch Erza, for which, a year before, he had given a neighbor three families of house serfs.
But before the whip could reply, the hare, scenting the frost coming next morning, was unable to rest and leaped up.
They looked at one another (now that the hunt was over and they were in the house, Nicholas no longer considered it necessary to show his manly superiority over his sister), Natasha gave him a wink, and neither refrained long from bursting into a peal of ringing laughter even before they had a pretext ready to account for it.
They had not as many visitors as before, but the old habits of life without which the count and countess could not conceive of existence remained unchanged.
Natasha was still as much in love with her betrothed, found the same comfort in that love, and was still as ready to throw herself into all the pleasures of life as before; but at the end of the fourth month of their separation she began to have fits of depression which she could not master.
Natasha glanced at her and at the crack in the pantry door, and it seemed to her that she remembered the light falling through that crack once before and Sonya passing with a glass in her hand.
That's just how she started and just how she came up smiling timidly when all this happened before," thought Natasha, "and in just the same way I thought there was something lacking in her."
She sat awhile, wondering what the meaning of it all having happened before could be, and without solving this problem, or at all regretting not having done so, she again passed in fancy to the time when she was with him and he was looking at her with a lover's eyes.
"Do you know," said Natasha in a whisper, moving closer to Nicholas and Sonya, "that when one goes on and on recalling memories, one at last begins to remember what happened before one was in the world..."
The soul is immortal--well then, if I shall always live I must have lived before, lived for a whole eternity.
She had said she did not want to sing, but it was long since she had sung, and long before she again sang, as she did that evening.
Before Natasha had finished singing, fourteen-year-old Petya rushed in delightedly, to say that some mummers had arrived.
While they drove past the garden the shadows of the bare trees often fell across the road and hid the brilliant moonlight, but as soon as they were past the fence, the snowy plain bathed in moonlight and motionless spread out before them glittering like diamonds and dappled with bluish shadows.
Sonya sat down before the glasses, got the right position, and began looking.
The countess, with a coldness her son had never seen in her before, replied that he was of age, that Prince Andrew was marrying without his father's consent, and he could do the same, but that she would never receive that intriguer as her daughter.
We all profess the Christian law of forgiveness of injuries and love of our neighbors, the law in honor of which we have built in Moscow forty times forty churches--but yesterday a deserter was knouted to death and a minister of that same law of love and forgiveness, a priest, gave the soldier a cross to kiss before his execution.
"And if you allow yourself," he screamed in a fury, addressing Princess Mary for the first time, "to forget yourself again before her as you dared to do yesterday, I will show you who is master in this house.
Boris had realized this the week before when the commander-in-chief in his presence invited Rostopchin to dinner on St. Nicholas' Day, and Rostopchin had replied that he could not come:
The small group that assembled before dinner in the lofty old-fashioned drawing room with its old furniture resembled the solemn gathering of a court of justice.
He looked straight before him and smiled quietly.
Tell her so if you see her before I do.
She was by now decidedly plain, but thought herself not merely as good-looking as before but even far more attractive.
An attendant deferentially and quickly slipped before the ladies and opened the door of their box.
The music sounded louder and through the door rows of brightly lit boxes in which ladies sat with bare arms and shoulders, and noisy stalls brilliant with uniforms, glittered before their eyes.
She did not realize who and where she was, nor what was going on before her.
At a moment when all was quiet before the commencement of a song, a door leading to the stalls on the side nearest the Rostovs' box creaked, and the steps of a belated arrival were heard.
Before the beginning of the second act Pierre appeared in the stalls.
All that was going on before her now seemed quite natural, but on the other hand all her previous thoughts of her betrothed, of Princess Mary, or of life in the country did not once recur to her mind and were as if belonging to a remote past.
There was a special reason for this, as he had got married two years before--a fact known only to his most intimate friends.
She continually fancied that either he would never come or that something would happen to her before he came.
Natasha had not time to take off the bodice before the door opened and Countess Bezukhova, dressed in a purple velvet gown with a high collar, came into the room beaming with good-humored amiable smiles.
Natasha looked at the fat actress, but neither saw nor heard nor understood anything of what went on before her.
All that has happened, and now all is changed, she thought as she sat with the letter she had begun before her.
So this is the meaning of her excited, resolute, unnatural look the day before yesterday, yesterday, and today, thought Sonya.
The day before the count was to return, Sonya noticed that Natasha sat by the drawing-room window all the morning as if expecting something and that she made a sign to an officer who drove past, whom Sonya took to be Anatole.
Having looked in a mirror, and standing before Dolokhov in the same pose he had assumed before it, he lifted a glass of wine.
Two troykas were standing before the porch and two young drivers were holding the horses.
But Natasha was not asleep; with pale face and fixed wide-open eyes she looked straight before her.
A sense of pity he had never before known overflowed Pierre's heart.
You have your whole life before you, said he to her.
Before leaving, Napoleon showed favor to the emperor, kings, and princes who had deserved it, reprimanded the kings and princes with whom he was dissatisfied, presented pearls and diamonds of his own--that is, which he had taken from other kings--to the Empress of Austria, and having, as his historian tells us, tenderly embraced the Empress Marie Louise--who regarded him as her husband, though he had left another wife in Paris--left her grieved by the parting which she seemed hardly able to bear.
