By the expression on his face, he wasn't exactly enjoying the conversation.
His expression was unreadable.
His expression and tone were anything but understanding.
His expression was reflective as he continued to regard her.
Her expression became thoughtful.
Alex stared at her, his expression sour.
The expression on Felipa's face reflected both humor and interest.
For a moment he gazed down at her, his expression much like the trapped fox in the hen house.
The conversation he hears in his home stimulates his mind and suggests topics and calls forth the spontaneous expression of his own thoughts.
In reading my teacher's lips I was wholly dependent on my fingers: I had to use the sense of touch in catching the vibrations of the throat, the movements of the mouth and the expression of the face; and often this sense was at fault.
She hesitated, her expression pensive.
Standing on the smooth sandy beach at the east end of the pond, in a calm September afternoon, when a slight haze makes the opposite shore-line indistinct, I have seen whence came the expression, "the glassy surface of a lake."
His expression was wary, but he said nothing.
His expression was perplexed.
No teacher could have made Helen Keller sensitive to the beauties of language and to the finer interplay of thought which demands expression in melodious word groupings.
As he absorbed her words, his expression went from tense to relieved, and then on to something sweet and sad.
Instead of reading words on a page and trying to imagine a concept, we can see it, as the old expression goes, in Technicolor.
Everything about him, from his weary, bored expression to his quiet, measured step, offered a most striking contrast to his quiet, little wife.
Her beautiful eyes glanced askance at her husband's face, and her own assumed the timid, deprecating expression of a dog when it rapidly but feebly wags its drooping tail.
Señor Medena watched him for a moment, his expression guarded.
The best works of art are the expression of man's struggle to free himself from this condition, but the effect of our art is merely to make this low state comfortable and that higher state to be forgotten.
From time to time she smoothed the folds of her dress, and whenever the story produced an effect she glanced at Anna Pavlovna, at once adopted just the expression she saw on the maid of honor's face, and again relapsed into her radiant smile.
His tone and expression awoke an old unwelcome feeling.
Then her expression grew bland again.
Alex glanced up at him and then his expression turned sour.
An unidentifiable expression lurked in his dark features as he nodded.
Her early rages were an unhappy expression of the natural force of character which instruction was to turn into trained and organized power.
Prince Vasili said no more and his cheeks began to twitch nervously, now on one side, now on the other, giving his face an unpleasant expression which was never to be seen on it in a drawing room.
"I know the will was made, but I also know that it is invalid; and you, mon cousin, seem to consider me a perfect fool," said the princess with the expression women assume when they suppose they are saying something witty and stinging.
Anna Mikhaylovna, with a meek, sorrowful, and all-forgiving expression on her face, stood by the door near the strange lady.
The retired naval man was speaking very boldly, as was evident from the expression on the faces of the listeners and from the fact that some people Pierre knew as the meekest and quietest of men walked away disapprovingly or expressed disagreement with him.
She recalled all her life with him and in every word and act of his found an expression of his love of her.
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.
He nodded, his expression reflective again.
Everyone was watching her with a horrified expression - even Jonathan and Destiny.
"What next?" the princess interrupted, smiling sardonically and not changing the expression of her eyes.
But the princess never saw the beautiful expression of her own eyes--the look they had when she was not thinking of herself.
"Why, this is a palace!" she said to her husband, looking around with the expression with which people compliment their host at a ball.
Prince Andrew looked sternly at her and an expression of anger suddenly came over his face.
Looking at their boots he several times shook his head sadly, pointing them out to the Austrian general with an expression which seemed to say that he was not blaming anyone, but could not help noticing what a bad state of things it was.
This hussar, with a grave face and without a smile or a change in the expression of his fixed eyes, watched the regimental commander's back and mimicked his every movement.
The hussar at that moment noticed the face of the red-nosed captain and his drawn-in stomach, and mimicked his expression and pose with such exactitude that Nesvitski could not help laughing.
