It was the first money that he had ever had.
First it was the inheritance thing.
The first cars were called "horseless carriages."
The next morning she woke to the first ray of light through the window.
Maybe that was why he was the first to notice when she developed a fever.
Man wanted a home, a place of warmth, or comfort, first of warmth, then the warmth of the affections.
Still, it was her first car and one with memories packed into it.
First, many things in the physical world that we think of as scarce are not really scarce, just presently beyond our ability to capture.
With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception.
"I will give it to the one who first learns to read in it" she answered.
I came, I saw, I conquered, as the first baby in the family always does.
I wasn't the one who wanted to come here in the first place.
First: It is possible to eliminate diseases.
The first raindrop slammed into the window so hard that she instinctively recoiled.
"It isn't the first skunk I've seen around here," Carmen said, "but it's the first time I saw one acting like that.
What were you when you were first alive?
They still have the hand-operated machine from the 1940s that was used to make the first Legos, but it is of course now a museum piece.
We commonly do not remember that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking.
In 1736, Claudius Aymand performed the first successful appendectomy on an eleven-year-old boy.
A few impressions stand out vividly from the first years of my life; but "the shadows of the prison-house are on the rest."
Then she unbuttoned the first few buttons on his shirt and slipped her arms around his neck.
It was the first time she had even looked at it since the wreck.
Still, it was something she should have asked when he first offered her the job.
In the First World War, we learned to treat wounds by washing them with a germicide.
In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference.
First of all, dear friend, tell me how you are.
Yes. The first time I went to Oz I found you there, ruling the Emerald City.
The first one that passes the place where the Princess sits shall be named the winner.
He was the first great American painter.
The first is that we all value things differently, such as in our jelly bean example.
First, think of energy as the capacity to do work.
First, let's consider the macroeconomic impact of this change—the effect it will have on the net economic status of the planet.
First of all, it will keep you safe.
For the first time, it crossed Carmen's mind that he was kind of cute.
It wasn't the first time she had seen a bear track, but it was the first time she had seen one that fresh.
The first error is to assert that history unfolds in a basically linear fashion, that there is a fundamental continuity between the past, present, and future.
Because television was radio with pictures, the first television shows were simply men in suits standing in front of microphones reading the news.
As my professors told me the first day I started studying economics in college (and never tired of repeating), scarcity is the central underlying assumption of all economic theory.
In the first place, I tell you we have no right to question the Emperor about that, and secondly, if the Russian nobility had that right, the Emperor could not answer such a question.
First, notepaper--do you hear?
She vividly recalled the moment when he had his first stroke and was being dragged along by his armpits through the garden at Bald Hills, muttering something with his helpless tongue, twitching his gray eyebrows and looking uneasily and timidly at her.
And not the face she had known ever since she could remember and had always seen at a distance, but the timid, feeble face she had seen for the first time quite closely, with all its wrinkles and details, when she stooped near to his mouth to catch what he said.
"You're first!" cried Ilyin, flushed.
At the end of January, Princess gave birth to the first foal on the ranch that wasn't sired by Ed.
It was the first time she didn't blush.
Her mischievous blue eyes sought her father first and then her grandmother.
She moaned with her first breath.
"Those were the first words I ever said," called out the horse, who had overheard them, "and I can't explain why I happened to speak then.
"First time I ever saw a pink cat," said Zeb.
"We ought to have called him and Dorothy when we were first attacked," added Eureka.
The group of these queer creatures which was discovered clustered near the stairs at first remained staring and motionless, glaring with evil eyes at the intruders who had so suddenly appeared in their land.
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.
"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.
At first the piglet stuck in the neck of the vase and I thought I should get him, after all, but he wriggled himself through and fell down into the deep bottom part--and I suppose he's there yet.
"But why didn't you tell us at first?" she asked.
"It was in our country that the first men and women lived," they said.
Then another light flashed clear and bright by the side of the first one.
He, in turn, will watch and report the first one that he sees whisper.
First, Tommy Jones whispered to Billy Brown and was at once called out to stand on the floor.
She was very much ashamed and hurt, for it was the first time that she had ever been in disgrace at school.
Then he began with the first word on the first page and read the first story aloud without making one mistake.
At first his mother tried to answer all his questions.
This was one of their first lessons at home and at school.
Then he said to the first man, "Have you a son?"
We shall put you ashore on the first island that we see.
Such was the way in which the first true English poem was written.
And Caedmon, the poor cowherd of the abbey, was the first great poet of England.
Analysts declared each successive generation might be "the first to have a lower standard of living than their parents."
These features weren't on the site when it was first launched because the necessary data did not yet exist.
Two hundred years later, William Rutherford thought he had calculated it to 208 digits but only got the first 152 correct, so we will give him credit that far.
First, it will consider all your friends, people with whom you have actual intimate relationships, and it will look at where they go for Italian food.
Third: It is always the case that diseases are eliminated first in the healthy, well-developed, rich countries, then gradually around the world.
He predicts that within twenty years, the first person to live to one thousand will be born.
Returning to the three ways wealth is created: The first is by making things.
First, an individual example.
First, imagine all the jobs they could do inside us.
The first is empathy.
First, more people need them.
First, think of the concept of interest.
First, I would contend that the size of this problem is substantially smaller than many people would guess.
First, it would be tempting to assume the person hauling manure can only do that, and if that job disappeared he would have no useful skills.
It may seem intuitive at first glance, this idea that somehow there are only so many jobs and if you replace people with machines, people have fewer jobs.
But it is my belief that many more people will choose the first choice.
First, nutrition is a very primitive science.
If someone notices that she gets a headache when she eats MSG—or artichokes, or grasshoppers—that first-person, anecdotal experience will shape her nutritional philosophy.
First, it is only useful for factors that are immediately bad for you, not factors that will kill you in ten years.
First are the inefficiencies in the natural processes of agriculture.
In the first ten years of attempting to make better hybrids, Borlaug's group made more than six thousand crossings of wheat.
First, this future farm I describe is nothing like what I go out of my way to avoid today.
First, the technology can be abused and used irresponsibly, like pretty much every other technology in the world.
If the first order of genetic modification is deliberately keeping desirable mutations, then this is the second order: creating conditions for such genetic modifications to occur more rapidly.
We don't fault, at the first order, Native Americans or Norman Borlaug for cross-breeding better corn or wheat.
In 2005, rice became the first crop plant whose complete genome had been compiled.
Environmentalists should be the first people onboard the genetic modification bandwagon.
I want to spend some time talking about civilization, but first I want to recount the progress that we have made through civilization.
We have eliminated debtors prisons, developed the idea of "women and children first," stigmatized child labor, made accommodations for conscientious objectors, widely adopted freedom of speech and the press and freedom of assembly, and a hundred more.
We will see how this might come to pass—but first, let's ask whether it must.
When I first made this list, it had well over one hundred entries.
First, the web promotes access to information, a huge force for peace.
I have no doubt there are all kinds of things in the Twitterverse that I want to know about, but I only find the ones that I first knew to look for.
For instance, if you have a Facebook friend Abigail in Albania whom you only met once at a rock-paper-scissors competition years ago, you will generally regard Abigail's first-hand account as authoritative, even though you don't really know Abigail all that well.
Practically speaking, governments often act as if their first duty is to protect the government, not the people.
But first we must go further back, from Shakespeare at the end of the sixteenth century to Plato around 370 BC.
First, we will list the basics of my thesis about the future.
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.
But during the first nineteen months of my life I had caught glimpses of broad, green fields, a luminous sky, trees and flowers which the darkness that followed could not wholly blot out.
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.
She objected at first, but finally submitted.
His special pride was the big garden where, it was said, he raised the finest watermelons and strawberries in the county; and to me he brought the first ripe grapes and the choicest berries.
This was my first great sorrow--my first personal experience with death.
In despair she had dropped the subject for the time, only to renew it at the first opportunity.
As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly.
Then my eyes filled with tears; for I realized what I had done, and for the first time I felt repentance and sorrow.
At first, when my teacher told me about a new thing I asked very few questions.
I remember the morning that I first asked the meaning of the word, "love."
From the first I was not interested in the science of numbers.
It was my teacher's genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful.
The first Christmas after Miss Sullivan came to Tuscumbia was a great event.
Next morning it was I who waked the whole family with my first "Merry Christmas!"
While we were in Boston we visited Bunker Hill, and there I had my first lesson in history.
This was my first trip on the ocean and my first voyage in a steamboat.
I also remember the beach, where for the first time I played in the sand.
After I had recovered from my first experience in the water, I thought it great fun to sit on a big rock in my bathing-suit and feel wave after wave dash against the rock, sending up a shower of spray which quite covered me.
It was a great horseshoe crab--the first one I had ever seen.
After my first visit to Boston, I spent almost every winter in the North.
We rushed out-of-doors to feel the first few tiny flakes descending.
I shall never forget the surprise and delight I felt when I uttered my first connected sentence, "It is warm."
At first Mr. Anagnos, though deeply troubled, seemed to believe me.
This habit of assimilating what pleased me and giving it out again as my own appears in much of my early correspondence and my first attempts at writing.
I learned for the first time to know an author, to recognize his style as I recognize the clasp of a friend's hand.
At first I was rather unwilling to study Latin grammar.
Before the end of the first year I read "Wilhelm Tell" with the greatest delight.
My studies for the first year were English history, English literature, German, Latin, arithmetic, Latin composition and occasional themes.
At the Cambridge school, for the first time in my life, I enjoyed the companionship of seeing and hearing girls of my own age.
The first day I had German.
Mr. Gilman sat beside me and read the paper through first, then sentence by sentence, while I repeated the words aloud, to make sure that I understood him perfectly.
But during the first few weeks I was confronted with unforeseen difficulties.
