"May I sit with you?" she asked shyly.
Yes, you may take him.
Do you think they may have given up?
"You may buy something, if you wish," said his mother.
May we come in?
They may be too busy running.
Let us be ready, for we may be sent for any minute.
"You may choose any subject that you like best," said the teacher.
You may follow me.
I may be the person who's having the visions but I can't do it alone.
May I wait here until then?
You may send the gold pieces to your mother with my compliments; and tell her that the king will take care of both her and you.
"We may as well go back," said the son in French.
You may do as you wish.
Then, on Friday those who have done the best may stand up and read their compositions to the school.
May I see to it?
May I have this dance?
It may take a few minutes, but he'll catch on.
He has to believe you guys truly exist and he may guess some of your limits and capabilities.
May the kingdom of Heaven be his!
I absolutely must see him, however painful it may be for me.
And while it may not be perfect, life will be profoundly better for everyone on the planet.
May I?... asked Natasha.
You may call or have friends over anytime you wish - as long as they don't interfere with your work.
Oh, I'm a Wizard; you may be sure of that.
"You may have a visitor... yesterday," I said as I hung up.
I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.
Brandon may have considered his problem "stupid" at the ranch, but it obviously wasn't behind him.
Among the innumerable categories applicable to the phenomena of human life one may discriminate between those in which substance prevails and those in which form prevails.
It's not a case of feeding horses--we may die of hunger ourselves!
You may come to America and be poor, but if you work hard, your children will have a better life and a better opportunity.
Do not expect this to be a uniformly reassuring journey; it may be more of a roller-coaster ride with some rather bleak descents.
This thought, if a wordless sensation may be called a thought, made me hop and skip with pleasure.
The French at Vitebsk, in four days' march they may be at Smolensk; perhaps are already there!
"May I make bold to trouble your honor?" said he respectfully, but with a shade of contempt for the youthfulness of this officer and with a hand thrust into his bosom.
Whatever I may be, I can't live under Bonaparte's rule.
"It may turn out very well," he thought, "but if not, they'll know how to arrange matters."
I may be footing the bill, but you're working for Mom, not me.
It seems you may be romantically involved with this man.
I may have gotten you into something.
Early in May she wrote on her tablet the following list of questions:
The soil, it appears, is suited to the seed, for it has sent its radicle downward, and it may now send its shoot upward also with confidence.
I may be affected by a theatrical exhibition; on the other hand, I may not be affected by an actual event which appears to concern me much more.
From this you will see that you have a perfect right to reassure the inhabitants of Smolensk, for those defended by two such brave armies may feel assured of victory.
I am giving you everything, my friends, and I beg you to take everything, all our grain, so that you may not suffer want!
You may go and kill whom you please, but I don't want to do so anymore!
"May the wounded men stay in our house?" she asked.
"Your information may be better than mine," Anna Pavlovna suddenly and venomously retorted on the inexperienced young man, "but I know on good authority that this doctor is a very learned and able man.
I raise fervent prayers to Heaven that the Almighty may exalt the race of the just, and mercifully fulfill the desires of Your Majesty.
You may be better off than we others, said Pierre.
Wherever the ship may go, the rush of water which neither directs nor increases its movement foams ahead of it, and at a distance seems to us not merely to move of itself but to govern the ship's movement also.
I think I shall keep this Wizard until a new Sorcerer is ready to pick, for he seems quite skillful and may be of use to us.
"May I eat one of them?" asked the kitten, in a pleading voice.
May we examine some of these articles?
The mother dragon may come down and catch us here.
Don't forget them, for I may have to eat them, after all.
"Don't be foolish," advised the Tin Woodman, "or you may be sorry for it."
You may have them, if you will give me the whistle.
Perhaps we may see that wolf among the trees.
"Elihu, you may go home," said the master.
Be they many or few, you may have all for three pieces of silver.
After reading my arguments, you may or may not believe the future I describe is inevitable, as I say it is.
So the simple fact that all the information in the world may soon be available to everyone via the Internet does not end ignorance, just as the existence of a library in your city doesn't end ignorance.