"All I can say, General," said he with a pleasant elegance of expression and intonation that obliged one to listen to each deliberately spoken word.
In the expression of his face, in his movements, in his walk, scarcely a trace was left of his former affected languor and indolence.
Pierre, however, felt excited, and the general desire to show that they were ready to go to all lengths--which found expression in the tones and looks more than in the substance of the speeches--infected him too.
"Call Andrew!" he said suddenly, and a childish, timid expression of doubt showed itself on his face as he spoke.
He didn't want to go, so maybe this was his expression of resistance.
Like Alex, it was impossible to guess what was going on in his mind by the expression on his face.
At his disappointed expression, she gave herself an attitude adjustment.
He nodded, his expression drifting to uncertain.
As he rode into the yard, his expression made it clear that he didn't come to see the house.
For a moment he merely stared at her, his expression unreadable.
Aside from his solemn expression, there was nothing in the way he acted with the children that might indicate anything was wrong between them.
His expression was a blend of question and concern.
For once his expression was readable.
He watched her while she wiped her hands, his expression unreadable.
When it finally came back to her, the frown was still there, but his expression was cognitive.
His gaze traveled over her face in that familiar way, his expression reflective.
Lathum glanced up sharply, his expression unreadable.
He started to turn and then stopped, his expression sober.
The hostility in his voice and expression was unnerving.
His gaze shifted to his mother and his expression softened.
Far from the grouchy expression he had put on at the beginning of the ride, now his eyes flashed with humor, and his lips were twisted in a friendly smile.
Giddon returned, his expression guarded.
There was not an ugly person in all the throng.
Helen Keller's letters are important, not only as a supplementary story of her life, but as a demonstration of her growth in thought and expression--the growth which in itself has made her distinguished.
The ancient cannon, which look seaward, wear a very menacing expression; but I doubt if there is any unkindness in their rusty old hearts.
When she touched one with which she was familiar, a peculiarly sweet expression lighted her face, and we saw her countenance growing sweeter and more earnest every day.
Every shade of feeling finds expression through her mobile features.
In these early lessons I encouraged her in the use of different forms of expression for conveying the same idea.
True, single words do suggest and express ideas; the child may say simply "mamma" when he means "Where is mamma?" but he learns the expression of the ideas that relate to mamma--he learns language--by hearing complete sentences.
He had just entered, wearing an embroidered court uniform, knee breeches, and shoes, and had stars on his breast and a serene expression on his flat face.
Suddenly the angry, squirrel-like expression of the princess' pretty face changed into a winning and piteous look of fear.
The son noticed that an expression of profound sorrow suddenly clouded his mother's face, and he smiled slightly.
The eldest princess paused in her reading and silently stared at him with frightened eyes; the second assumed precisely the same expression; while the youngest, the one with the mole, who was of a cheerful and lively disposition, bent over her frame to hide a smile probably evoked by the amusing scene she foresaw.
Prince Vasili understood it as an expression of weariness.
Princess Mary went back to her room with the sad, scared expression that rarely left her and which made her plain, sickly face yet plainer.
As with everyone, her face assumed a forced unnatural expression as soon as she looked in a glass.
But Kutuzov went on blandly smiling with the same expression, which seemed to say that he had a right to suppose so.
Every face, from Denisov's to that of the bugler, showed one common expression of conflict, irritation, and excitement, around chin and mouth.
He was glancing at everyone with a clear, bright expression, as if asking them to notice how calmly he sat under fire.
Again on all the bright faces of the squadron the serious expression appeared that they had worn when under fire.
He had an intellectual and distinctive head, but the instant he turned to Prince Andrew the firm, intelligent expression on his face changed in a way evidently deliberate and habitual to him.
The movement of these wrinkles formed the principal play of expression on his face.
This expression evidently pleased him.
