Maria Theresa had undoubtedly an instinctive histrionic sense of the perspective of the theatre, and could adopt the appropriate attitude and gesture, passionate, dignified or pathetic, required to impress those she wished to influence.
Dropping off home-cooked meals was a very nice gesture.
That was a nice gesture on someone's part.
Jackson held Sarah's hand as a gesture of comfort.
After the illness, when they were dependent on signs, Helen's tendency to gesture developed.
The visitor made a gesture with her hand.
Inviting Alex to visit this farm sounded more like a payback than a gesture of appreciation.
In answer to questions with which he was greeted, the courier made a despairing gesture with his hand and passed through the room.
But those!... and he made a gesture of contempt.
"Take him away!" he said, pointing with a gracefully majestic gesture to the portrait.
Balashev knew how to reply to each of Napoleon's remarks, and would have done so; he continually made the gesture of a man wishing to say something, but Napoleon always interrupted him.
"Again!" she commanded, pointing with a peremptory gesture to the spot where Nicholas had placed the kiss.
"Charmed to make your acquaintance, General!" he added, with a gesture of kingly condescension.
At a single gesture from him everyone went out on tiptoe, leaving the great man to himself and his emotion.
It is done in all the brothels, and with these words Marya Dmitrievna, turning up her wide sleeves with her usual threatening gesture and glancing sternly round, moved across the room.
The Frenchman expanded his chest and made a majestic gesture with his arm.
"Milk," with a gesture means, "Give me more milk."
The captain made a gesture signifying that even if he did not understand it he begged Pierre to continue.
Seeing them pass, Prince Vasili drew back with obvious impatience, while the princess jumped up and with a gesture of desperation slammed the door with all her might.
With his left hand he drew Bagration toward him, and with his right, on which he wore a ring, he made the sign of the cross over him with a gesture evidently habitual, offering his puffy cheek, but Bagration kissed him on the neck instead.
Each made the other a warning gesture and stood still in the dim light beneath the curtain as if not wishing to leave that seclusion where they three were shut off from all the world.
"I shan't be violent, don't be afraid!" said Pierre in answer to a frightened gesture of Anatole's.
In every word and gesture he saw allusions to his happiness.
Alpatych turned his face to Prince Andrew, looked at him, and suddenly with a solemn gesture raised his arm.
On seeing the count the major- domo made a significant and stern gesture to them both to go away.
"The doctor says that he is not in danger," said the countess, but as she spoke she raised her eyes with a sigh, and her gesture conveyed a contradiction of her words.
Having done that, the officer, lifting his elbow with a smart gesture, stroked his mustache and lightly touched his hat.
The tune he was whistling, his gait, and the gesture with which he twirled his mustache, all now seemed offensive.
They often reach distinction and dignity of attitude and gesture, and occasionally, as in the "Hercules and Death," the "Electra" and the "Clytemnestra," a noble intensity of feeling.
"No, Sonya, but do you remember so that you remember him perfectly, remember everything?" said Natasha, with an expressive gesture, evidently wishing to give her words a very definite meaning.
Weyrother, with the gesture of a man too busy to lose a moment, glanced at Kutuzov and, having convinced himself that he was asleep, took up a paper and in a loud, monotonous voice began to read out the dispositions for the impending battle, under a heading which he also read out:
He took the guitar a little above the fingerboard, arching his left elbow with a somewhat theatrical gesture, and, with a wink at Anisya Fedorovna, struck a single chord, pure and sonorous, and then quietly, smoothly, and confidently began playing in very slow time, not My Lady, but the well-known song: Came a maiden down the street.
And that gesture, too, seemed unnatural to Prince Andrew.
He pointed as it were with a side gesture beyond the limits which he himself had drawn."
Communication by gesture-signs, between persons unable to converse in vocal language, is an effective system of expression common to all mankind.
She turned to go, but he stopped her with a gesture and took an uncut book from the high desk.
"Uncle" himself twisted up the hare, threw it neatly and smartly across his horse's back as if by that gesture he meant to rebuke everybody, and, with an air of not wishing to speak to anyone, mounted his bay and rode off.
He conspicuously lacked, indeed, the grace of gesture which he so much admired in Chatham; he had not the sustained dignity of Pitt; his powers of close reasoning were inferior to those of Fox and Flood.
I saw him lying on a bed," said she, making a gesture with her hand and a lifted finger at each detail, "and that he had his eyes closed and was covered just with a pink quilt, and that his hands were folded," she concluded, convincing herself that the details she had just seen were exactly what she had seen in the mirror.
And imitative sounds to represent the cat's mew, the click of a trigger, the clap or thud of a blow, &c. The total result of this combination of gesture and significant sound will be a general system of expression, imperfect but serviceable, and naturally intelligible to all mankind without distinction of race.
" one man," means 20, &c., &c. The existence of such expressions demonstrates that the people who use them had originally no spoken names for these numbers, but once merely counted them by gesture on their fingers and toes in low savage fashion, till they obtained higher numerals by the inventive process of describing in words these counting-gestures.
For the stately declamation, the sonorous, and beyond a doubt impressive, chant of Quin and his fellows, Garrick substituted rapid changes of passion and humour in both voice and gesture, which held his audiences spellbound.
It is true that to some extent these means of utterance are common to the lower animals, the power of expressing emotion by cries and tones extending far down in the scale of animal life, while rudimentary gesture-signs are made by various mammals and birds.
The rider, whose figure seemed familiar to Rostov and involuntarily riveted his attention, made a gesture of refusal with his head and hand and by that gesture Rostov instantly recognized his lamented and adored monarch.
The gesture described was probably the same as that with which a Christian priest averts demonic influences from the heads of his congregation in the act of blessing them.
No, it can't be, he told himself at every look, gesture, and word that filled his soul with joy.