At the beginning we had agreed that I should, if necessary, take five years to prepare for college, but at the end of the first year the success of my examinations showed Miss Sullivan, Miss Harbaugh (Mr.
Mr. Gilman at first agreed to this; but when my tasks had become somewhat perplexing, he insisted that I was overworked, and that I should remain at his school three years longer.
The first day I had Elementary Greek and Advanced Latin, and the second day Geometry, Algebra and Advanced Greek.
My studies the first year were French, German, history, English composition and English literature.
I read my first connected story in May, 1887, when I was seven years old, and from that day to this I have devoured everything in the shape of a printed page that has come within the reach of my hungry finger tips.
At first I had only a few books in raised print--"readers" for beginners, a collection of stories for children, and a book about the earth called "Our World."
It was during my first visit to Boston that I really began to read in good earnest.
But we did not begin the story until August; the first few weeks of my stay at the seashore were so full of discoveries and excitement that I forgot the very existence of books.
When she returned almost the first thing we did was to begin the story of "Little Lord Fauntleroy."
When her fingers were too tired to spell another word, I had for the first time a keen sense of my deprivations.
I read La Fontaine's "Fables" first in an English translation, and enjoyed them only after a half-hearted fashion.
I cannot tell exactly when I began Lamb's "Tales from Shakespeare"; but I know that I read them at first with a child's understanding and a child's wonder.
It seems strange that my first reading of Shakespeare should have left me so many unpleasant memories.
The bright, gentle, fanciful plays--the ones I like best now--appear not to have impressed me at first, perhaps because they reflected the habitual sunshine and gaiety of a child's life.
The first book that gave me any real sense of the value of history was Swinton's "World History," which I received on my thirteenth birthday.
The first time I saw him act was while at school in New York.
I remember well the first time I went to the theatre.
I remember well the first time I saw Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Most of them I met first in the house of my good friend, Mr. Laurence Hutton.
Three months and a half after the first word was spelled into her hand, she wrote in pencil this letter
This letter, written three months later, shows how well she remembered her first lesson in history.
During the summer Miss Sullivan was away from Helen for three months and a half, the first separation of teacher and pupil.
This, the first of Helen's letters to Dr. Holmes, written soon after a visit to him, he published in "Over the Teacups." [Atlantic Monthly, May, 1890]
This was the first home-going after she had learned to "talk with her mouth."
At first I was very sorry when I found that the sun had hidden his shining face behind dull clouds, but afterwards I thought why he did it, and then I was happy.
Yesterday I thought for the first time what a beautiful thing motion was, and it seemed to me that everything was trying to get near to God, does it seem that way to you?
I had the same feeling once before when I first stood by the great ocean and felt its waves beating against the shore.
On the first of October Miss Keller entered the Cambridge School for Young Ladies, of which Mr. Arthur Gilman is Principal.
This is the first opportunity I have had to write to you since we came here last Monday.
The first day I had Elementary Greek and Advanced Latin, and the second day Geometry, Algebra and Advanced Greek.
Then for the first time she had her whole manuscript under her finger at once.
Most that she knows at first hand comes from her sense of touch.
After the first year or two Dr. Howe did not teach Laura Bridgman himself, but gave her over to other teachers, who under his direction carried on the work of teaching her language.
When she first wrote from Tuscumbia to Mr. Michael Anagnos, Dr. Howes son-in-law and his successor as Director of the Perkins Institution, about her work with her pupil, the Boston papers began at once to publish exaggerated accounts of Helen Keller.
In December, 1887, appeared the first report of the Director of the Perkins Institution, which deals with Helen Keller.
This with the extracts from her letters, scattered through the report, is the first valid source of information about Helen Keller.
In a year after she first went to Helen Keller, Miss Sullivan found herself and her pupil the centre of a stupendous fiction.
So she consented to the publication of extracts from letters which she wrote during the first year of her work with her pupil.
The first letter is dated March 6, 1887, three days after her arrival in Tuscumbia.
My first question was, "Where is Helen?"
I shall go rather slowly at first and try to win her love.
I thought it a good opportunity to teach her her first word.
I made the first row of vertical lines and let her feel it and notice that there were several rows of little holes.
This time she put on the glass bead first and the two wooden ones next.
I took them off and showed her that the two wooden ones must go on first, then the glass bead.
She devoted herself to her dolls the first evening, and when it was bedtime she undressed very quietly, but when she felt me get into bed with her, she jumped out on the other side, and nothing that I could do would induce her to get in again.
The little savage has learned her first lesson in obedience, and finds the yoke easy.
Last night when I got in bed, she stole into my arms of her own accord and kissed me for the first time, and I thought my heart would burst, so full was it of joy.
BUT LONG BEFORE HE UTTERS HIS FIRST WORD, HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT IS SAID TO HIM.
When we first played this game two or three days ago, she showed no ingenuity at all in finding the object.
I used my little stock of beads, cards and straws at first because I didn't know what else to do; but the need for them is past, for the present at any rate.
This morning she used the conjunction AND for the first time.
I couldn't make out at first what it was all about.
My first thought was, one of the dogs has hurt Mildred; but Helen's beaming face set my fears at rest.
It is a rare privilege to watch the birth, growth, and first feeble struggles of a living mind; this privilege is mine; and moreover, it is given me to rouse and guide this bright intelligence.
The first evening she learned the names of all the people in the hotel, about twenty, I think.
It seems as if a child who could see and hear until her nineteenth month must retain some of her first impressions, though ever so faintly.
For the first lesson I had two balls, one made of worsted, large and soft, the other a bullet.
She helped me wind some worsted one day, first rapidly and afterward slowly.
Next I turned to the first page of the primer and made her touch the word CAT, spelling it on my fingers at the same time.
The circus people were much interested in Helen, and did everything they could to make her first circus a memorable event.
It was the first Christmas tree she had ever seen, and she was puzzled, and asked many questions.
It was the first snow I had seen here, and it made me a little homesick.
It was touching and beautiful to see Helen enjoy her first Christmas.
It was nothing but excitement from first to last--drives, luncheons, receptions, and all that they involve when you have an eager, tireless child like Helen on your hands.
She seemed to think at first that the children all belonged to the visiting ministers; but soon she recognized some little friends among them, and I told her the ministers didn't bring their children with them.
I was incredulous when he first told me the secret.
This was the first time that she had heard the word.
Naturally, there was at first a strong tendency on her part to use only the important words in a sentence.
It was the first two years that counted.
This morning Helen was reading for the first time Bryant's poem, "Oh, mother of a mighty race!"
I remember distinctly when she first attempted to read a little story.
Where did He get the soil, and the water, and the seeds, and the first animals?
The narrative affected her greatly when first she listened to it.
When asked if she would not like to live ALWAYS in a beautiful country called heaven, her first question was, "Where is heaven?"
A moment after she said, "Will you please go first and tell me all about it?" and then she added, "Tuscumbia is a very beautiful little town."
At first, the words, phrases and sentences which she used in expressing her thoughts were all reproductions of what we had used in conversation with her, and which her memory had unconsciously retained.
At first my little pupil's mind was all but vacant.
During the first two years of her intellectual life, I required Helen to write very little.
Let us lead them during the first years to find their greatest pleasure in Nature.
In the same way she played with Latin, learning not only from the lessons her first Latin teacher gave her, but from going over and over the words of a text, a game she played by herself.
In the first place she had nineteen months' experience of sight and sound.
And finally all the conditions were good for that first nature school, in which the teacher and pupil played together, exploring together and educating themselves, pupil and teacher inseparable.
From the first she was not content to be drilled in single sounds, but was impatient to pronounce words and sentences.
Teachers of the deaf often express surprise that Helen's speech is so good when she has not received any regular instruction in speech since the first few lessons given her by Miss Fuller.
Her pronunciation of this gradually became indistinct, and when I first knew her it was nothing more than a peculiar noise.
It will be seen that they contain three vowel and six consonant elements, and these formed the foundation for her first real lesson in speaking.
Of course, it was not easy at first to fly.
After the first year or so of elementary work she met her pupil on equal terms, and they read and enjoyed good books together.
For it was Dr. Bell who first saw the principles that underlie Miss Sullivan's method, and explained the process by which Helen Keller absorbed language from books.
Language was her liberator, and from the first she cherished it.
Miss Keller has given her account of it, and the whole matter was discussed in the first Volta Bureau Souvenir from which I quote at length:
She has since secured and forwarded to me a copy of the first edition.
I will tell you how King Frost first thought of this kind work, for it is a strange story.
King Frost frowned and looked very angry at first, and his fairies trembled for fear and cowered still lower in their hiding-places; but just then two little children came dancing through the wood, and though they did not see King Frost or the fairies, they saw the beautiful colour of the leaves, and laughed with delight, and began picking great bunches to take to their mother.
But, children, you must make King Frost a visit the very first opportunity you have, and see for yourselves this wonderful palace.
At first King Frost was very angry, and the fairies trembled and crouched lower in their hiding-places, and I do not know what might have happened to them if just then a party of boys and girls had not entered the wood.
I first tried to ascertain what had suggested to Helen's mind the particular fancies which made her story seem like a reproduction of one written by Miss Margaret Canby.
I was never still during the first glad days of my freedom.
This book, her first mature experiment in writing, settles the question of her ability to write.
This was my first real experience in college life, and a delightful experience it was!
For the first time since my entrance into Radcliffe I had the opportunity to make friends with all my classmates...
I rode a fiery hunter--I can feel the impatient toss of his head now and the quiver that ran through him at the first roar of the cannon.
Consider first how slight a shelter is absolutely necessary.
I walked about the outside, at first unobserved from within, the window was so deep and high.
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.
This spending of the best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it reminds me of the Englishman who went to India to make a fortune first, in order that he might return to England and live the life of a poet.