In evident fear of refusal, like a boy asking for permission to get on a horse, he begged to be allowed to swim across the river before the Emperor's eyes.
Hardly had Balashev begun to speak before a look of amazement appeared on the Emperor's face.
All the time Boris was going through the figures of the mazurka, he was worried by the question of what news Balashev had brought and how he could find it out before others.
They had hardly ridden up a hill, past a tavern, before they saw a group of horsemen coming toward them.
Balashev rode on, supposing from Murat's words that he would very soon be brought before Napoleon himself.
Four days before, sentinels of the Preobrazhensk regiment had stood in front of the house to which Balashev was conducted, and now two French grenadiers stood there in blue uniforms unfastened in front and with shaggy caps on their heads, and an escort of hussars and uhlans and a brilliant suite of aides-de-camp, pages, and generals, who were waiting for Napoleon to come out, were standing at the porch, round his saddle horse and his Mameluke, Rustan.
Duroc said that Napoleon would receive the Russian general before going for his ride.
When Napoleon, having finished speaking, looked inquiringly at the Russian envoy, Balashev began a speech he had prepared long before: Sire!
Balashev noticed that his left leg was quivering faster than before and his face seemed petrified in its stern expression.
Balashev began to feel uncomfortable: as envoy he feared to demean his dignity and felt the necessity of replying; but, as a man, he shrank before the transport of groundless wrath that had evidently seized Napoleon.
Before joining the Western Army which was then, in May, encamped at Drissa, Prince Andrew visited Bald Hills which was directly on his way, being only two miles off the Smolensk highroad.
Next day, before leaving, Prince Andrew went to his son's rooms.
The only reasonable thing left to do is to conclude peace as soon as possible, before we are turned out of Petersburg.
Another who wished to gain some advantage would attract the Emperor's attention by loudly advocating the very thing the Emperor had hinted at the day before, and would dispute and shout at the council, beating his breast and challenging those who did not agree with him to duels, thereby proving that he was prepared to sacrifice himself for the common good.
Before the beginning of the campaign, Rostov had received a letter from his parents in which they told him briefly of Natasha's illness and the breaking off of her engagement to Prince Andrew (which they explained by Natasha's having rejected him) and again asked Nicholas to retire from the army and return home.
First they camped gaily before Vilna, making acquaintance with the Polish landowners, preparing for reviews and being reviewed by the Emperor and other high commanders.
In the tavern, before which stood the doctor's covered cart, there were already some five officers.
They had hardly begun to play before the doctor's disheveled head suddenly appeared from behind Mary Hendrikhovna.
Tattered, blue-purple clouds, reddening in the east, were scudding before the wind.
Before Rostov had had time to consider and determine the distance of that firing, Count Ostermann-Tolstoy's adjutant came galloping from Vitebsk with orders to advance at a trot along the road.
Drawing himself up, he viewed the field of battle opening out before him from the hill, and with his whole soul followed the movement of the uhlans.
Rostov gazed at what was happening before him as at a hunt.
Rostov, without waiting to hear him out, touched his horse, galloped to the front of his squadron, and before he had time to finish giving the word of command, the whole squadron, sharing his feeling, was following him.
Hardly had they reached the bottom of the hill before their pace instinctively changed to a gallop, which grew faster and faster as they drew nearer to our uhlans and the French dragoons who galloped after them.
On the way he came upon a bush, his gallant horse cleared it, and almost before he had righted himself in his saddle he saw that he would immediately overtake the enemy he had selected.
Before Rostov had decided what to do with him, the officer cried, "I surrender!"
Unexpectedly, in the middle of the service, and not in the usual order Natasha knew so well, the deacon brought out a small stool, the one he knelt on when praying on Trinity Sunday, and placed it before the doors of the sanctuary screen.
Even before he saw her, while taking off his cloak, he heard her.
Tears suddenly rose in her eyes, she turned away, lifted her music before her eyes, began singing again, and again began walking up and down the room.
Before Shinshin had time to utter the joke he was ready to make on the count's patriotism, Natasha jumped up from her place and ran to her father.
There, there, I tell you, and the count moved to go out of the room, taking the papers, probably to reread them in his study before having a nap.
He frowned before his looking glass, gesticulated, shrugged his shoulders, and finally, without saying a word to anyone, took his cap and left the house by the back door, trying to avoid notice.
But in spite of this he continued to struggle desperately forward, and from between the backs of those in front he caught glimpses of an open space with a strip of red cloth spread out on it; but just then the crowd swayed back--the police in front were pushing back those who had pressed too close to the procession: the Emperor was passing from the palace to the Cathedral of the Assumption--and Petya unexpectedly received such a blow on his side and ribs and was squeezed so hard that suddenly everything grew dim before his eyes and he lost consciousness.
He sat on his elevation--the pedestal of the cannon--still agitated as before by the thought of the Emperor and by his love for him.
"I think that before discussing these questions," Pierre continued, "we should ask the Emperor--most respectfully ask His Majesty--to let us know the number of our troops and the position in which our army and our forces now are, and then..."