Prince Andrew stood right in front of Kutuzov but the expression of the commander in chief's one sound eye showed him to be so preoccupied with thoughts and anxieties as to be oblivious of his presence.
A young officer with a bewildered and pained expression on his face stepped away from the man and looked round inquiringly at the adjutant as he rode by.
The commander of the regiment, a thin, feeble-looking old man with a pleasant smile--his eyelids drooping more than half over his old eyes, giving him a mild expression, rode up to Bagration and welcomed him as a host welcomes an honored guest.
Prince Andrew was struck by the changed expression on Prince Bagration's face at this moment.
The dull, sleepy expression was no longer there, nor the affectation of profound thought.
A morose soldier marching on the left turned his eyes on Bagration as he shouted, with an expression that seemed to say: "We know that ourselves!"
The foremost Frenchman, the one with the hooked nose, was already so close that the expression of his face could be seen.
The soldiers, for the most part handsome fellows and, as is always the case in an artillery company, a head and shoulders taller and twice as broad as their officer--all looked at their commander like children in an embarrassing situation, and the expression on his face was invariably reflected on theirs.
Several of those present smiled at Zherkov's words, expecting one of his usual jokes, but noticing that what he was saying redounded to the glory of our arms and of the day's work, they assumed a serious expression, though many of them knew that what he was saying was a lie devoid of any foundation.
Prince Vasili mimicked the sobbing of Sergey Kuzmich and at the same time his eyes glanced toward his daughter, and while he laughed the expression on his face clearly said: "Yes... it's getting on, it will all be settled today."
But then the expression of severity changed, and he drew Pierre's hand downwards, made him sit down, and smiled affectionately.
She flushed, her beautiful eyes grew dim, red blotches came on her face, and it took on the unattractive martyrlike expression it so often wore, as she submitted herself to Mademoiselle Bourienne and Lise.
She was looking at them with an expression they both knew, an expression thoughtful and sad.
This expression in Princess Mary did not frighten them (she never inspired fear in anyone), but they knew that when it appeared on her face, she became mute and was not to be shaken in her determination.
But Anatole's expression, though his eyes were fixed on her, referred not to her but to the movements of Mademoiselle Bourienne's little foot, which he was then touching with his own under the clavichord.
Princess Mary well knew this painstaking expression of her father's.
Her face wore the proud expression of a surgeon who has just performed a difficult operation and admits the public to appreciate his skill.
When he entered, Prince Andrew, his eyes drooping contemptuously (with that peculiar expression of polite weariness which plainly says, "If it were not my duty I would not talk to you for a moment"), was listening to an old Russian general with decorations, who stood very erect, almost on tiptoe, with a soldier's obsequious expression on his purple face, reporting something.
Again he pressed the hand of the latter with an expression of good-natured, sincere, and animated levity.
The day was bright and sunny after a sharp night frost, and the cheerful glitter of that autumn day was in keeping with the news of victory which was conveyed, not only by the tales of those who had taken part in it, but also by the joyful expression on the faces of soldiers, officers, generals, and adjutants, as they passed Rostov going or coming.
Langeron lifted his eyes with an expression of perplexity, turned round to Miloradovich as if seeking an explanation, but meeting the latter's impressive but meaningless gaze drooped his eyes sadly and again took to twirling his snuffbox.
Seeing him, Kutuzov's malevolent and caustic expression softened, as if admitting that what was being done was not his adjutant's fault, and still not answering the Austrian adjutant, he addressed Bolkonski.
The expression on all their faces suddenly changed to one of horror.
He looked up at the opening door and his expression of sleepy indifference suddenly changed to one of delighted amazement.
And the count turned to the cook, who, with a shrewd and respectful expression, looked observantly and sympathetically at the father and son.
He remembered the expression Dolokhov's face assumed in his moments of cruelty, as when tying the policeman to the bear and dropping them into the water, or when he challenged a man to a duel without any reason, or shot a post-boy's horse with a pistol.