My farm outgoes for the first season were, for implements, seed, work, etc., $14.72-1/2.
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.
Throw away the first three at least.
They would part at the first interesting crisis in their adventures.
If, then, we would indeed restore mankind by truly Indian, botanic, magnetic, or natural means, let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our own brows, and take up a little life into our pores.
I think I shall not buy greedily, but go round and round it as long as I live, and be buried in it first, that it may please me the more at last.
I know not the first letter of the alphabet.
Incessant labor with my hands, at first, for I had my house to finish and my beans to hoe at the same time, made more study impossible.
But when the several nations of Europe had acquired distinct though rude written languages of their own, sufficient for the purposes of their rising literatures, then first learning revived, and scholars were enabled to discern from that remoteness the treasures of antiquity.
We should be as good as the worthies of antiquity, but partly by first knowing how good they were.
I did not read books the first summer; I hoed beans.
The sumach (Rhus glabra) grew luxuriantly about the house, pushing up through the embankment which I had made, and growing five or six feet the first season.
Here goes lumber from the Maine woods, which did not go out to sea in the last freshet, risen four dollars on the thousand because of what did go out or was split up; pine, spruce, cedar--first, second, third, and fourth qualities, so lately all of one quality, to wave over the bear, and moose, and caribou.
At evening, the distant lowing of some cow in the horizon beyond the woods sounded sweet and melodious, and at first I would mistake it for the voices of certain minstrels by whom I was sometimes serenaded, who might be straying over hill and dale; but soon I was not unpleasantly disappointed when it was prolonged into the cheap and natural music of the cow.
Frequently he would leave his dinner in the bushes, when his dog had caught a woodchuck by the way, and go back a mile and a half to dress it and leave it in the cellar of the house where he boarded, after deliberating first for half an hour whether he could not sink it in the pond safely till nightfall--loving to dwell long upon these themes.
He would sometimes ask me first on such occasions, if I had made any improvement.
I did not know at first but it was the result of a wise policy.
This is the result of my experience in raising beans: Plant the common small white bush bean about the first of June, in rows three feet by eighteen inches apart, being careful to select fresh round and unmixed seed.
First look out for worms, and supply vacancies by planting anew.
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.
The first depends more on the light, and follows the sky.
This is that portion, also, where in the spring, the ice being warmed by the heat of the sun reflected from the bottom, and also transmitted through the earth, melts first and forms a narrow canal about the still frozen middle.
It is a gem of the first water which Concord wears in her coronet.
Yet perchance the first who came to this well have left some trace of their footsteps.
When I first paddled a boat on Walden, it was completely surrounded by thick and lofty pine and oak woods, and in some of its coves grape-vines had run over the trees next the water and formed bowers under which a boat could pass.
Though the woodchoppers have laid bare first this shore and then that, and the Irish have built their sties by it, and the railroad has infringed on its border, and the ice-men have skimmed it once, it is itself unchanged, the same water which my youthful eyes fell on; all the change is in me.
I have actually fished from the same kind of necessity that the first fishers did.
It is a faint intimation, yet so are the first streaks of morning.
Already, by the first of September, I had seen two or three small maples turned scarlet across the pond, beneath where the white stems of three aspens diverged, at the point of a promontory, next the water.
I now first began to inhabit my house, I may say, when I began to use it for warmth as well as shelter.
At first we thought to throw a frog-pond on to it; but concluded to let it burn, it was so far gone and so worthless.
Little did the dusky children think that the puny slip with its two eyes only, which they stuck in the ground in the shadow of the house and daily watered, would root itself so, and outlive them, and house itself in the rear that shaded it, and grown man's garden and orchard, and tell their story faintly to the lone wanderer a half-century after they had grown up and died--blossoming as fair, and smelling as sweet, as in that first spring.
Again, perhaps, Nature will try, with me for a first settler, and my house raised last spring to be the oldest in the hamlet.
One of the last of the philosophers--Connecticut gave him to the world--he peddled first her wares, afterwards, as he declares, his brains.
They were manifestly thieves, and I had not much respect for them; but the squirrels, though at first shy, went to work as if they were taking what was their own.
First I take an axe and pail and go in search of water, if that be not a dream.
It commonly opens about the first of April, a week or ten days later than Flint's Pond and Fair Haven, beginning to melt on the north side and in the shallower parts where it began to freeze.
In 1845 Walden was first completely open on the 1st of April; in '46, the 25th of March; in '47, the 8th of April; in '51, the 28th of March; in '52, the 18th of April; in '53, the 23d of March; in '54, about the 7th of April.
The first sparrow of spring!
The marsh hawk, sailing low over the meadow, is already seeking the first slimy life that awakes.
I heard a robin in the distance, the first I had heard for many a thousand years, methought, whose note I shall not forget for many a thousand more--the same sweet and powerful song as of yore.
So I came in, and shut the door, and passed my first spring night in the woods.
The Golden Age was first created, which without any avenger Spontaneously without law cherished fidelity and rectitude.
On the third or fourth of May I saw a loon in the pond, and during the first week of the month I heard the whip-poor-will, the brown thrasher, the veery, the wood pewee, the chewink, and other birds.
Thus was my first year's life in the woods completed; and the second year was similar to it.
"Tell the tailors," said he, "to remember to make a knot in their thread before they take the first stitch."
Every one has heard the story which has gone the rounds of New England, of a strong and beautiful bug which came out of the dry leaf of an old table of apple-tree wood, which had stood in a farmer's kitchen for sixty years, first in Connecticut, and afterward in Massachusetts--from an egg deposited in the living tree many years earlier still, as appeared by counting the annual layers beyond it; which was heard gnawing out for several weeks, hatched perchance by the heat of an urn.
I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.
If I devote myself to other pursuits and contemplations, I must first see, at least, that I do not pursue them sitting upon another man's shoulders.
I must get off him first, that he may pursue his contemplations too.
After the first blush of sin comes its indifference; and from immoral it becomes, as it were, unmoral, and not quite unnecessary to that life which we have made.
My neighbors did not thus salute me, but first looked at me, and then at one another, as if I had returned from a long journey.
She rose with the same unchanging smile with which she had first entered the room--the smile of a perfectly beautiful woman.
In the first moment of Pierre's outburst Anna Pavlovna, despite her social experience, was horror-struck.
The vicomte who was meeting him for the first time saw clearly that this young Jacobin was not so terrible as his words suggested.
Pierre reaching the house first went into Prince Andrew's study like one quite at home, and from habit immediately lay down on the sofa, took from the shelf the first book that came to his hand (it was Caesar's Commentaries), and resting on his elbow, began reading it in the middle.
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.
You are the first and only one to whom I mention this, because I like you.
Pierre threw off his cloak and entered the first room, in which were the remains of supper.
First of all you must drink!
He waited for the first pause in the conversation, and then with a distressed face left the room to find Sonya.
Natasha checked her first impulse to run out to her, and remained in her hiding place, watching--as under an invisible cap--to see what went on in the world.
Sonya was sitting close to Nicholas who was copying out some verses for her, the first he had ever written.
Boris knew nothing about the Boulogne expedition; he did not read the papers and it was the first time he had heard Villeneuve's name.
Pierre had come just at dinnertime and was sitting awkwardly in the middle of the drawing room on the first chair he had come across, blocking the way for everyone.
Natasha, who sat opposite, was looking at Boris as girls of thirteen look at the boy they are in love with and have just kissed for the first time.
There's Uncle Shinshin's brother has married his first cousin.
First came Marya Dmitrievna and the count, both with merry countenances.
He drew himself up, a smile of debonair gallantry lit up his face and as soon as the last figure of the ecossaise was ended, he clapped his hands to the musicians and shouted up to their gallery, addressing the first violin:
The princess, holding her little dog on her lap with her thin bony hands, looked attentively into Prince Vasili's eyes evidently resolved not to be the first to break silence, if she had to wait till morning.
The first door on the left led into the princesses' apartments.
Anna Mikhaylovna looked attentively at the sick man's eyes, trying to guess what he wanted; she pointed first to Pierre, then to some drink, then named Prince Vasili in an inquiring whisper, then pointed to the quilt.
Prince Andrew, seeing that his father insisted, began--at first reluctantly, but gradually with more and more animation, and from habit changing unconsciously from Russian to French as he went on--to explain the plan of operation for the coming campaign.
Princess Mary was first surprised and then aghast at this question.
At first Kutuzov stood still while the regiment moved; then he and the general in white, accompanied by the suite, walked between the ranks.
I am the first to apologize, you know me!
Well, that's only till the first engagement.
Involuntarily he felt a joyful agitation at the thought of the humiliation of arrogant Austria and that in a week's time he might, perhaps, see and take part in the first Russian encounter with the French since Suvorov met them.
He bowed his head and scraped first with one foot and then with the other, awkwardly, like a child at a dancing lesson.
We are childwen of the dust... but one falls in love and one is a God, one is pua' as on the first day of cweation...
Rostov, growing red and pale alternately, looked first at one officer and then at the other.
On the French side, amid the groups with cannon, a cloud of smoke appeared, then a second and a third almost simultaneously, and at the moment when the first report was heard a fourth was seen.
No one had taken any notice, for everyone knew the sensation which the cadet under fire for the first time had experienced.
On the twenty-eighth of October Kutuzov with his army crossed to the left bank of the Danube and took up a position for the first time with the river between himself and the main body of the French.
In this action for the first time trophies were taken: banners, cannon, and two enemy generals.
For the first time, after a fortnight's retreat, the Russian troops had halted and after a fight had not only held the field but had repulsed the French.
Recalling his recent impressions, the first thought that came into his mind was that today he had to be presented to the Emperor Francis; he remembered the Minister of War, the polite Austrian adjutant, Bilibin, and last night's conversation.