As became known later, he had scarcely begun to address the merchants before tears gushed from his eyes and he concluded in a trembling voice.
Wearing a waistcoat over his cotton shirt, Ferapontov was standing before his shop which opened onto the street.
Black figures flitted about before the fire, and through the incessant crackling of the flames talking and shouting could be heard.
He was lying on his back propped up high, and his small bony hands with their knotted purple veins were lying on the quilt; his left eye gazed straight before him, his right eye was awry, and his brows and lips motionless.
"Always thoughts... about you... thoughts..." he then uttered much more clearly than he had done before, now that he was sure of being understood.
He was still lying on the bed as before, but the stern expression of his quiet face made Princess Mary stop short on the threshold.
The demands of life, which had seemed to her annihilated by her father's death, all at once rose before her with a new, previously unknown force and took possession of her.
All that is mine is yours, she concluded, scanning the faces before her.
And she recalled in all its detail the night at Bald Hills before he had the last stroke, when with a foreboding of disaster she had remained at home against his will.
But before the words were well out of his mouth, his cap flew off and a fierce blow jerked his head to one side.
His adjutants galloped into the yard before him.
Before the battle of Borodino our strength in proportion to the French was about as five to six, but after that battle it was little more than one to two: previously we had a hundred thousand against a hundred and twenty thousand; afterwards little more than fifty thousand against a hundred thousand.
The sun shone somewhat to the left and behind him and brightly lit up the enormous panorama which, rising like an amphitheater, extended before him in the clear rarefied atmosphere.
Behind, before, and on both sides, crowds of militiamen with bared heads walked, ran, and bowed to the ground.
Boris Drubetskoy, brushing his knees with his hand (he had probably soiled them when he, too, had knelt before the icon), came up to him smiling.
But a militiaman got there before him.
Narrow and burdensome and useless to anyone as his life now seemed to him, Prince Andrew on the eve of battle felt agitated and irritable as he had done seven years before at Austerlitz.
Before a battle one must have one's sleep out, repeated Prince Andrew.
His eyes grew dim, he moved forward, glanced round at a chair (which seemed to place itself under him), and sat down on it before the portrait.
Let it be said of each of you: "He was in the great battle before Moscow!"
When Napoleon came out of the tent the shouting of the Guards before his son's portrait grew still louder.
And it was not Napoleon who directed the course of the battle, for none of his orders were executed and during the battle he did not know what was going on before him.
Having finished his second glass of punch, Napoleon went to rest before the serious business which, he considered, awaited him next day.
Napoleon walked about in front of his tent, looked at the fires and listened to these sounds, and as he was passing a tall guardsman in a shaggy cap, who was standing sentinel before his tent and had drawn himself up like a black pillar at sight of the Emperor, Napoleon stopped in front of him.
The first shots had not yet ceased to reverberate before others rang out and yet more were heard mingling with and overtaking one another.
Before he was thoroughly awake next morning everybody had already left the hut.
The sun, just bursting forth from behind a cloud that had concealed it, was shining, with rays still half broken by the clouds, over the roofs of the street opposite, on the dew- besprinkled dust of the road, on the walls of the houses, on the windows, the fence, and on Pierre's horses standing before the hut.
He was looking through a field glass down the highroad before him.
Mounting the steps to the knoll Pierre looked at the scene before him, spellbound by beauty.
It was the same panorama he had admired from that spot the day before, but now the whole place was full of troops and covered by smoke clouds from the guns, and the slanting rays of the bright sun, rising slightly to the left behind Pierre, cast upon it through the clear morning air penetrating streaks of rosy, golden-tinted light and long dark shadows.
All their faces were now shining with that latent warmth of feeling Pierre had noticed the day before and had fully understood after his talk with Prince Andrew.
Pierre saw that there was a bridge in front of him and that soldiers were doing something on both sides of it and in the meadow, among the rows of new-mown hay which he had taken no notice of amid the smoke of the campfires the day before; but despite the incessant firing going on there he had no idea that this was the field of battle.
On that very meadow he had ridden over the day before, a soldier was lying athwart the rows of scented hay, with his head thrown awkwardly back and his shako off.
Pierre, who had not noticed these sounds before, now heard nothing else.
A cannon ball struck the very end of the earth work by which he was standing, crumbling down the earth; a black ball flashed before his eyes and at the same instant plumped into something.
He saw the senior officer lying on the earth wall with his back turned as if he were examining something down below and that one of the soldiers he had noticed before was struggling forward shouting "Brothers!" and trying to free himself from some men who were holding him by the arm.
The smoke spread out before them, and at times it looked as if the smoke were moving, at times as if the troops moved.
He descended the knoll and began walking up and down before it.
Before Belliard was out of sight, a messenger from another part of the battlefield galloped up.
Neither Napoleon nor any of his generals had ever before seen such horrors or so many slain in such a small area.
He could not stop what was going on before him and around him and was supposed to be directed by him and to depend on him, and from its lack of success this affair, for the first time, seemed to him unnecessary and horrible.