That expression was often on Dolokhov's face when looking at him.
"Well, now to the health of handsome women!" said Dolokhov, and with a serious expression, but with a smile lurking at the corners of his mouth, he turned with his glass to Pierre.
Rostov was struck by the totally altered and unexpectedly rapturous and tender expression on Dolokhov's face.
He woke up and looked round for a while with a startled expression, unable to realize where he was.
Pierre wished to say something, looked at her with eyes whose strange expression she did not understand, and lay down again.
She looked at Princess Mary, then sat thinking for a while with that expression of attention to something within her that is only seen in pregnant women, and suddenly began to cry.
Yes, it was he, pale, thin, with a changed and strangely softened but agitated expression on his face.
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.
The stern, shrewd, and penetrating expression of that look struck Pierre.
This expression suggested that she had resolved to endure her troubles uncomplainingly and that her husband was a cross laid upon her by God.
But what was still stranger, though of this Prince Andrew said nothing to his sister, was that in the expression the sculptor had happened to give the angel's face, Prince Andrew read the same mild reproach he had read on the face of his dead wife: "Ah, why have you done this to me?"
Near them, in an armchair, sat a thin, shriveled, old woman, with a meek expression on her childlike face.
"Can anyone find an example of an idiom, or fun expression, to share with the class?" asked the teacher.
A weal dog astwide a fence! shouted Denisov after him (the most insulting expression a cavalryman can address to a mounted infantryman) and riding up to Rostov, he burst out laughing.
How are you, how are you? he called out, still in the same voice as in the regiment, but Rostov noticed sadly that under this habitual ease and animation some new, sinister, hidden feeling showed itself in the expression of Denisov's face and the intonations of his voice.
"Me petition the Empewo'!" exclaimed Denisov, in a voice to which he tried hard to give the old energy and fire, but which sounded like an expression of irritable impotence.
An expression of annoyance showed itself for a moment on his face on first recognizing Rostov.
Now he remembered Denisov with his changed expression, his submission, and the whole hospital, with arms and legs torn off and its dirt and disease.
This expression on his face pleased Natasha.
The despairing, dejected expression of Natasha's face caught his eye.
He recognized her, guessed her feelings, saw that it was her debut, remembered her conversation at the window, and with an expression of pleasure on his face approached Countess Rostova.
That tremulous expression on Natasha's face, prepared either for despair or rapture, suddenly brightened into a happy, grateful, childlike smile.
Prince Andrew went up to Pierre, and the latter noticed a new and youthful expression in his friend's face.
Prince Andrew, with a beaming, ecstatic expression of renewed life on his face, paused in front of Pierre and, not noticing his sad look, smiled at him with the egotism of joy.
"Yes, yes," Pierre assented, looking at his friend with a touched and sad expression in his eyes.
"There, that's me!" the expression of her face seemed to say as she caught sight of herself.
He looked at her and was struck by the serious impassioned expression of her face.
But a fortnight after his departure, to the surprise of those around her, she recovered from her mental sickness just as suddenly and became her old self again, but with a change in her moral physiognomy, as a child gets up after a long illness with a changed expression of face.
Five years have passed since then, and already I, with my petty understanding, begin to see clearly why she had to die, and in what way that death was but an expression of the infinite goodness of the Creator, whose every action, though generally incomprehensible to us, is but a manifestation of His infinite love for His creatures.
But repressed vexation at his son's poor-spirited behavior found expression in his treatment of his daughter.
The latter was riding with a sullen expression on his face.
Now do you understand 'Uncle'? her expression said to Rostov.
"Uncle" continued to play correctly, carefully, with energetic firmness, looking with a changed and inspired expression at the spot where Anisya Fedorovna had just stood.
"Then it's all right?" said Nicholas, again scrutinizing the expression of his sister's face to see if she was in earnest.
With Sonya's help and the maid's, Natasha got the glass she held into the right position opposite the other; her face assumed a serious expression and she sat silent.