"This is a mob of scoundrels and not an army," he was thinking as he went up to the window of the first house, when a familiar voice called him by name.
Bonaparte himself, not trusting to his generals, moved with all the Guards to the field of battle, afraid of letting a ready victim escape, and Bagration's four thousand men merrily lighted campfires, dried and warmed themselves, cooked their porridge for the first time for three days, and not one of them knew or imagined what was in store for him.
His idea was, first, to concentrate all the artillery in the center, and secondly, to withdraw the cavalry to the other side of the dip.
"Yes, one is afraid," continued the first speaker, he of the familiar voice.
The smoke of the first shot had not yet dispersed before another puff appeared, followed by a report.
But at the moment the first report was heard, Bagration looked round and shouted, "Hurrah!"
The French had fallen behind, and just as he looked round the first man changed his run to a walk and, turning, shouted something loudly to a comrade farther back.
Dolokhov, running beside Timokhin, killed a Frenchman at close quarters and was the first to seize the surrendering French officer by his collar.
It seemed to him that it was a very long time ago, almost a day, since he had first seen the enemy and fired the first shot, and that the corner of the field he stood on was well-known and familiar ground.
The first thing he saw on riding up to the space where Tushin's guns were stationed was an unharnessed horse with a broken leg, that lay screaming piteously beside the harnessed horses.
When I saw, your excellency, that their first battalion was disorganized, I stopped in the road and thought: 'I'll let them come on and will meet them with the fire of the whole battalion'--and that's what I did.
But when he came across a man of position his instinct immediately told him that this man could be useful, and without any premeditation Prince Vasili took the first opportunity to gain his confidence, flatter him, become intimate with him, and finally make his request.
When he read that sentence, Pierre felt for the first time that some link which other people recognized had grown up between himself and Helene, and that thought both alarmed him, as if some obligation were being imposed on him which he could not fulfill, and pleased him as an entertaining supposition.
Prince Vasili approached first, and she kissed the bold forehead that bent over her hand and answered his question by saying that, on the contrary, she remembered him quite well.
The first man that turns up--she forgets her father and everything else, runs upstairs and does up her hair and wags her tail and is unlike herself!
Natasha, seeing the impression the news of her brother's wound produced on Sonya, felt for the first time the sorrowful side of the news.
At first he heard the sound of indifferent voices, then Anna Mikhaylovna's voice alone in a long speech, then a cry, then silence, then both voices together with glad intonations, and then footsteps.
How strange, how extraordinary, how joyful it seemed, that her son, the scarcely perceptible motion of whose tiny limbs she had felt twenty years ago within her, that son about whom she used to have quarrels with the too indulgent count, that son who had first learned to say "pear" and then "granny," that this son should now be away in a foreign land amid strange surroundings, a manly warrior doing some kind of man's work of his own, without help or guidance.
They had not met for nearly half a year and, being at the age when young men take their first steps on life's road, each saw immense changes in the other, quite a new reflection of the society in which they had taken those first steps.
The Emperors rode up to the flank, and the trumpets of the first cavalry regiment played the general march.
He gave the words of greeting, and the first regiment roared "Hurrah!" so deafeningly, continuously, and joyfully that the men themselves were awed by their multitude and the immensity of the power they constituted.
But it was the first time he had heard Weyrother's name, or even the term "dispositions."
Rostov saw the Cossacks and then the first and second squadrons of hussars and infantry battalions and artillery pass by and go forward and then Generals Bagration and Dolgorukov ride past with their adjutants.
He was breathless with agitation, his face was red, and when he heard some French spoken he at once began speaking to the officers, addressing first one, then another.
The concentrated activity which had begun at the Emperor's headquarters in the morning and had started the whole movement that followed was like the first movement of the main wheel of a large tower clock.
If at first the members of the council thought that Kutuzov was pretending to sleep, the sounds his nose emitted during the reading that followed proved that the commander-in-chief at that moment was absorbed by a far more serious matter than a desire to show his contempt for the dispositions or anything else--he was engaged in satisfying the irresistible human need for sleep.
And suddenly, at this thought of death, a whole series of most distant, most intimate, memories rose in his imagination: he remembered his last parting from his father and his wife; he remembered the days when he first loved her.
Tomorrow perhaps, even certainly, I have a presentiment that for the first time I shall have to show all I can do.
May I ask to be attached to the first squadron?
In front in the fog a shot was heard and then another, at first irregularly at varying intervals--trata... tat--and then more and more regularly and rapidly, and the action at the Goldbach Stream began.
In this way the action began for the first, second, and third columns, which had gone down into the valley.
"Lads, it's not the first village you've had to take," cried he.
Having passed the Guards and traversed an empty space, Rostov, to avoid again getting in front of the first line as he had done when the Horse Guards charged, followed the line of reserves, going far round the place where the hottest musket fire and cannonade were heard.
"Where is it, that lofty sky that I did not know till now, but saw today?" was his first thought.
The first words he heard on coming to his senses were those of a French convoy officer, who said rapidly: "We must halt here: the Emperor will pass here immediately; it will please him to see these gentlemen prisoners."
They say this one is the commander of all the Emperor Alexander's Guards, said the first one, indicating a Russian officer in the white uniform of the Horse Guards.
Rostov felt that, under the influence of the warm rays of love, that childlike smile which had not once appeared on his face since he left home now for the first time after eighteen months again brightened his soul and his face.
The committeemen met him at the first door and, expressing their delight at seeing such a highly honored guest, took possession of him as it were, without waiting for his reply, surrounded him, and led him to the drawing room.
It was at first impossible to enter the drawing-room door for the crowd of members and guests jostling one another and trying to get a good look at Bagration over each other's shoulders, as if he were some rare animal.
Rostov looked inimically at Pierre, first because Pierre appeared to his hussar eyes as a rich civilian, the husband of a beauty, and in a word--an old woman; and secondly because Pierre in his preoccupation and absent-mindedness had not recognized Rostov and had not responded to his greeting.
Denisov first went to the barrier and announced: As the adve'sawies have wefused a weconciliation, please pwoceed.
"Plea..." began Dolokhov, but could not at first pronounce the word.
The gazettes from which the old prince first heard of the defeat at Austerlitz stated, as usual very briefly and vaguely, that after brilliant engagements the Russians had had to retreat and had made their withdrawal in perfect order.
"What have they taken a baby in there for?" thought Prince Andrew in the first second.
The first half of the winter of 1806, which Nicholas Rostov spent in Moscow, was one of the happiest, merriest times for him and the whole family.
This was the first time since his return that they had talked alone and about their love.
There was the fact that only those came who wished to dance and amuse themselves as girls of thirteen and fourteen do who are wearing long dresses for the first time.
Natasha no less proud of her first long dress and of being at a real ball was even happier.
Denisov sat down by the old ladies and, leaning on his saber and beating time with his foot, told them something funny and kept them amused, while he watched the young people dancing, Iogel with Natasha, his pride and his best pupil, were the first couple.
Noiselessly, skillfully stepping with his little feet in low shoes, Iogel flew first across the hall with Natasha, who, though shy, went on carefully executing her steps.
First he spun her round, holding her now with his left, now with his right hand, then falling on one knee he twirled her round him, and again jumping up, dashed so impetuously forward that it seemed as if he would rush through the whole suite of rooms without drawing breath, and then he suddenly stopped and performed some new and unexpected steps.
Rostov sat down by his side and at first did not play.
The seven he needed was lying uppermost, the first card in the pack.
Sonya struck the first chord of the prelude.
Natasha took the first note, her throat swelled, her chest rose, her eyes became serious.
At that moment she was oblivious of her surroundings, and from her smiling lips flowed sounds which anyone may produce at the same intervals and hold for the same time, but which leave you cold a thousand times and the thousand and first time thrill you and make you weep.
Natasha, that winter, had for the first time begun to sing seriously, mainly because Denisov so delighted in her singing.
"Ah, it can't be avoided!" thought Nicholas, for the first and last time.
"Vasili Dmitrich, I thank you for the honor," she said, with an embarrassed voice, though it sounded severe to Denisov--"but my daughter is so young, and I thought that, as my son's friend, you would have addressed yourself first to me.
After reading the first words of the Gospel: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God," Pierre went round the table and saw a large open box filled with something.
"He must first receive the trowel," whispered one of the brothers.
As to the first pair of gloves, a man's, he said that Pierre could not know their meaning but must keep them.
The Prussian generals pride themselves on being polite to the French and lay down their arms at the first demand.
On the 4th, the first courier arrives from Petersburg.
This is the first act.
But at the critical moment the courier who carried the news of our victory at Pultusk to Petersburg returns bringing our appointment as commander-in-chief, and our first foe, Buxhowden, is vanquished; we can now turn our thoughts to the second, Bonaparte.
At first Prince Andrew read with his eyes only, but after a while, in spite of himself (although he knew how far it was safe to trust Bilibin), what he had read began to interest him more and more.
Prince Andrew was the first to move away, ruffling his hair against the muslin of the curtain.
So the first task Pierre had to face was one for which he had very little aptitude or inclination--practical business.
At last the conversation gradually settled on some of the topics at first lightly touched on: their past life, plans for the future, Pierre's journeys and occupations, the war, and so on.
"What does harm to another is wrong," said Pierre, feeling with pleasure that for the first time since his arrival Prince Andrew was roused, had begun to talk, and wanted to express what had brought him to his present state.
After exchanging the first greetings, they sat down.
When returning from his leave, Rostov felt, for the first time, how close was the bond that united him to Denisov and the whole regiment.
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 first person Rostov met in the officers' ward was a thin little man with one arm, who was walking about the first room in a nightcap and hospital dressing gown, with a pipe between his teeth.
An expression of annoyance showed itself for a moment on his face on first recognizing Rostov.
But Rostov had noticed his first impulse.