Soon after the duke's departure--before he could possibly have reached Semenovsk--his adjutant came back from him and told Kutuzov that the duke asked for more troops.
Still, it is better to wait before we rejoice.
Disregarding the officers' orders, the soldiers stood leaning against their stretchers and gazing intently, as if trying to comprehend the difficult problem of what was taking place before them.
Yes, that man is somehow closely and painfully connected with me, thought Prince Andrew, not yet clearly grasping what he saw before him.
Even before he gave that order the thing he did not desire, and for which he gave the order only because he thought it was expected of him, was being done.
It was not Napoleon alone who had experienced that nightmare feeling of the mighty arm being stricken powerless, but all the generals and soldiers of his army whether they had taken part in the battle or not, after all their experience of previous battles--when after one tenth of such efforts the enemy had fled--experienced a similar feeling of terror before an enemy who, after losing HALF his men, stood as threateningly at the end as at the beginning of the battle.
Why did he not take up a position before reaching Fili?
Learned military authorities quite seriously tell us that Kutuzov should have moved his army to the Kaluga road long before reaching Fili, and that somebody actually submitted such a proposal to him.
But a commander in chief, especially at a difficult moment, has always before him not one proposal but dozens simultaneously.
Malasha, who kept her eyes fixed on what was going on before her, understood the meaning of the council differently.
One day he took the countess to a Roman Catholic church, where she knelt down before the altar to which she was led.
And as it always happens in contests of cunning that a stupid person gets the better of cleverer ones, Helene--having realized that the main object of all these words and all this trouble was, after converting her to Catholicism, to obtain money from her for Jesuit institutions (as to which she received indications)-before parting with her money insisted that the various operations necessary to free her from her husband should be performed.
Scarcely had Pierre laid his head on the pillow before he felt himself falling asleep, but suddenly, almost with the distinctness of reality, he heard the boom, boom, boom of firing, the thud of projectiles, groans and cries, and smelled blood and powder, and a feeling of horror and dread of death seized him.
Rostopchin shouted at Pierre louder than before, frowning suddenly.
Pierre did not answer and left Rostopchin's room more sullen and angry than he had ever before shown himself.
Before the officer had finished speaking the orderly made the same request on behalf of his master.
It no longer seemed strange to them but on the contrary it seemed the only thing that could be done, just as a quarter of an hour before it had not seemed strange to anyone that the wounded should be left behind and the goods carted away but that had seemed the only thing to do.
Before two o'clock in the afternoon the Rostovs' four carriages, packed full and with the horses harnessed, stood at the front door.
The count was the first to rise, and with a loud sigh crossed himself before the icon.
In fact, however, though now much farther off than before, the Rostovs all saw Pierre--or someone extraordinarily like him--in a coachman's coat, going down the street with head bent and a serious face beside a small, beardless old man who looked like a footman.
Gerasim, that sallow beardless old man Pierre had seen at Torzhok five years before with Joseph Bazdeev, came out in answer to his knock.
He sat down at the dusty writing table, and, having laid the manuscripts before him, opened them out, closed them, finally pushed them away, and resting his head on his hand sank into meditation.
At that very time, at ten in the morning of the second of September, Napoleon was standing among his troops on the Poklonny Hill looking at the panorama spread out before him.
Il etait temps, * said he, and dismounting he ordered a plan of Moscow to be spread out before him, and summoned Lelorgne d'Ideville, the interpreter.
Yes, here it lies before me, but why is the deputation from the city so long in appearing? he wondered.
The yard porter, his arms akimbo, stood smiling with satisfaction before the large mirror.
The young man in his clattering chains stepped clumsily to the spot indicated, holding away with one finger the coat collar which chafed his neck, turned his long neck twice this way and that, sighed, and submissively folded before him his thin hands, unused to work.
The young man in the fur-lined coat, stooping a little, stood in a submissive attitude, his fingers clasped before him.
Those standing in front, who had seen and heard what had taken place before them, all stood with wide-open eyes and mouths, straining with all their strength, and held back the crowd that was pushing behind them.
It was a long time before the dragoons could extricate the bleeding youth, beaten almost to death.
He remembered with dissatisfaction the agitation and fear he had betrayed before his subordinates.
But when he returned to the house convinced that Moscow would not be defended, he suddenly felt that what before had seemed to him merely a possibility had now become absolutely necessary and inevitable.
While Pierre, standing in the middle of the room, was talking to himself in this way, the study door opened and on the threshold appeared the figure of Makar Alexeevich, always so timid before but now quite transformed.
Still smiling, the French officer spread out his hands before Gerasim's nose, intimating that he did not understand him either, and moved, limping, to the door at which Pierre was standing.
Tell that to others, said the officer, waving his finger before his nose and smiling.
In reply to his last question Pierre again explained who Makar Alexeevich was and how just before their arrival that drunken imbecile had seized the loaded pistol which they had not had time to recover from him, and begged the officer to let the deed go unpunished.
Paris is Talma, la Duchenois, Potier, the Sorbonne, the boulevards," and noticing that his conclusion was weaker than what had gone before, he added quickly: "There is only one Paris in the world.
When he returned to the room Pierre was sitting in the same place as before, with his head in his hands.