They may have just moved to Alaska from another state.
The full quote runs: "Necessitous men are not, truly speaking, free men, but, to answer a present exigency, will submit to any terms that the crafty may impose upon them."
The civilizing process is not flawless, and we may disagree on the ways it has manifested itself.
Their aim, he said, was nothing less than "the lifting, from the backs and from the hearts of men, of their burden of arms and of fears, so that they may find before them a golden age of freedom and of peace."
After all, public opinion may just as easily be stirred up in favor of war as against it.
While the few may be for war, the many are almost always for peace.
They may not bump into them very often in what we call "everyday life" but do know them well enough to friend them.
Thus one's Facebook friends may be more diverse in all sorts of ways than one's "actual" friends.
Dictators may think they can control information access and technology.
Come what may, the nationalist will stick by his country.
Whether it is the notion of manufacturing meat or having the computer tell you what you should order at the restaurant, you may have cringed and thought, "Man, that's kind of creepy."
That's what interests me about this story (which may or may not be purely true): What Simonides did—recalling the names and locations of everyone at a large banquet—is described as entirely possible and an enviable, practical skill.
Though the world foreseen in this book may seem far away to you, I believe it will be achieved—and once achieved, that it will grow in stability over time.
Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
Beyond there is light, and music, and sweet companionship; but I may not enter.
I also knew Mr. Charles Dudley Warner, the most delightful of story-tellers and the most beloved friend, whose sympathy was so broad that it may be truly said of him, he loved all living things and his neighbour as himself.
Toward the end of May Mrs. Keller, Helen, and Miss Sullivan started for Boston.
On May 26th they arrived in Boston and went to the Perkins Institution; here Helen met the little blind girls with whom she had corresponded the year before.
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]
And, Helen, He loves men still, and He loves us, and He tells us that we may love Him.
I wonder if the May-days in England are as beautiful as they are here.
My Dear Mr. Brooks: Helen sends you a loving greeting this bright May-day.
I hope too, that Bishop Brooks' whole life will be as rich in happiness as the month of May is full of blossoms and singing birds.
Sometime they may visit a school for the blind.
In May, 1892, Helen gave a tea in aid of the kindergarten for the blind.
TO MR. JOHN P. SPAULDING South Boston, May 11th, 1892.
Please favour her with every facility to examine the exhibits in the several Departments, and extend to her such other courtesies as may be possible.
But, however this may be, I cannot now write the letter which has lain in my thought for you so long.
TO MRS. LAURENCE HUTTON [Wrentham] May 29, 1898. ...My work goes on bravely.
It is almost no effort for me to row around the lake, no matter how heavy the load may be.
TO MRS. LAURENCE HUTTON [Boston] May 28th . ...We have had a hard day.
So you may imagine that we look quite like peacocks, only we've no trains....
TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ACADEMIC BOARD OF RADCLIFFE COLLEGE 138 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass., May 5, 1900.
What is remarkable in her career is already accomplished, and whatever she may do in the future will be but a relatively slight addition to the success which distinguishes her now.
Whatever doubts Miss Keller herself may have had are now at rest.
That is why her teacher's records may be found to differ in some particulars from Miss Keller's account.
This much is certain, she cannot have any sense that other people may not have, and the existence of a special sense is not evident to her or to any one who knows her.
Mr. Anagnos wrote in the report of the Perkins Institution, dated November 27, 1888: At my urgent request, Helen, accompanied by her mother and her teacher, came to the North in the last week of May, and spent several months with us as our guests....
If you want to, you may read it to my friends.
In my account of Helen last year, I mentioned several instances where she seemed to have called into use an inexplicable mental faculty; but it now seems to me, after carefully considering the matter, that this power may be explained by her perfect familiarity with the muscular variations of those with whom she comes into contact, caused by their emotions.
I will go to Cincinnati in May and buy another child.
March, April, May are spring.
After May, 1890, it was evident to me that she had reached a point where it was impossible to keep from her the religious beliefs held by those with whom she was in daily contact.