When he and Boris were alone, Rostov felt for the first time that he could not look Boris in the face without a sense of awkwardness.
"A good figure and in her first bloom," he was saying, but on seeing Rostov, he stopped short and frowned.
"Lazarev!" the colonel called, with a frown, and Lazarev, the first soldier in the rank, stepped briskly forward.
On one of his estates the three hundred serfs were liberated and became free agricultural laborers--this being one of the first examples of the kind in Russia.
Warmed by the spring sunshine he sat in the caleche looking at the new grass, the first leaves on the birches, and the first puffs of white spring clouds floating across the clear blue sky.
The birches with their sticky green leaves were motionless, and lilac-colored flowers and the first blades of green grass were pushing up and lifting last year's leaves.
His room was on the first floor.
"You go to sleep, but I can't," said the first voice, coming nearer to the window.
Sonya! he again heard the first speaker.
The reforming party cordially welcomed and courted him, in the first place because he was reputed to be clever and very well read, and secondly because by liberating his serfs he had obtained the reputation of being a liberal.
During the first weeks of his stay in Petersburg Prince Andrew felt the whole trend of thought he had formed during his life of seclusion quite overshadowed by the trifling cares that engrossed him in that city.
As he had done on their first meeting at Kochubey's, Speranski produced a strong impression on Prince Andrew on the Wednesday, when he received him tÃªte-Ã -tÃªte at his own house and talked to him long and confidentially.
This first long conversation with Speranski only strengthened in Prince Andrew the feeling he had experienced toward him at their first meeting.
During the first period of their acquaintance Bolkonski felt a passionate admiration for him similar to that which he had once felt for Bonaparte.
At that meeting he was struck for the first time by the endless variety of men's minds, which prevents a truth from ever presenting itself identically to two persons.
His coming vexed me from the first, and I said something disagreeable to him.
Berg's proposal was at first received with a perplexity that was not flattering to him.
After the first feeling of perplexity aroused in the parents by Berg's proposal, the holiday tone of joyousness usual at such times took possession of the family, but the rejoicing was external and insincere.
The count was so disconcerted by this long-foreseen inquiry that without consideration he gave the first reply that came into his head.
Natasha was going to her first grand ball.
Looking at her she may have recalled the golden, irrecoverable days of her own girlhood and her own first ball.
He walked in rapidly, bowing to right and left as if anxious to get the first moments of the reception over.
She was not concerned about the Emperor or any of those great people whom Peronskaya was pointing out--she had but one thought: Is it possible no one will ask me, that I shall not be among the first to dance?
Natasha gazed at them and was ready to cry because it was not she who was dancing that first turn of the waltz.
Baron Firhoff was talking to him about the first sitting of the Council of State to be held next day.
"If she goes to her cousin first and then to another lady, she will be my wife," said Prince Andrew to himself quite to his own surprise, as he watched her.
She did go first to her cousin.
At that ball Pierre for the first time felt humiliated by the position his wife occupied in court circles.
Natasha was one of the first to meet him.
And for the first time for a very long while he began making happy plans for the future.
See how I managed from my first promotion.
It seemed to Natasha that even at the time she first saw Prince Andrew at Otradnoe she had fallen in love with him.
In the first place the marriage was not a brilliant one as regards birth, wealth, or rank.
The countess began to soothe Natasha, who after first listening to her mother's words, suddenly interrupted her:
When she had finished her first exercise she stood still in the middle of the room and sang a musical phrase that particularly pleased her.
I have loved you from the very first moment I saw you.
"You know that from the very day you first came to Otradnoe I have loved you," she cried, quite convinced that she spoke the truth.
At first the family felt some constraint in intercourse with Prince Andrew; he seemed a man from another world, and for a long time Natasha trained the family to get used to him, proudly assuring them all that he only appeared to be different, but was really just like all of them, and that she was not afraid of him and no one else ought to be.
The first death I saw, and one I shall never forget--that of my dear sister-in-law--left that impression on me.
I do not think my brother will ever marry again, and certainly not her; and this is why: first, I know that though he rarely speaks about the wife he has lost, the grief of that loss has gone too deep in his heart for him ever to decide to give her a successor and our little angel a stepmother.
The Bible legend tells us that the absence of labor--idleness--was a condition of the first man's blessedness before the Fall.
After reaching home Nicholas was at first serious and even dull.
The village elder, a peasant delegate, and the village clerk, who were waiting in the passage, heard with fear and delight first the young count's voice roaring and snapping and rising louder and louder, and then words of abuse, dreadful words, ejaculated one after the other.
"In the first place, Trunila is not a 'dog,' but a harrier," thought Nicholas, and looked sternly at his sister, trying to make her feel the distance that ought to separate them at that moment.
After the cry of the hounds came the deep tones of the wolf call from Daniel's hunting horn; the pack joined the first three hounds and they could be heard in full cry, with that peculiar lift in the note that indicates that they are after a wolf.
At the same instant, with a cry like a wail, first one hound, then another, and then another, sprang helter-skelter from the wood opposite and the whole pack rushed across the field toward the very spot where the wolf had disappeared.
The first to come into view was Milka, with her black markings and powerful quarters, gaining upon the wolf.
"Take this, little Lady-Countess!" she kept saying, as she offered Natasha first one thing and then another.
After a casual pause, such as often occurs when receiving friends for the first time in one's own house, "Uncle," answering a thought that was in his visitors' minds, said:
Well, you see, first I thought that Rugay, the red hound, was like Uncle, and that if he were a man he would always keep Uncle near him, if not for his riding, then for his manner.
Yes, first I thought that we are driving along and imagining that we are going home, but that heaven knows where we are really going in the darkness, and that we shall arrive and suddenly find that we are not in Otradnoe, but in Fairyland.
She only really took part when they recalled Sonya's first arrival.
The mummers (some of the house serfs) dressed up as bears, Turks, innkeepers, and ladies--frightening and funny--bringing in with them the cold from outside and a feeling of gaiety, crowded, at first timidly, into the anteroom, then hiding behind one another they pushed into the ballroom where, shyly at first and then more and more merrily and heartily, they started singing, dancing, and playing Christmas games.
At first they drove at a steady trot along the narrow road.
Nicholas overtook the first sleigh.
And shouting to his horses, he began to pass the first sleigh.
At first there was nothing, then I saw him lying down.
Nicholas, for the first time, felt that his mother was displeased with him and that, despite her love for him, she would not give way.
He first implored her to forgive him and Sonya and consent to their marriage, then he threatened that if she molested Sonya he would at once marry her secretly.
Natasha, who had borne the first period of separation from her betrothed lightly and even cheerfully, now grew more agitated and impatient every day.
The idea that at the first moment of receiving the news of his son's intentions had occurred to him in jest--that if Andrew got married he himself would marry Bourienne--had evidently pleased him, and latterly he had persistently, and as it seemed to Princess Mary merely to offend her, shown special endearments to the companion and expressed his dissatisfaction with his daughter by demonstrations of love of Bourienne.
She is the first person in this house; she's my best friend, cried the prince.
"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.
At first she heard only Metivier's voice, then her father's, then both voices began speaking at the same time, the door was flung open, and on the threshold appeared the handsome figure of the terrified Metivier with his shock of black hair, and the prince in his dressing gown and fez, his face distorted with fury and the pupils of his eyes rolled downwards.
I only wish I could spare my brother the first moments.
As for them"--and she pointed to the girls--"tomorrow I'll take them first to the Iberian shrine of the Mother of God, and then we'll drive to the Super-Rogue's.
The first person who came to meet the visitors was Mademoiselle Bourienne.
From the first glance Princess Mary did not like Natasha.
Mademoiselle Bourienne was the first to recover herself after this apparition and began speaking about the prince's indisposition.
The count got out helped by the footmen, and, passing among men and women who were entering and the program sellers, they all three went along the corridor to the first row of boxes.
She knew what it was all meant to represent, but it was so pretentiously false and unnatural that she first felt ashamed for the actors and then amused at them.
Then he took his place in the first row of the stalls and sat down beside Dolokhov, nudging with his elbow in a friendly and offhand way that Dolokhov whom others treated so fawningly.
The first act was over.
At first I did not like it much, because what makes a town pleasant ce sont les jolies femmes, * isn't that so?
Pierre received him unwillingly at first, but got used to him after a while, sometimes even accompanied him on his carousals, and gave him money under the guise of loans.
"She's first-rate, my dear fellow, but not for us," replied Dolokhov.
She suffered more now than during her first days in Moscow.
Evidently this question presented itself to her mind for the first time and she did not know how to answer it.
When they got home Natasha was the first to begin the explanation Sonya expected.
Shut the door; we have first to sit down.
Why, she'll rush out more dead than alive just in the things she is wearing; if you delay at all there'll be tears and 'Papa' and 'Mamma,' and she's frozen in a minute and must go back--but you wrap the fur cloak round her first thing and carry her to the sleigh.
"First, the letters," said he, as if repeating a lesson to himself.
For the first time for many days Natasha wept tears of gratitude and tenderness, and glancing at Pierre she went out of the room.
Boris was thus the first to learn the news that the French army had crossed the Niemen and, thanks to this, was able to show certain important personages that much that was concealed from others was usually known to him, and by this means he rose higher in their estimation.
On first receiving the news, under the influence of indignation and resentment the Emperor had found a phrase that pleased him, fully expressed his feelings, and has since become famous.
But who first joined his army?
Barclay is said to be the most capable of them all, but I cannot say so, judging by his first movements.
Not only could he no longer think the thoughts that had first come to him as he lay gazing at the sky on the field of Austerlitz and had later enlarged upon with Pierre, and which had filled his solitude at Bogucharovo and then in Switzerland and Rome, but he even dreaded to recall them and the bright and boundless horizons they had revealed.