But he had no time to utter the decisive word which the expression of his face caused his mother to await with terror, and which would perhaps have forever remained a cruel memory to them both.
Pierre no longer suffered moments of despair, hypochondria, and disgust with life, but the malady that had formerly found expression in such acute attacks was driven inwards and never left him for a moment.
The whole expression of his face told her that he had not forgotten the morning's talk, that his decision remained in force, and only the presence of visitors hindered his speaking of it to her now.
Princess Mary sighed, and the expression on her face said: "Yes, that's what I expected and feared."
The more emotional and ingratiating the expression of Natasha's face became, the more serious and stern grew Sonya's.
With the same expression of agitated surprise and guilt she went about the house, taking up now one occupation, now another, and at once abandoning them.
She glanced round at him, frowned, and left the room with an expression of cold dignity.
He did not know that Natasha's soul was overflowing with despair, shame, and humiliation, and that it was not her fault that her face happened to assume an expression of calm dignity and severity.
The expression of that base and cringing smile, which Pierre knew so well in his wife, revolted him.
This expression irritated Prince Andrew, and in a determined, ringing, and unpleasant tone he continued:
He thought she would give him her hand as usual; but she, stepping up to him, stopped, breathing heavily, her arms hanging lifelessly just in the pose she used to stand in when she went to the middle of the ballroom to sing, but with quite a different expression of face.
On the faces of all was one common expression of joy at the commencement of the long-expected campaign and of rapture and devotion to the man in the gray coat who was standing on the hill.
His full face, rather young-looking, with its prominent chin, wore a gracious and majestic expression of imperial welcome.
The child cannot believe that the strongest and wisest of its people have no remedy for its pain, and the hope of relief and the expression of its mother's sympathy while she rubs the bump comforts it.
The countess, with a cheerful expression on her face, looked down at her nails and spat a little for luck as she returned to the drawing room.
Natasha entered with a softened and agitated expression of face and sat down looking silently at Pierre.
The countess shook her head disapprovingly and angrily at every solemn expression in the manifesto.
All the faces bore the same expression of excitement and enthusiasm.
With a sudden expression of malevolence on his aged face, Adraksin shouted at Pierre:
All she could see was that his former stern and determined expression had altered to one of timidity and submission.
She could not fathom whether it was curiosity, devotion, gratitude, or apprehension and distrust--but the expression on all the faces was identical.
And again all the faces in that crowd bore an identical expression, though now it was certainly not an expression of curiosity or gratitude, but of angry resolve.
What gentleness and nobility there are in her features and expression! thought he as he looked at her and listened to her timid story.
But the princess, if she did not again thank him in words, thanked him with the whole expression of her face, radiant with gratitude and tenderness.
On the rest of the way to Moscow, though the princess' position was not a cheerful one, Dunyasha, who went with her in the carriage, more than once noticed that her mistress leaned out of the window and smiled at something with an expression of mingled joy and sorrow.
The faces all expressed animation and apprehension, but it seemed to Pierre that the cause of the excitement shown in some of these faces lay chiefly in questions of personal success; his mind, however, was occupied by the different expression he saw on other faces--an expression that spoke not of personal matters but of the universal questions of life and death.
Prince Andrew remained silent, and his expression was so forbidding that Pierre addressed his remarks chiefly to the good-natured battalion commander.
It was already dark, and Pierre could not make out whether the expression of Prince Andrew's face was angry or tender.
Another valet, with his finger over the mouth of a bottle, was sprinkling Eau de Cologne on the Emperor's pampered body with an expression which seemed to say that he alone knew where and how much Eau de Cologne should be sprinkled.
Well, what is Paris saying? he asked, suddenly changing his former stern expression for a most cordial tone.
With the natural capacity of an Italian for changing the expression of his face at will, he drew nearer to the portrait and assumed a look of pensive tenderness.