Listening to the story of the struggle between love and duty, Pierre saw before his eyes every minutest detail of his last meeting with the object of his love at the Sukharev water tower.
In the darkness of the night one of the servants noticed, above the high body of a coach standing before the porch, the small glow of another fire.
"Yes, a new happiness was revealed to me of which man cannot be deprived," he thought as he lay in the semidarkness of the quiet hut, gazing fixedly before him with feverish wide open eyes.
But the face remained before him with the force of reality and drew nearer.
"I love you more, better than before," said Prince Andrew, lifting her face with his hand so as to look into her eyes.
Pierre rose, rubbed his eyes, and seeing the pistol with an engraved stock which Gerasim had replaced on the writing table, he remembered where he was and what lay before him that very day.
No, probably he won't make his entry into Moscow before noon.
The conflagration, at which he had looked with so much indifference the evening before, had greatly increased during the night.
Pierre's way led through side streets to the Povarskoy and from there to the church of St. Nicholas on the Arbat, where he had long before decided that the deed should be done.
"Don't, Mary Nikolievna!" said her husband to her in a low voice, evidently only to justify himself before the stranger.
He rushed at the barefooted Frenchman and, before the latter had time to draw his sword, knocked him off his feet and hammered him with his fists.
Kutuzov wrote that the Russians had not retreated a step, that the French losses were much heavier than ours, and that he was writing in haste from the field of battle before collecting full information.
"Fancy the Emperor's position!" said they, and instead of extolling Kutuzov as they had done the day before, they condemned him as the cause of the Emperor's anxiety.
A few days before the battle of Borodino, Nicholas received the necessary money and warrants, and having sent some hussars on in advance, he set out with post horses for Voronezh.
"As befits a soldier, Aunt, I don't force myself on anyone or refuse anything," he said before he had time to consider what he was saying.
During the two days that elapsed before Rostov called, Princess Mary continually thought of how she ought to behave to him.
He felt that the being before him was quite different from, and better than, anyone he had met before, and above all better than himself.
For this purpose she arranged a meeting between the young people at the bishop's house before Mass.
After meeting Princess Mary, though the course of his life went on externally as before, all his former amusements lost their charm for him and he often thought about her.
A few days before his departure a special thanksgiving, at which Nicholas was present, was held in the cathedral for the Russian victory.
Princess Mary, evidently engrossed by her thoughts, was crossing herself for the last time before leaving the church.
It was the same face he had seen before, there was the same general expression of refined, inner, spiritual labor, but now it was quite differently lit up.
As had occurred before when she was present, Nicholas went up to her without waiting to be prompted by the governor's wife and not asking himself whether or not it was right and proper to address her here in church, and told her he had heard of her trouble and sympathized with his whole soul.
But a few days before they left Moscow, moved and excited by all that was going on, she called Sonya to her and, instead of reproaching and making demands on her, tearfully implored her to sacrifice herself and repay all that the family had done for her by breaking off her engagement with Nicholas.
These first days, before the eighth of September when the prisoners were had up for a second examination, were the hardest of all for Pierre.
Glancing indolently and indifferently at all the prisoners, he ordered the officer in charge to have them decently dressed and tidied up before taking them to the marshal.
Pierre went close up to him, but Davout, evidently consulting a paper that lay before him, did not look up.
But before he had decided what to do, Davout raised his head, pushed his spectacles back on his forehead, screwed up his eyes, and looked intently at him.
He had experienced this before, but never so strongly as now.
But now he felt that the universe had crumbled before his eyes and only meaningless ruins remained, and this not by any fault of his own.
But as soon as he closed them he saw before him the dreadful face of the factory lad-- especially dreadful because of its simplicity--and the faces of the murderers, even more dreadful because of their disquiet.
"I say things happen not as we plan but as God judges," he replied, thinking that he was repeating what he had said before, and immediately continued:
We had a little girl, but God took her before I went as a soldier.
'Michael,' he says, 'come here and bow down to his feet; and you, young woman, you bow down too; and you, grandchildren, also bow down before him!
Every night before lying down, he said: "Lord, lay me down as a stone and raise me up as a loaf!" and every morning on getting up, he said: "I lay down and curled up, I get up and shake myself."
Sometimes Pierre, struck by the meaning of his words, would ask him to repeat them, but Platon could never recall what he had said a moment before, just as he never could repeat to Pierre the words of his favorite song: native and birch tree and my heart is sick occurred in it, but when spoken and not sung, no meaning could be got out of it.
Natasha was gazing at her, but seemed afraid and in doubt whether to say all she knew or not; she seemed to feel that before those luminous eyes which penetrated into the very depths of her heart, it was impossible not to tell the whole truth which she saw.
When Natasha opened Prince Andrew's door with a familiar movement and let Princess Mary pass into the room before her, the princess felt the sobs in her throat.
She was sure he would speak soft, tender words to her such as her father had uttered before his death, and that she would not be able to bear it and would burst into sobs in his presence.
He, the sensitive, tender Prince Andrew, how could he say that, before her whom he loved and who loved him?
"It's a great pity," and he gazed straight before him, absently stroking his mustache with his fingers.