The old man at first stared fixedly at his son, and an unnatural smile disclosed the fresh gap between his teeth to which Prince Andrew could not get accustomed.
He sought in himself either remorse for having angered his father or regret at leaving home for the first time in his life on bad terms with him, and was horrified to find neither.
The first army, with which was the Emperor, occupied the fortified camp at Drissa; the second army was retreating, trying to effect a junction with the first one from which it was said to be cut off by large French forces.
First, the army under Barclay de Tolly, secondly, the army under Bagration, and thirdly, the one commanded by Tormasov.
The Emperor was with the first army, but not as commander-in-chief.
The second party was directly opposed to the first; one extreme, as always happens, was met by representatives of the other.
Chernyshev was sitting at a window in the first room with a French novel in his hand.
Through the first door came the sound of voices conversing in German and occasionally in French.
At first sight, Pfuel, in his ill-made uniform of a Russian general, which fitted him badly like a fancy costume, seemed familiar to Prince Andrew, though he saw him now for the first time.
The first to speak was General Armfeldt who, to meet the difficulty that presented itself, unexpectedly proposed a perfectly new position away from the Petersburg and Moscow roads.
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.
Rostov remembered Sventsyani, because on the first day of their arrival at that small town he changed his sergeant major and was unable to manage all the drunken men of his squadron who, unknown to him, had appropriated five barrels of old beer.
On the thirteenth of July the Pavlograds took part in a serious action for the first time.
When they prayed for those who love us, she prayed for the members of her own family, her father and mother and Sonya, realizing for the first time how wrongly she had acted toward them, and feeling all the strength of her love for them.
The French alphabet, written out with the same numerical values as the Hebrew, in which the first nine letters denote units and the others tens, will have the following significance:
The first person he saw in the house was Natasha.
After standing some time in the gateway, Petya tried to move forward in front of the others without waiting for all the carriages to pass, and he began resolutely working his way with his elbows, but the woman just in front of him, who was the first against whom he directed his efforts, angrily shouted at him:
In the first were the nobility and gentry in their uniforms, in the second bearded merchants in full-skirted coats of blue cloth and wearing medals.
The Emperor was with the army to encourage it, but his presence and ignorance of what steps to take, and the enormous number of advisers and plans, destroyed the first army's energy and it retired.
In his first letter which came soon after he had left home, Prince Andrew had dutifully asked his father's forgiveness for what he had allowed himself to say and begged to be restored to his favor.
He recalled all the words spoken at that first meeting with Potemkin.
At first the noise of the falling bombs and shells only aroused curiosity.
Princess Mary, alarmed by her father's feverish and sleepless activity after his previous apathy, could not bring herself to leave him alone and for the first time in her life ventured to disobey him.
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.
"Yes, always first both on the grassland and here," answered Rostov, stroking his heated Donets horse.
He said the peasants were obdurate and that at the present moment it would be imprudent to "overresist" them without an armed force, and would it not be better first to send for the military?
At the inn at Yankovo he respectfully took leave of her, for the first time permitting himself to kiss her hand.
When she had taken leave of him and remained alone she suddenly felt her eyes filling with tears, and then not for the first time the strange question presented itself to her: did she love him?
Prince Andrew arrived at Tsarevo-Zaymishche on the very day and at the very hour that Kutuzov was reviewing the troops for the first time.
Prince Andrew knew Denisov from what Natasha had told him of her first suitor.
The first declared that the report that Count Rostopchin had forbidden people to leave Moscow was false; on the contrary he was glad that ladies and tradesmen's wives were leaving the city.
These words showed Pierre clearly for the first time that the French would enter Moscow.
Please impress upon Leppich to be very careful where he descends for the first time, that he may not make a mistake and fall into the enemy's hands.
This was shown first by the fact that there were no entrenchments there by the twenty fifth and that those begun on the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth were not completed, and secondly, by the position of the Shevardino Redoubt.
When he had ascended the hill and reached the little village street, he saw for the first time peasant militiamen in their white shirts and with crosses on their caps, who, talking and laughing loudly, animated and perspiring, were at work on a huge knoll overgrown with grass to the right of the road.
First along the dusty road came the infantry in ranks, bareheaded and with arms reversed.
General Sorbier must be ready at the first order to advance with all the howitzers of the Guard's artillery against either one or other of the entrenchments.
General Campan will move through the wood to seize the first fortification.
In the disposition it is said first that the batteries placed on the spot chosen by Napoleon, with the guns of Pernetti and Fouche; which were to come in line with them, 102 guns in all, were to open fire and shower shells on the Russian fleches and redoubts.
The third order was: General Campan will move through the wood to seize the first fortification.
General Campan's division did not seize the first fortification but was driven back, for on emerging from the wood it had to reform under grapeshot, of which Napoleon was unaware.
These dispositions and orders only seem worse than previous ones because the battle of Borodino was the first Napoleon did not win.
The first shots had not yet ceased to reverberate before others rang out and yet more were heard mingling with and overtaking one another.
His first unconscious feeling of joyful animation produced by the sights and sounds of the battlefield was now replaced by another, especially since he had seen that soldier lying alone in the hayfield.
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.
Will Your Highness please take command of the first army?
Kutuzov made a grimace and sent an order to Dokhturov to take over the command of the first army, and a request to the duke--whom he said he could not spare at such an important moment--to return to him.
He listened with weary ears to the ever-recurring sounds, distinguishing the whistle of flying projectiles from the booming of the reports, glanced at the tiresomely familiar faces of the men of the first battalion, and waited.
The horse first, regardless of whether it was right or wrong to show fear, snorted, reared almost throwing the major, and galloped aside.
The first fifteen years of the nineteenth century in Europe present an extraordinary movement of millions of people.
Men leave their customary pursuits, hasten from one side of Europe to the other, plunder and slaughter one another, triumph and are plunged in despair, and for some years the whole course of life is altered and presents an intensive movement which first increases and then slackens.
It was impossible not to retreat a day's march, and then in the same way it was impossible not to retreat another and a third day's march, and at last, on the first of September when the army drew near Moscow--despite the strength of the feeling that had arisen in all ranks--the force of circumstances compelled it to retire beyond Moscow.
The first people to go away were the rich educated people who knew quite well that Vienna and Berlin had remained intact and that during Napoleon's occupation the inhabitants had spent their time pleasantly in the company of the charming Frenchmen whom the Russians, and especially the Russian ladies, then liked so much.
The first time the young foreigner allowed himself to reproach her, she lifted her beautiful head and, half turning to him, said firmly: That's just like a man--selfish and cruel!
"Would you like a little mash?" the first soldier asked, and handed Pierre a wooden spoon after licking it clean.
That's what we were saying, replied the first speaker.
The Rostovs remained in Moscow till the first of September, that is, till the eve of the enemy's entry into the city.
The thought that both her sons were at the war, had both gone from under her wing, that today or tomorrow either or both of them might be killed like the three sons of one of her acquaintances, struck her that summer for the first time with cruel clearness.
From the twenty-eighth till the thirty-first all Moscow was in a bustle and commotion.
It was felt that everything would suddenly break up and change, but up to the first of September nothing had done so.
On Saturday, the thirty-first of August, everything in the Rostovs' house seemed topsy-turvy.
At first she found it amusing to give away dresses and ribbons to the maids, but when that was done and what was left had still to be packed, she found it dull.
At first her intervention in the business of packing was received skeptically.
Not only were huge sums offered for the horses and carts, but on the previous evening and early in the morning of the first of September, orderlies and servants sent by wounded officers came to the Rostovs' and wounded men dragged themselves there from the Rostovs' and from neighboring houses where they were accommodated, entreating the servants to try to get them a lift out of Moscow.
Berg, the Rostovs' son-in-law, was already a colonel wearing the orders of Vladimir and Anna, and he still filled the quiet and agreeable post of assistant to the head of the staff of the assistant commander of the first division of the Second Army.
On the first of September he had come to Moscow from the army.
Natasha left the room with her father and, as if finding it difficult to reach some decision, first followed him and then ran downstairs.
The count was the first to rise, and with a loud sigh crossed himself before the icon.
Pierre, evidently engrossed in thought, could not at first understand him.
At length when he had understood and looked in the direction the old man indicated, he recognized Natasha, and following his first impulse stepped instantly and rapidly toward the coach.
Smiling unnaturally and muttering to himself, he first sat down on the sofa in an attitude of despair, then rose, went to the door of the reception room and peeped through the crack, returned flourishing his arms, and took up a book.
He went along the whole length of this passage to the stairs and, frowning and rubbing his forehead with both hands, went down as far as the first landing.
He hired the first cab he met and told the driver to go to the Patriarch's Ponds, where the widow Bazdeev's house was.
Kutuzov's order to retreat through Moscow to the Ryazan road was issued at night on the first of September.
The first troops started at once, and during the night they marched slowly and steadily without hurry.
"It's all very well for you, Ivan Sidorych, to talk," said the first tradesman angrily.
At that moment the first smith got up and, scratching his bruised face to make it bleed, shouted in a tearful voice: Police!
I'll come out to you in a moment, but we must first settle with the villain.
At the count's first words he raised it slowly and looked up at him as if wishing to say something or at least to meet his eye.
No residents were left in Moscow, and the soldiers--like water percolating through sand--spread irresistibly through the city in all directions from the Kremlin into which they had first marched.
Then during the first day spent in inaction and solitude (he tried several times to fix his attention on the masonic manuscripts, but was unable to do so) the idea that had previously occurred to him of the cabalistic significance of his name in connection with Bonaparte's more than once vaguely presented itself.
Pierre had first experienced this strange and fascinating feeling at the Sloboda Palace, when he had suddenly felt that wealth, power, and life--all that men so painstakingly acquire and guard--if it has any worth has so only by reason of the joy with which it can all be renounced.
