They could function without him.
I never thought I could do it.
If anything could take her mind off the worry of surrogacy, he could.
What could he do about it but lose more sleep?
How could she blame him?
I wish you could hear yourself talking.
"Maybe we could get a van," Carmen suggested.
There was no heat in the colored suns, however, and after they had passed below them the top of the buggy shut out many of the piercing rays so that the boy and girl could open their eyes again.
It was all they could do, for to go away and leave that strange sight was impossible; nor could they hurry its fall in any way.
I had let so much gas out of my balloon that I could not rise again, and in a few minutes the earth closed over my head.
"If I could see you I am sure you would be beautiful," she declared.
Oh, I guess Zeb could fight if he had to.
"Could we fly with them?" asked Dorothy.
But not a trace could they find of the tiny creature they sought.
But Mr. Lincoln could climb.
Edward could spell nearly all the words in his primer, and he could read quite well.
The school was more than a mile from their home, and the children trotted along as fast as their short legs could carry them.
His life was such that no man could ever say, "Ben Franklin has wronged me."
Why the boys should drive away, Little maidens from their play, Or love to banter and fight so well, That's the thing I never could tell.
How could he find out?
From the hills of Charlestown they could watch and see what the king's soldiers were doing.
Bad science fiction plots, speculating on futures which could not really happen, are the worst examples of this.
It seemed as if no one saw that coming because, frankly, no one could conceive of it happening.
Could we make a car that can go 300 mph?
Who could argue there was ever a better time to start a business any time in the world?
Today, there are modern-day Da Vincis living in parts of the world where just surviving is a full-time occupation, powerless to develop the gifts they could offer the wider world.
That was the only way you could know something—and when the "Knower" died, the knowledge was gone, unless it had been shared with (and memorized by) someone else.
In fact, the book could survive for centuries, as could new perfect copies of the book, and thus the ideas could be distributed.
The doctor thought I could not live.
I could not understand, and was vexed.
I could not be induced to tell where the key was.
There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away.
I thought it strange that my teacher could not show me love.
Then in simpler words than these, which at that time I could not have understood, she explained: You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day.
This she did by repeating to me as far as possible, verbatim, what she heard, and by showing me how I could take part in the conversation.
I was wont to pity the clumsy Irish laborers who cut ice on the pond, in such mean and ragged clothes, while I shivered in my more tidy and somewhat more fashionable garments, till, one bitter cold day, one who had slipped into the water came to my house to warm him, and I saw him strip off three pairs of pants and two pairs of stockings ere he got down to the skin, though they were dirty and ragged enough, it is true, and that he could afford to refuse the extra garments which I offered him, he had so many intra ones.
My excuse for not lecturing against the use of tobacco is, that I never chewed it, that is a penalty which reformed tobacco-chewers have to pay; though there are things enough I have chewed which I could lecture against.
Well, there I might live, I said; and there I did live, for an hour, a summer and a winter life; saw how I could let the years run off, buffet the winter through, and see the spring come in.
An afternoon sufficed to lay out the land into orchard, wood-lot, and pasture, and to decide what fine oaks or pines should be left to stand before the door, and whence each blasted tree could be seen to the best advantage; and then I let it lie, fallow, perchance, for a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
All that I could say, then, with respect to farming on a large scale--I have always cultivated a garden--was, that I had had my seeds ready.
Indeed, by standing on tiptoe I could catch a glimpse of some of the peaks of the still bluer and more distant mountain ranges in the northwest, those true-blue coins from heaven's own mint, and also of some portion of the village.
But in other directions, even from this point, I could not see over or beyond the woods which surrounded me.
"I say so," he continued desperately, "because the Bourbons fled from the Revolution leaving the people to anarchy, and Napoleon alone understood the Revolution and quelled it, and so for the general good, he could not stop short for the sake of one man's life."
He could not do that.
Here he could contain himself no longer and went on, between gasps of laughter: "And the whole world knew...."
Either from awkwardness or intentionally (no one could have said which) after the shawl had been adjusted he kept his arm around her for a long time, as though embracing her.
If it were a war for freedom I could understand it and should be the first to enter the army; but to help England and Austria against the greatest man in the world is not right.
Dolokhov could play all games and nearly always won.
Placing the bottle on the window sill where he could reach it easily, Dolokhov climbed carefully and slowly through the window and lowered his legs.