(He was well acquainted with the senator, but thought it necessary on this occasion to address him formally.)
There are always so many conjectures as to the issue of any event that however it may end there will always be people to say: "I said then that it would be so," quite forgetting that amid their innumerable conjectures many were to quite the contrary effect.
The cavern did not come to an end, as they had expected it would, but slanted upward through the great glass mountain, running in a direction that promised to lead them to the side opposite the Mangaboo country.
"It wasn't a peach, Eureka," said Dorothy.
The next moment a broad-leaved plant was jerked from the ground where it grew and held suspended in the air before the Wizard.
This third way is based on the principle that it is possible to see the future by accepting discontinuity but not unpredictability.
It only wuined our farming!
"I only said that it would be more to the purpose to make sacrifices when we know what is needed!" said he, trying to be heard above the other voices.
What do you think of it, Prince?
Next the Wizard poured a pool of oil from the can upon the glass floor, where it covered quite a broad surface.
"That's the way I feel about it," remarked Zeb, rubbing his wounds.
It was all laid out into lovely lawns and gardens, with pebble paths leading through them and groves of beautiful and stately trees dotting the landscape here and there.
"It was fine, Dorothy," called one of the piglets.
"That is true," agreed the Wizard, "and as the river seems to be flowing in the direction of the Pyramid Mountain it will be the easiest way for us to travel."
Once a little fish swam too near the surface, and the kitten grabbed it in her mouth and ate it up as quick as a wink; but Dorothy cautioned her to be careful what she ate in this valley of enchantments, and no more fishes were careless enough to swim within reach.
Here one side of the mountain had a great hole in it, like the mouth of a cavern, and the stairs stopped at the near edge of the floor and commenced ascending again at the opposite edge.
"I do not want money," returned the braided man, "for I could not spend it in this deserted place if I had it.
It did her good to see how the braided man's eyes sparkled when he received this treasure.
It is a sad story, but if you will try to restrain your tears I will tell you about it.
That made an extraordinary long hole, as you may imagine, and reached far down into the earth; and, as I leaned over it to try to see to the bottom, I lost my balance and tumbled in.
Here, then, I made my home; and although it is a lonely place I amuse myself making rustles and flutters, and so get along very nicely.
"It seems we were mistaken," declared a third, looking at the kitten timorously, "no one with such murderous desires should belong to our party, I'm sure."
"It isn't the bigness, dear; its the variety," replied the girl.
The kitten looked at the horse thoughtfully, as if trying to decide whether he meant it or not.
It isn't very nice down here.
The stairs had become narrower and Zeb and the Wizard often had to help Jim pull the buggy from one step to another, or keep it from jamming against the rocky walls.
"The Country of the Gargoyles is all wooden!" exclaimed Zeb; and so it was.
He got his satchel from the buggy and, opening it, took out two deadly looking revolvers that made the children shrink back in alarm just to look at.
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.
That cannot make them look any uglier, I'm sure, and it is my opinion they will soon renew the attack.
"No," returned Dorothy, stoutly, "it won't do to go back, for then we would never get home.
Pierre wished to say that he was ready to sacrifice his money, his serfs, or himself, only one ought to know the state of affairs in order to be able to improve it, but he was unable to speak.
I never doubted the devotion of the Russian nobles, but today it has surpassed my expectations.
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.
He wrote to Arakcheev, the Emperor's confidant: It must be as my sovereign pleases, but I cannot work with the Minister (meaning Barclay).
She feared for her brother who was in it, was horrified by and amazed at the strange cruelty that impels men to kill one another, but she did not understand the significance of this war, which seemed to her like all previous wars.
She could not have read the letter as she did not even know it had arrived.
"Go and get it for me," said the old prince to Mademoiselle Bourienne.
On moving to the drawing room he handed the letter to Princess Mary and, spreading out before him the plan of the new building and fixing his eyes upon it, told her to read the letter aloud.
Only they could fail to see it, the prince continued, evidently thinking of the campaign of 1807 which seemed to him so recent.
But I didn't invent it myself.
Princess Mary saw Dessalles' embarrassed and astonished look fixed on her father, noticed his silence, and was struck by the fact that her father had forgotten his son's letter on the drawing-room table; but she was not only afraid to speak of it and ask Dessalles the reason of his confusion and silence, but was afraid even to think about it.