He tried to pass either in front of them or to the right or left, but there were soldiers everywhere, all with the same preoccupied expression and busy with some unseen but evidently important task.
They all gazed with the same dissatisfied and inquiring expression at this stout man in a white hat, who for some unknown reason threatened to trample them under his horse's hoofs.
Pierre was about to ask, but seeing the stern expression of the adjutant who was also looking that way, he checked himself.
Kutuzov's general expression was one of concentrated quiet attention, and his face wore a strained look as if he found it difficult to master the fatigue of his old and feeble body.
On the faces of all who came from the field of battle, and of those who stood around him, Kutuzov noticed an expression of extreme tension.
Kutuzov's expression grew more and more preoccupied and gloomy.
His glance met Malasha's, and the expression of his eyes caused the little girl to smile.
A shopkeeper with red pimples on his cheeks near the nose, and a calm, persistent, calculating expression on his plump face, hurriedly and ostentatiously approached the officer, swinging his arms.
The Frenchman listened in silence with the same gloomy expression, but suddenly turned to Pierre with a smile.
His handsome face assumed a melodramatically gentle expression and he held out his hand.
There was so much good nature and nobility (in the French sense of the word) in the officer's voice, in the expression of his face and in his gestures, that Pierre, unconsciously smiling in response to the Frenchman's smile, pressed the hand held out to him.
The captain looked at Pierre by the candlelight and was evidently struck by the troubled expression on his companion's face.
Pierre did not answer, but looked cordially into the Frenchman's eyes whose expression of sympathy was pleasing to him.
From the expression of his animated face the woman saw that this man might help her.
Ooh! lamented Aniska, who at the sight of the fire felt that she too must give expression to her feelings.
The other, whose appearance particularly struck Pierre, was a long, lank, round-shouldered, fair-haired man, slow in his movements and with an idiotic expression of face.
When he heard these words and saw the expression of firm resolution in the Emperor's eyes, Michaud--quoique etranger, russe de coeur et d'ame-- at that solemn moment felt himself enraptured by all that he had heard (as he used afterwards to say), and gave expression to his own feelings and those of the Russian people whose representative he considered himself to be, in the following words:
"Do you know, dear boy," began the governor's wife with a serious expression on her kind little face, "that really would be the match for you: would you like me to arrange it?"
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.
There was a pathetic expression of sorrow, prayer, and hope in it.
The princess looked at him, not grasping what he was saying, but cheered by the expression of regretful sympathy on his face.
In men Rostov could not bear to see the expression of a higher spiritual life (that was why he did not like Prince Andrew) and he referred to it contemptuously as philosophy and dreaminess, but in Princess Mary that very sorrow which revealed the depth of a whole spiritual world foreign to him was an irresistible attraction.
His face, despite its fine, rounded wrinkles, had an expression of innocence and youth, his voice was pleasant and musical.
There was only one expression on her agitated face when she ran into the drawing room--that of love--boundless love for him, for her, and for all that was near to the man she loved; and of pity, suffering for others, and passionate desire to give herself entirely to helping them.
She suddenly felt guilty and grew timid on catching the expression of his face and eyes.
In the deep gaze that seemed to look not outwards but inwards there was an almost hostile expression as he slowly regarded his sister and Natasha.
During the hour Pierre watched them they all came flowing from the different streets with one and the same desire to get on quickly; they all jostled one another, began to grow angry and to fight, white teeth gleamed, brows frowned, ever the same words of abuse flew from side to side, and all the faces bore the same swaggeringly resolute and coldly cruel expression that had struck Pierre that morning on the corporal's face when the drums were beating.
On Konovnitsyn's handsome, resolute face with cheeks flushed by fever, there still remained for an instant a faraway dreamy expression remote from present affairs, but then he suddenly started and his face assumed its habitual calm and firm appearance.
The expression on all faces showed the tension people feel at the approach of those in authority.