He had felt it for the first time when the shell spun like a top before him, and he looked at the fallow field, the bushes, and the sky, and knew that he was face to face with death.
His illness pursued its normal physical course, but what Natasha referred to when she said: "This suddenly happened," had occurred two days before Princess Mary arrived.
It was the unexpected realization of the fact that he still valued life as presented to him in the form of his love for Natasha, and a last, though ultimately vanquished, attack of terror before the unknown.
Many various, indifferent, and insignificant people appeared before him.
That was what had happened to him two days before Princess Mary's arrival.
The old count cried because he felt that before long, he, too, must take the same terrible step.
As often happens when someone we have trusted is no longer before our eyes, it suddenly seemed quite clear and obvious to him that the sergeant was an impostor, that he had lied, and that the whole Russian attack would be ruined by the absence of those two regiments, which he would lead away heaven only knew where.
Thus he stumbled on Bagovut's corps in a wood when it was already broad daylight, though the corps should long before have joined Orlov-Denisov.
(The affair he had alluded to had happened a few days before--a fight between the prisoners and the French soldiers, in which Pierre had succeeded in pacifying his comrades.)
A week before the French had had boot leather and linen issued to them, which they had given out to the prisoners to make up into boots and shirts for them.
Just as Pierre reached the door, the corporal who had offered him a pipe the day before came up to it with two soldiers.
The prisoners had to be counted before being let out.
From the bridge they had a view of endless lines of moving baggage trains before and behind them.
These were troops of Beauharnais' corps which had started before any of the others.
Like this, we shan't get away before evening.
Forests and fields beyond the camp, unseen before, were now visible in the distance.
In Smolensk, at the Malakhov Gate, he had hardly dozed off in a paroxysm of fever before he was awakened by the bombardment of the town--and Smolensk held out all day long.
The orderly had gone in before him and began waking somebody.
The lesson of the Tarutino battle and of the day before it, which Kutuzov remembered with pain, must, he thought, have some effect on others too.
The small bands that had started their activities long before and had already observed the French closely considered things possible which the commanders of the big detachments did not dare to contemplate.
Like his horse, which turned its head and laid its ears back, he shrank from the driving rain and gazed anxiously before him.
Before they had ridden to the outskirts of the forest Petya had considered he must carry out his instructions strictly and return at once.
Dolokhov, as if he had not heard the question, did not reply, but lighting a short French pipe which he took from his pocket began asking the officer in how far the road before them was safe from Cossacks.
We can still get a nap before morning.
And then I am used to not sleeping before a battle.
Each instrument--now resembling a violin and now a horn, but better and clearer than violin or horn--played its own part, and before it had finished the melody merged with another instrument that began almost the same air, and then with a third and a fourth; and they all blended into one and again became separate and again blended, now into solemn church music, now into something dazzlingly brilliant and triumphant.
The shots came from the yard of the landowner's house he had visited the night before with Dolokhov.
When he did so and heard the subdued moaning with which Karataev generally lay down at the halting places, and when he smelled the odor emanating from him which was now stronger than before, Pierre moved farther away and did not think about him.
Karataev concluded and sat for a long time silent, gazing before him with a smile.
The Duke! and hardly had the sleek cavalry passed, before a carriage drawn by six gray horses rattled by.
Pierre looked at the soldier and remembered that, two days before, that man had burned his shirt while drying it at the fire and how they had laughed at him.
And suddenly he saw vividly before him a long-forgotten, kindly old man who had given him geography lessons in Switzerland.
Before sunrise he was awakened by shouts and loud and rapid firing.
When seeing a dying animal a man feels a sense of horror: substance similar to his own is perishing before his eyes.
Drooping in spirit and closing their eyes before the menacing cloud of death that overhung them, they dared not look life in the face.
And that other side of life, of which she had never before thought and which had formerly seemed to her so far away and improbable, was now nearer and more akin and more comprehensible than this side of life, where everything was either emptiness and desolation or suffering and indignity.
Natasha as usual answered before she had time to think what she would say.
Kutuzov merely shrugged his shoulders when one after another they presented projects of maneuvers to be made with those soldiers-- ill-shod, insufficiently clad, and half starved--who within a month and without fighting a battle had dwindled to half their number, and who at the best if the flight continued would have to go a greater distance than they had already traversed, before they reached the frontier.
"Lower its head, lower it!" he said to a soldier who had accidentally lowered the French eagle he was holding before the Preobrazhensk standards.
When they were out of the village they began talking again as loud as before, interlarding their talk with the same aimless expletives.
And do you know, Daddy, the day before yesterday we ran at them and, my word, they didn't let us get near before they just threw down their muskets and went on their knees.
The same submissive, expressionless look with which he had listened to the Emperor's commands on the field of Austerlitz seven years before settled on his face now.
Kutuzov raised his head and looked for a long while into the eyes of Count Tolstoy, who stood before him holding a silver salver on which lay a small object.
As before he was absent-minded and seemed occupied not with what was before his eyes but with something special of his own.
The difference between his former and present self was that formerly when he did not grasp what lay before him or was said to him, he had puckered his forehead painfully as if vainly seeking to distinguish something at a distance.