On seeing Pierre he grew confused at first, but noticing embarrassment on Pierre's face immediately grew bold and, staggering on his thin legs, advanced into the middle of the room.
He was so very polite, amiable, good-natured, and genuinely grateful to Pierre for saving his life that Pierre had not the heart to refuse, and sat down with him in the parlor--the first room they entered.
The German who knew little French, answered the two first questions by giving the names of his regiment and of his commanding officer, but in reply to the third question which he did not understand said, introducing broken French into his own German, that he was the quartermaster of the regiment and his commander had ordered him to occupy all the houses one after another.
Urged on by Ramballe's questions he also told what he had at first concealed--his own position and even his name.
To the left of the house on the Pokrovka a fire glowed--the first of those that were beginning in Moscow.
The glow of the first fire that began on the second of September was watched from the various roads by the fugitive Muscovites and by the retreating troops, with many different feelings.
He had spent the first night in the same yard as the Rostovs.
Several men joined the first two.
First she heard her mother praying and sighing and the creaking of her bed under her, then Madame Schoss' familiar whistling snore and Sonya's gentle breathing.
The first time Prince Andrew understood where he was and what was the matter with him and remembered being wounded and how was when he asked to be carried into the hut after his caleche had stopped at Mytishchi.
And he vividly pictured to himself Natasha, not as he had done in the past with nothing but her charms which gave him delight, but for the first time picturing to himself her soul.
He now understood for the first time all the cruelty of his rejection of her, the cruelty of his rupture with her.
But it then occurred to him for the first time that he certainly could not carry the weapon in his hand through the streets.
"Lieutenant, he has a dagger," were the first words Pierre understood.
During his diplomatic career he had more than once noticed that such utterances were received as very witty, and at every opportunity he uttered in that way the first words that entered his head.
When--free from soldiers, wagons, and the filthy traces of a camp--he saw villages with peasants and peasant women, gentlemen's country houses, fields where cattle were grazing, posthouses with stationmasters asleep in them, he rejoiced as though seeing all this for the first time.
Everything seemed to him pleasant and easy during that first part of his stay in Voronezh and, as usually happens when a man is in a pleasant state of mind, everything went well and easily.
The women and girls flirted with him and, from the first day, the people concerned themselves to get this fine young daredevil of an hussar married and settled down.
With a movement full of dignity and grace she half rose with a smile of pleasure, held out her slender, delicate hand to him, and began to speak in a voice in which for the first time new deep womanly notes vibrated.
For the first time all that pure, spiritual, inward travail through which she had lived appeared on the surface.
And for the first time Sonya felt that out of her pure, quiet love for Nicholas a passionate feeling was beginning to grow up which was stronger than principle, virtue, or religion.
Despite all the terror of what had happened during those last days and during the first days of their journey, this feeling that Providence was intervening in her personal affairs cheered Sonya.
At the Troitsa monastery the Rostovs first broke their journey for a whole day.
She had in fact seen nothing then but had mentioned the first thing that came into her head, but what she had invented then seemed to her now as real as any other recollection.
Who was he? they asked, repeating their first question, which he had declined to answer.
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.
He did not venture to repeat what he had said at his first examination, yet to disclose his rank and position was dangerous and embarrassing.
Not the men on the commission that had first examined him--not one of them wished to or, evidently, could have done it.
The two first were convicts with shaven heads.
Then two pairs of Frenchmen approached the criminals and at the officer's command took the two convicts who stood first in the row.
While one hand hung up the first string the other was already unwinding the band on the second leg.
When Pierre saw his neighbor next morning at dawn the first impression of him, as of something round, was fully confirmed: Platon's whole figure--in a French overcoat girdled with a cord, a soldier's cap, and bast shoes--was round.
His physical strength and agility during the first days of his imprisonment were such that he seemed not to know what fatigue and sickness meant.
She knew that she loved for the first and only time in her life and felt that she was beloved, and was happy in regard to it.
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.
When during those first days he remembered that he would have to die, he said to himself: Well, what of it?
And without considering the multiplicity and complexity of the conditions any one of which taken separately may seem to be the cause, he snatches at the first approximation to a cause that seems to him intelligible and says: "This is the cause!"
This was the first indication of the necessity of deviating from what had previously seemed the most natural course--a direct retreat on Nizhni-Novgorod.
Napoleon, with his usual assurance that whatever entered his head was right, wrote to Kutuzov the first words that occurred to him, though they were meaningless.
One desperate, frightened yell from the first French soldier who saw the Cossacks, and all who were in the camp, undressed and only just waking up, ran off in all directions, abandoning cannons, muskets, and horses.
Meantime, according to the dispositions which said that "the First Column will march" and so on, the infantry of the belated columns, commanded by Bennigsen and directed by Toll, had started in due order and, as always happens, had got somewhere, but not to their appointed places.
One of the first bullets killed him, and other bullets killed many of his men.
Pierre first looked down the field across which vehicles and horsemen were passing that morning, then into the distance across the river, then at the dog who was pretending to be in earnest about biting him, and then at his bare feet which he placed with pleasure in various positions, moving his dirty thick big toes.
Here and now for the first time he fully appreciated the enjoyment of eating when he wanted to eat, drinking when he wanted to drink, sleeping when he wanted to sleep, of warmth when he was cold, of talking to a fellow man when he wished to talk and to hear a human voice.
It was here that the prisoners for the first time received horseflesh for their meat ration.
But that native land was too far off, and for a man going a thousand miles it is absolutely necessary to set aside his final goal and to say to himself: "Today I shall get to a place twenty-five miles off where I shall rest and spend the night," and during the first day's journey that resting place eclipses his ultimate goal and attracts all his hopes and desires.
On August 24 Davydov's first partisan detachment was formed and then others were recognized.
Its first period had passed: when the partisans themselves, amazed at their own boldness, feared every minute to be surrounded and captured by the French, and hid in the forests without unsaddling, hardly daring to dismount and always expecting to be pursued.
"Oh, yes," said Petya, nodding at the first words Denisov uttered as if he understood it all, though he really did not understand anything of it.
Tikhon, who at first did rough work, laying campfires, fetching water, flaying dead horses, and so on, soon showed a great liking and aptitude for partisan warfare.
"You see, I took him first thing at dawn," Tikhon continued, spreading out his flat feet with outturned toes in their bast shoes.
Why didn't you bwing the first one?
Tell Denisov, 'at the first shot at daybreak,' said Dolokhov and was about to ride away, but Petya seized hold of him.
And at first from afar he heard men's voices and then women's.
At the first sound of trampling hoofs and shouting, Petya lashed his horse and loosening his rein galloped forward, not heeding Denisov who shouted at him.
The artillery the prisoners had seen in front of them during the first days was now replaced by Marshal Junot's enormous baggage train, convoyed by Westphalians.
The one thing that was at first hard to bear was his feet.
He hugged the first soldier who approached him, and kissed him, weeping.
In such a state of affairs, whatever your ultimate plans may be, the interest of Your Majesty's service demands that the army should be rallied at Smolensk and should first of all be freed from ineffectives, such as dismounted cavalry, unnecessary baggage, and artillery material that is no longer in proportion to the present forces.
First he rings his bell fearlessly, but when he gets into a tight place he runs away as quietly as he can, and often thinking to escape runs straight into his opponent's arms.
At first while they were still moving along the Kaluga road, Napoleon's armies made their presence known, but later when they reached the Smolensk road they ran holding the clapper of their bell tight--and often thinking they were escaping ran right into the Russians.
It was impossible first because--as experience shows that a three-mile movement of columns on a battlefield never coincides with the plans--the probability of Chichagov, Kutuzov, and Wittgenstein effecting a junction on time at an appointed place was so remote as to be tantamount to impossibility, as in fact thought Kutuzov, who when he received the plan remarked that diversions planned over great distances do not yield the desired results.
That aim was attained in the first place of itself, as the French ran away, and so it was only necessary not to stop their flight.
And embracing her daughter, the countess began to weep for the first time.
Toll wrote a disposition: "The first column will march to so and so," etc.
The fifth of November was the first day of what is called the battle of Krasnoe.
And flourishing his whip he rode off at a gallop for the first time during the whole campaign, and left the broken ranks of the soldiers laughing joyfully and shouting "Hurrah!"
An infantry regiment which had left Tarutino three thousand strong but now numbered only nine hundred was one of the first to arrive that night at its halting place--a village on the highroad.
"There are gentry here; the general himself is in that hut, and you foul-mouthed devils, you brutes, I'll give it to you!" shouted he, hitting the first man who came in his way a swinging blow on the back.
"But they're a clean folk, lads," the first man went on; "he was white-- as white as birchbark--and some of them are such fine fellows, you might think they were nobles."
You're a first-class liar, Kiselev, when I come to look at you!
It was the Order of St. George of the First Class.
Kutuzov had received the Order of St. George of the First Class and the Emperor showed him the highest honors, but everyone knew of the imperial dissatisfaction with him.
A joyous feeling of freedom--that complete inalienable freedom natural to man which he had first experienced at the first halt outside Moscow-- filled Pierre's soul during his convalescence.
The first time he had recourse to his new judge was when a French prisoner, a colonel, came to him and, after talking a great deal about his exploits, concluded by making what amounted to a demand that Pierre should give him four thousand francs to send to his wife and children.
But the first plunderers were followed by a second and a third contingent, and with increasing numbers plundering became more and more difficult and assumed more definite forms.
It was the first piece of good news we had received for a long time.
She had grown thin and pale, but that was not what made her unrecognizable; she was unrecognizable at the moment he entered because on that face whose eyes had always shone with a suppressed smile of the joy of life, now when he first entered and glanced at her there was not the least shadow of a smile: only her eyes were kindly attentive and sadly interrogative.