On his face, besides the look of joyful emotion it had worn yesterday while telling the tale of the merchant who suffered innocently, there was now an expression of quiet solemnity.
They both looked pale, and in the expression on their faces--one of them glanced timidly at Pierre-- there was something resembling what he had seen on the face of the young soldier at the execution.
"Filez, filez!" * Dolokhov kept saying, having adopted this expression from the French, and when his eyes met those of the prisoners they flashed with a cruel light.
As soon as anyone entered she got up quickly, changed her position and expression, and picked up a book or some sewing, evidently waiting impatiently for the intruder to go.
Not merely in these cases but continually did that old man--who by experience of life had reached the conviction that thoughts and the words serving as their expression are not what move people--use quite meaningless words that happened to enter his head.
There was something horrible and bestial in the fleeting glance they threw at the riders and in the malevolent expression with which, after a glance at Kutuzov, the soldier with the sores immediately turned away and went on with what he was doing.
At another spot he noticed a Russian soldier laughingly patting a Frenchman on the shoulder, saying something to him in a friendly manner, and Kutuzov with the same expression on his face again swayed his head.
"You see, brothers..." said he when the shouts had ceased... and all at once his voice and the expression of his face changed.
But Pierre's face quivering with emotion, his questions and his eager restless expression, gradually compelled her to go into details which she feared to recall for her own sake.
Natasha was calm, though a severe and grave expression had again settled on her face.
Before her words were out, Pierre had sprung up and with a frightened expression seized Princess Mary's hand.
But noticing the grieved expression on Princess Mary's face she guessed the reason of that sadness and suddenly began to cry.
But instead of being greeted with pleasure as she had expected, at his first glance at her his face assumed a cold, stiff, proud expression she had not seen on it before.
There was an expression of carefree happiness on the faces of both father and daughter.
Well, and what harm is there in that? and she rose (everybody else got up too) and with a severe expression sailed back to her table in the sitting room.
A stern expression of the lofty, secret suffering of a soul burdened by the body appeared on her face.
But why intellectual activity is considered by the historians of culture to be the cause or expression of the whole historical movement is hard to understand.
But in that case the question arises whether all the activity of the leaders serves as an expression of the people's will or only some part of it.
If the whole activity of the leaders serves as the expression of the people's will, as some historians suppose, then all the details of the court scandals contained in the biographies of a Napoleon or a Catherine serve to express the life of the nation, which is evident nonsense; but if it is only some particular side of the activity of an historical leader which serves to express the people's life, as other so-called "philosophical" historians believe, then to determine which side of the activity of a leader expresses the nation's life, we have first of all to know in what the nation's life consists.
So say the third class of historians who regard all historical persons, from monarchs to journalists, as the expression of their age.
The historians, in accord with the old habit of acknowledging divine intervention in human affairs, want to see the cause of events in the expression of the will of someone endowed with power, but that supposition is not confirmed either by reason or by experience.
On the other hand, even if we admitted that words could be the cause of events, history shows that the expression of the will of historical personages does not in most cases produce any effect, that is to say, their commands are often not executed, and sometimes the very opposite of what they order occurs.
Power, from the standpoint of experience, is merely the relation that exists between the expression of someone's will and the execution of that will by others.
To explain the conditions of that relationship we must first establish a conception of the expression of will, referring it to man and not to the Deity.
If the Deity issues a command, expresses His will, as ancient history tells us, the expression of that will is independent of time and is not caused by anything, for the Divinity is not controlled by an event.
But speaking of commands that are the expression of the will of men acting in time and in relation to one another, to explain the connection of commands with events we must restore: (1) the condition of all that takes place: the continuity of movement in time both of the events and of the person who commands, and (2) the inevitability of the connection between the person commanding and those who execute his command.