Is it possible that the meaning of life was not disclosed to him before he died? thought Pierre.
Before Pierre left the room Princess Mary told him: "This is the first time she has talked of him like that."
"But I am three times as rich as before," returned Pierre.
One was snatched out before my eyes... and there were women who had their things snatched off and their earrings torn out... he flushed and grew confused.
They killed him almost before my eyes.
"People speak of misfortunes and sufferings," remarked Pierre, "but if at this moment I were asked: 'Would you rather be what you were before you were taken prisoner, or go through all this again?' then for heaven's sake let me again have captivity and horseflesh!
There is much, much before us.
It was a long time before Pierre could fall asleep that night.
"Oh, yes, long ago before this happened I did for some reason mean to go to Petersburg," he reflected.
But he had hardly entered the room before he felt her presence with his whole being by the loss of his sense of freedom.
I will call round in case you have any commissions for me, said he, standing before Princess Mary and turning red, but not taking his departure.
The weariness she had plainly shown before had now quite passed off.
She was going to say that to speak of love was impossible, but she stopped because she had seen by the sudden change in Natasha two days before that she would not only not be hurt if Pierre spoke of his love, but that it was the very thing she wished for.
Before her words were out, Pierre had sprung up and with a frightened expression seized Princess Mary's hand.
The happiness before him appeared so inconceivable that if only he could attain it, it would be the end of all things.
Pierre's insanity consisted in not waiting, as he used to do, to discover personal attributes which he termed "good qualities" in people before loving them; his heart was now overflowing with love, and by loving people without cause he discovered indubitable causes for loving them.
One after another they hasten to display their insignificance before him.
The man who ten years before and a year later was considered an outlawed brigand is sent to an island two days' sail from France, which for some reason is presented to him as his dominion, and guards are given to him and millions of money are paid him.
It rises again from the same point as before--Paris.
Any guard might arrest him, but by strange chance no one does so and all rapturously greet the man they cursed the day before and will curse again a month later.
But dazed by the force of the movement, it was long before people understood this.
With Mademoiselle Bourienne's help the princess had maintained the conversation very well, but at the very last moment, just when he rose, she was so tired of talking of what did not interest her, and her mind was so full of the question why she alone was granted so little happiness in life, that in a fit of absent-mindedness she sat still, her luminous eyes gazing fixedly before her, not noticing that he had risen.
He always had before his mind's eye the estate as a whole and not any particular part of it.
She did not understand why he spoke with such admiration and delight of the farming of the thrifty and well- to-do peasant Matthew Ermishin, who with his family had carted corn all night; or of the fact that his (Nicholas') sheaves were already stacked before anyone else had his harvest in.
Before that, Nicholas had told his wife all that had passed between himself and Sonya, blaming himself and commending her.
He examined the bailiff's accounts of the village in Ryazan which belonged to his wife's nephew, wrote two business letters, and walked over to the granaries, cattle yards and stables before dinner.
When her husband took his place she concluded, from the rapid manner in which after taking up his table napkin he pushed back the tumbler and wineglass standing before him, that he was out of humor, as was sometimes the case when he came in to dinner straight from the farm--especially before the soup.
As she listened to it she saw before her his smooth handsome forehead, his mustache, and his whole face, as she had so often seen it in the stillness of the night when he slept.
All who had known Natasha before her marriage wondered at the change in her as at something extraordinary.
Thus in the morning--especially if she had eaten anything rich the day before--she felt a need of being angry and would choose as the handiest pretext Belova's deafness.
And with an eager face Nicholas began to speak of the possibility of repurchasing Otradnoe before long, and added: "Another ten years of life and I shall leave the children... in an excellent position."
What will become of us if she dies, as I always fear when her face is like that? thought he, and placing himself before the icon he began to say his evening prayers.
Little Nicholas, who had just waked up in a cold perspiration, sat up in bed and gazed before him with wide-open eyes.
And Uncle Nicholas stood before them in a stern and threatening attitude.
The Allies defeated Napoleon, entered Paris, forced Napoleon to abdicate, and sent him to the island of Elba, not depriving him of the title of Emperor and showing him every respect, though five years before and one year later they all regarded him as an outlaw and a brigand.
And Napoleon, shedding tears before his Old Guards, renounced the throne and went into exile.
The more this field of motion spreads out before our eyes, the more evident are the laws of that movement.
"Before," she said, knowing her face must be red.
They circled the room twice before a hand reached up and tapped Alex on the shoulder.
There was shopping and packing to be done before they left on vacation.
It was almost as if he were shutting Felipa off before she could reveal something.
He stumbled over something and exclaimed before she turned on the lamp beside her bed.
In the morning she showered and dressed before he woke.
It wasn't something she had considered before, but another thought followed his.
That was the extent of their conversation before Señor Medena cut in.
He was protective of you before he even met you.
"You look for Alex?" she asked, continuing before Carmen could respond.
Jonathan would be disappointed if we left before Christmas.
Carmen, remember what you said to me before we married?
Yet before the day was over, it was obvious that wasn't the case.