Princess Mary, frowning in her effort to hold back her tears, sat beside Natasha, and heard for the first time the story of those last days of her brother's and Natasha's love.
Before Pierre left the room Princess Mary told him: "This is the first time she has talked of him like that."
Supper was over, and Pierre who at first declined to speak about his captivity was gradually led on to do so.
She saw the possibility of love and happiness between Natasha and Pierre, and the first thought of this filled her heart with gladness.
Princess Mary, foreseeing no end to this, rose first, and complaining of a headache began to say good night.
After Pierre's departure that first evening, when Natasha had said to Princess Mary with a gaily mocking smile: "He looks just, yes, just as if he had come out of a Russian bath--in a short coat and with his hair cropped," something hidden and unknown to herself, but irrepressible, awoke in Natasha's soul.
The change that took place in Natasha at first surprised Princess Mary; but when she understood its meaning it grieved her.
FIRST EPILOGUE: 1813 - 20
But the ultimate purpose of the bee is not exhausted by the first, the second, or any of the processes the human mind can discern.
He realized from the first that he would not get up again, despite the doctor's encouragement.
As always happens in such cases rivalry sprang up as to which should get paid first, and those who like Mitenka held promissory notes given them as presents now became the most exacting of the creditors.
Nicholas was the first to meet her, as the countess' room could only be reached through his.
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.
Her first glance at Nicholas' face told her that he had only come to fulfill the demands of politeness, and she firmly resolved to maintain the tone in which he addressed her.
"Yes, Princess," said Nicholas at last with a sad smile, "it doesn't seem long ago since we first met at Bogucharovo, but how much water has flowed since then!
When Nicholas first began farming and began to understand its different branches, it was the serf who especially attracted his attention.
At first he watched the serfs, trying to understand their aims and what they considered good and bad, and only pretended to direct them and give orders while in reality learning from them their methods, their manner of speech, and their judgment of what was good and bad.
He was a master... the peasants' affairs first and then his own.
Sonya was always the first excuse Countess Mary found for feeling irritated.
She felt that the allurements instinct had formerly taught her to use would now be merely ridiculous in the eyes of her husband, to whom she had from the first moment given herself up entirely--that is, with her whole soul, leaving no corner of it hidden from him.
From the very first days of their married life Natasha had announced her demands.
Thus in a time of trouble ever memorable to him after the birth of their first child who was delicate, when they had to change the wet nurse three times and Natasha fell ill from despair, Pierre one day told her of Rousseau's view, with which he quite agreed, that to have a wet nurse is unnatural and harmful.
Denisov, who had come out of the study into the dancing room with his pipe, now for the first time recognized the old Natasha.
And collecting the presents they went first to the nursery and then to the old countess' rooms.
At tea all sat in their accustomed places: Nicholas beside the stove at a small table where his tea was handed to him; Milka, the old gray borzoi bitch (daughter of the first Milka), with a quite gray face and large black eyes that seemed more prominent than ever, lay on the armchair beside him; Denisov, whose curly hair, mustache, and whiskers had turned half gray, sat beside countess Mary with his general's tunic unbuttoned; Pierre sat between his wife and the old countess.
It is always the first thing that tells me all is well.
Natasha was the first to speak, defending her husband and attacking her brother.
The lad looked down and seemed now for the first time to notice what he had done to the things on the table.
They were for the most part quite insignificant trifles, but did not seem so to the mother or to the father either, now that he read this diary about his children for the first time.
I loved you, but I have orders from Arakcheev and will kill the first of you who moves forward.
In the first place the historian describes the activity of individuals who in his opinion have directed humanity (one historian considers only monarchs, generals, and ministers as being such men, while another includes also orators, learned men, reformers, philosophers, and poets).
In 1812 it reaches its extreme limit, Moscow, and then, with remarkable symmetry, a countermovement occurs from east to west, attracting to it, as the first movement had done, the nations of middle Europe.
The counter movement reaches the starting point of the first movement in the west--Paris--and subsides.
If the purpose of history be to give a description of the movement of humanity and of the peoples, the first question--in the absence of a reply to which all the rest will be incomprehensible--is: what is the power that moves peoples?
In their exposition, an historic character is first the product of his time, and his power only the resultant of various forces, and then his power is itself a force producing events.
The man who explains the movement of the locomotive by the smoke that is carried back has noticed that the wheels do not supply an explanation and has taken the first sign that occurs to him and in his turn has offered that as an explanation.
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.
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.
To understand, observe, and draw conclusions, man must first of all be conscious of himself as living.
But I am not now abstaining from doing so at the first moment when I asked the question.
The moment in which the first movement was made is irrevocable, and at that moment I could make only one movement, and whatever movement I made would be the only one.
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.
In the first case, if inevitability were possible without freedom we should have reached a definition of inevitability by the laws of inevitability itself, that is, a mere form without content.
They even agreed to take care of the animals while Alex and Carmen took their first vacation.
It was the first time she thought of Katie that way.
First of all, I married Alex because I love him.
She went to the coop first and watered the chickens.
It isn't the first time I've cooked.
Do you realize that's the first time you've done that?
Outside of this being her first trip in an airplane, the rest of the flight was uneventful.
Alex didn't look at Carmen, which was her first inkling that something was amiss.
Carmen was up first, showering and dressing before Alex woke.
For the first time it mattered to her.
It was probably the first money, other than the air fares, Señor Medena had been able to spend on Alex - and even then he had to do it through Felipa.
In the first place, he didn't consider this home.
Carmen put a foot on the first step and then heard voices.
It wasn't the first time she had gone to bed while he was out on a call, but it was the first time she had done so away from home.
It was the first time Carmen had seen Alondra actually laugh.
First of all, I wasn't the only one involved.
That was the first time she had said it to anyone.
Why did he hide the fact that his first love would be here tonight?
Dulce stared at her for a moment, as if considering it for the first time.
Señor Medena was the first boy in his family.
I'm his first son.
When you want a baby so bad, the first morning of sickness is a blessing.
Actually, her first morning of sickness had been unpleasant, until she discovered the cause was pregnancy.
Alex stiffened with the first word.
First it is Tessa.
The files had been there all along and he had given her passwords and permission to look at them since they were first married.
That was when Mom and Señor Medena started hanging out together anyway - the first time.
Her first thought was that it was a puppy someone had dropped off.
It was the first time they made love any place outside their bedroom, and it was way beyond exciting.
He said Alex was the kind of man who would crawl into bed with a woman on the first date.
For the first time the memory of how he reacted when she told him she was pregnant wasn't a painful one.
Freedom from that ugly feeling gave her the ability to speak of it lightly for the first time.
"First of all," Carmen said, trying to keep her voice conversational.
At first it seemed as though nothing was happening.
Her first instinct was to scramble to the back of the bus and climb out.
She studied her new boss, for the first time completely aware of his features.
Then he caught up another piglet and pushed it into the first, where it disappeared.
So they began to ascend the stairs, Dorothy and the Wizard first, Jim next, drawing the buggy, and then Zeb to watch that nothing happened to the harness.
The horse had especially attracted their notice, because it was the biggest and strangest creature they had ever seen; so it became the center of their first attack.
The Wizard's sword-blade snapped into a dozen pieces at the first blow he struck against the wooden people.
"Which wings must I flop first?" asked the cab-horse, undecidedly.
These were motionless at first, but soon began to flicker more brightly and to sway slowly from side to side and then up and down.
First came the Imperial Cornet Band of Oz, dressed in emerald velvet uniforms with slashes of pea-green satin and buttons of immense cut emeralds.
The first thing the little humbug did was to produce a tiny white piglet from underneath his hat and pretend to pull it apart, making two.
"What is the matter here?" asked the first lawyer, whose name was Speed.
The people of Egypt were very proud; for they believed that they were the first and oldest of all nations.
He tried first one plan and then another; but none of them proved anything at all.
Then he called his wisest men together and asked them, "Is it really true that the first people in the world were Egyptians?"
These children are learning it just as the first people who lived on the earth learned it in the beginning.
When the Revolutionary War began he was one of the first to hurry to Boston to help the people defend themselves against the British soldiers.
Now the landlord prided himself upon keeping a first-class hotel, and he feared that his guests would not like the rough-looking traveler.
Everybody loved her, and this was the first time she had whispered that day.
The officer began to write, but just as he finished the first word, a bomb came through the roof of the house and struck the floor close by him.
"I shall jump overboard," said Arion, "but I pray that you will first grant me a favor."
Then it tried the twenty-first time.
The old man who had bought the first turkey was standing quite near.
At first he was so bewildered that he could not answer.
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.
But first get a blanket and warm it, quick.
But first I must thank these poor people.
First, in the magnitude of what it claims, and second, in the degree to which it differs from what pessimists predict.
Telephones, when they first appeared, were called "talking telegraphs."
It would not be the first time, or the last, that ignorance in the world exacted a high price.
Why do first basemen live longer than anyone else on the team?
First: It will help us understand why certain people get certain genetic diseases.
The first mechanism is the creation of things, an old and familiar approach.
If you are in a desert dying of thirst, you value the first glass of water very highly, the second glass a bit less, and the 802nd not at all.
I cannot recall what happened during the first months after my illness.
Man has invented, not only houses, but clothes and cooked food; and possibly from the accidental discovery of the warmth of fire, and the consequent use of it, at first a luxury, arose the present necessity to sit by it.
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.
For the first time, it crossed Carmen's mind that he was kind of cute.
Robinson Crusoe sailed first on one ship and then on another.
Let him who has work to do recollect that the object of clothing is, first, to retain the vital heat, and secondly, in this state of society, to cover nakedness, and he may judge how much of any necessary or important work may be accomplished without adding to his wardrobe.
In 1628, the first complete explanation that blood flows through the body in arteries was published.
He was very young when he was first sent to school.