Only the expression of the will of the Deity, not dependent on time, can relate to a whole series of events occurring over a period of years or centuries, and only the Deity, independent of everything, can by His sole will determine the direction of humanity's movement; but man acts in time and himself takes part in what occurs.
When, for instance, we say that Napoleon ordered armies to go to war, we combine in one simultaneous expression a whole series of consecutive commands dependent one on another.
Apart from that, the chief source of our error in this matter is due to the fact that in the historical accounts a whole series of innumerable, diverse, and petty events, such for instance as all those which led the French armies to Russia, is generalized into one event in accord with the result produced by that series of events.
However inaccessible to us may be the cause of the expression of will in any action, our own or another's, the first demand of reason is the assumption of and search for a cause, for without a cause no phenomenon is conceivable.
Reason gives expression to the laws of inevitability.
Vital force is only an expression for the unknown remainder over and above what we know of the essence of life.
Free will is for history only an expression for the unknown remainder of what we know about the laws of human life.
He crawled onto the bed and lay down beside her, his expression becoming sober.
Dulce glanced at Carmen, her expression unreadable.
Alondra stood by watching, her expression pleased.
She looked too proper to be considered beautiful, and her expression was lofty.
"Who?" he asked, his expression quizzical.
Alex was looking down at her, his expression unreadable.
Alex had his professional expression on, but Dulce was pouting.
Señor Medena watched her leave, his expression reflective.
"Yes," his expression was reflective.
Even so, she caught Alex watching her with a strange expression several times.
For a moment he looked down at her, his expression somber.
Teacher is sad, and let her feel the grieved expression on my face.
She then moved her finger to the next line with an expression of eager interest.
The expression of the little girl's countenance showed that she was perplexed.
She had met with the expression Mother Nature in the course of her reading, and for a long time she was in the habit of ascribing to Mother Nature whatever she felt to be beyond the power of man to accomplish.
It would seem that Helen had learned and treasured the memory of this expression of the poet, and this morning in the snow-storm had found its application.
I hardly ever failed, when I rambled through the village, to see a row of such worthies, either sitting on a ladder sunning themselves, with their bodies inclined forward and their eyes glancing along the line this way and that, from time to time, with a voluptuous expression, or else leaning against a barn with their hands in their pockets, like caryatides, as if to prop it up.
Pierre took off his spectacles, which made his face seem different and the good-natured expression still more apparent, and gazed at his friend in amazement.
What was expressed by the whole of the count's plump figure, in Marya Dmitrievna found expression only in her more and more beaming face and quivering nose.
"I thought perhaps something had happened," she said with her unchanging stonily severe expression; and, sitting down opposite the prince, she prepared to listen.
This might have been taken as an expression of sorrow and devotion, or of weariness and hope of resting before long.
("Arnauts" was the Tsarevich's favorite expression when he was in a rage) and called for the company commander.
Suddenly his face assumed a subtle expression, he shrugged his shoulders with an air of perplexity.
But the bleached eyeball, the scar, and the familiar weariness of his expression were still the same.
The officer pointed with his hand to the smoke visible on the left beyond the river, and the same stern and serious expression that Pierre had noticed on many of the faces he had met came into his face.
Standing among the crowd of peasants, Pierre recognized several acquaintances among these notables, but did not look at them--his whole attention was absorbed in watching the serious expression on the faces of the crowd of soldiers and militiamen who were all gazing eagerly at the icon.
Alex was watching her, his expression unreadable.
The smile faded and his expression became ardent.
Felipa's brows drew together, her expression perplexed.
The remarkably adult yet innocent expression of their open and serene eyes is very memorable.
Seeing the self-confident and refined expression on the faces of those present he was always expecting to hear something very profound.
His tone suggested impatience, but his expression gave no clue as to why.
"Why, nothing," answered Pierre without raising his eyes or changing the thoughtful expression of his face.
At her surprised expression, he quirked a brow.
Imagine a world where everyone on the planet has access to this expanded canvas of human expression that technology has created.