Other than an infatuation with Josh before she met Alex, there had been no one else.
Alex had trust issues, and they were there before she married him.
But I felt it for you before we got married.
Felipa left the room five minutes before Tessa left.
I know, we've been all through this before - but I still don't understand.
It seemed like hours in the emergency room before the diagnosis.
It didn't need another rinse, but she needed the time to contemplate before saying something she might regret.
He did a lot of researching before he talked to me.
We are somewhere in the middle of the earth, and the chances are we'll reach the other side of it before long.
They stood before it in silent admiration.
The Mangaboos were much impressed because they had never before seen any light that did not come directly from their suns.
Before long they neared the Black Pit, where a busy swarm of Mangaboos, headed by their Princess, was engaged in piling up glass rocks before the entrance.
Several minutes were consumed in silent admiration before they noticed two very singular and unusual facts about this valley.
Our greatest Champion, Overman-Anu, once climbed the spiral stairway and fought nine days with the Gargoyles before he could escape them and come back; but he could never be induced to describe the dreadful creatures, and soon afterward a bear caught him and ate him up.
The next moment a broad-leaved plant was jerked from the ground where it grew and held suspended in the air before the Wizard.
The mountain before them was shaped like a cone and was so tall that its point was lost in the clouds.
"It occurs to me," said the Wizard, "that we ought to get out of this place before the mother dragon comes back."
"I've heard animals talk before," said Dorothy, "and no harm came of it."
"Were you ever before shut up in a cave, far under the earth, with no way of getting out?" enquired the horse, seriously.
Many years before you came here this Land was united under one Ruler, as it is now, and the Ruler's name was always 'Oz,' which means in our language 'Great and Good'; or, if the Ruler happened to be a woman, her name was always 'Ozma.'
Today you may stand up before the school and read what you have written about the turnip.
There was something which she wished very much to know before going home, and so, without thinking, she had leaned over and whispered just three little words.
He was a very little boy, but before he was three years old he could read quite well.
Many days passed before they came in sight of land.
He took his stand on the forward deck, while the robber sailors stood in a half circle before him, anxious to listen to his song.
Then his eyes overflowed with tears, and he fell on his knees before the king.
A year passed by and then the merchant appeared once more before Al Mansour.
"Why didn't you come to us before?" he asked.
Before noon the next day the gardener was admitted to the palace.
Even in the days before my teacher came, I used to feel along the square stiff boxwood hedges, and, guided by the sense of smell would find the first violets and lilies.
One day I happened to spill water on my apron, and I spread it out to dry before the fire which was flickering on the sitting-room hearth.
Long before I learned to do a sum in arithmetic or describe the shape of the earth, Miss Sullivan had taught me to find beauty in the fragrant woods, in every blade of grass, and in the curves and dimples of my baby sister's hand.
I heard it proposed lately that two young men should travel together over the world, the one without money, earning his means as he went, before the mast and behind the plow, the other carrying a bill of exchange in his pocket.
Prussia has always declared that Buonaparte is invincible, and that all Europe is powerless before him....
"Madame, I doubt my ability before such an audience," said he, smilingly inclining his head.
"And what do you think of this latest comedy, the coronation at Milan?" asked Anna Pavlovna, "and of the comedy of the people of Genoa and Lucca laying their petitions before Monsieur Buonaparte, and Monsieur Buonaparte sitting on a throne and granting the petitions of the nations?
Boris on the contrary at once found his footing, and related quietly and humorously how he had known that doll Mimi when she was still quite a young lady, before her nose was broken; how she had aged during the five years he had known her, and how her head had cracked right across the skull.
But before Pierre--who at that moment imagined himself to be Napoleon in person and to have just effected the dangerous crossing of the Straits of Dover and captured London--could pronounce Pitt's sentence, he saw a well-built and handsome young officer entering his room.
It was just the moment before a big dinner when the assembled guests, expecting the summons to zakuska, * avoid engaging in any long conversation but think it necessary to move about and talk, in order to show that they are not at all impatient for their food.
Of the four crystal glasses engraved with the count's monogram that stood before his plate, Pierre held out one at random and drank with enjoyment, gazing with ever- increasing amiability at the other guests.
Preparations were made to fight the French before Smolensk.
Alpatych went up to a large crowd standing before a high barn which was blazing briskly.
Before he had had time to finish giving these instructions, a chief of staff followed by a suite galloped up to him.
I swear to you on my honor that Napoleon was in such a fix as never before and might have lost half his army but could not have taken Smolensk.
(This was before his talk with Dron.)
I told Morino last night that I would look at them before we left.
One instance, which had occurred some twenty years before, was a movement among the peasants to emigrate to some unknown "warm rivers."
Before this crowned Gargoyle had recovered himself Zeb had wound a strap several times around its body, confining its wings and arms so that it could not move.
Before I had done I was more the friend than the foe of the pine tree, though I had cut down some of them, having become better acquainted with it.
You knew before I did.
But hardly had he done so before he felt the bed rocking backwards and forwards beneath him as if it were breathing heavily and jolting.
Princess Mary stopped at the porch, still horrified by her spiritual baseness and trying to arrange her thoughts before going to her father.