May I read the book called the Bible?
I believe every child has hidden away somewhere in his being noble capacities which may be quickened and developed if we go about it in the right way; but we shall never properly develop the higher natures of our little ones while we continue to fill their minds with the so-called rudiments.
It may be true, as some maintain, that language cannot express to us much beyond what we have lived and experienced; but I have always observed that children manifest the greatest delight in the lofty, poetic language which we are too ready to think beyond their comprehension.
True, single words do suggest and express ideas; the child may say simply "mamma" when he means "Where is mamma?" but he learns the expression of the ideas that relate to mamma--he learns language--by hearing complete sentences.
This difficulty and some others may be corrected when she and Miss Sullivan have more time.
In the very nature of things, articulation is an unsatisfactory means of education; while the use of the manual alphabet quickens and invigorates mental activity, since through it the deaf child is brought into close contact with the English language, and the highest and most abstract ideas may be conveyed to the mind readily and accurately.
Before describing the process of teaching Helen to speak, it may be well to state briefly to what extent she had used the vocal organs before she began to receive regular instruction in articulation.
The only signs which I think she may have invented were her signs for SMALL and LARGE.
Do not think of to-days failures, but of the success that may come to-morrow.
In a letter to a friend at the Perkins Institution, dated May 17, 1889, she gives a reproduction from one of Hans Christian Andersen's stories, which I had read to her not long before.
The original story was read to her from a copy of "Andersen's Stories," published by Leavitt & Allen Bros., and may be found on p. 97 of Part I. in that volume.
I give below a portion of Miss Canby's story, "The Rose Fairies," and also Helen's letter to Mr. Anagnos containing her "dream," so that the likenesses and differences may be studied by those interested in the subject:
This may explain the reason why Helen claims persistently that "The Frost King" is her own story.
A child with but few sources may keep distinct what he draws from each.
Some conclusions may be briefly suggested.
Thus it is that any child may be taught to use correct English by not being allowed to read or hear any other kind.
The very fact that the nineteenth century has not produced many authors whom the world may count among the greatest of all time does not in my opinion justify the remark, "There may come a time when people cease to write."
Now I understand that the darkness everywhere may hold possibilities better even than my hopes.
We may waive just so much care of ourselves as we honestly bestow elsewhere.
I have thought that Walden Pond would be a good place for business, not solely on account of the railroad and the ice trade; it offers advantages which it may not be good policy to divulge; it is a good port and a good foundation.
As this business was to be entered into without the usual capital, it may not be easy to conjecture where those means, that will still be indispensable to every such undertaking, were to be obtained.
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.
Beside, clothes introduced sewing, a kind of work which you may call endless; a woman's dress, at least, is never done.
I cannot believe that our factory system is the best mode by which men may get clothing.
The condition of the operatives is becoming every day more like that of the English; and it cannot be wondered at, since, as far as I have heard or observed, the principal object is, not that mankind may be well and honestly clad, but, unquestionably, that corporations may be enriched.
We may imagine a time when, in the infancy of the human race, some enterprising mortal crept into a hollow in a rock for shelter.
And when the farmer has got his house, he may not be the richer but the poorer for it, and it be the house that has got him.
The myriads who built the pyramids to be the tombs of the Pharaohs were fed on garlic, and it may be were not decently buried themselves.
It is a mistake to suppose that, in a country where the usual evidences of civilization exist, the condition of a very large body of the inhabitants may not be as degraded as that of savages.
Their condition only proves what squalidness may consist with civilization.
Answer me these questions, and then perhaps I may look at your bawbles and find them ornamental.
At length, in the beginning of May, with the help of some of my acquaintances, rather to improve so good an occasion for neighborliness than from any necessity, I set up the frame of my house.
He may turn pale when the trial comes.
Such is the universal law, which no man can ever outwit, and with regard to the railroad even we may say it is as broad as it is long.
To meet the objections of some inveterate cavillers, I may as well state, that if I dined out occasionally, as I always had done, and I trust shall have opportunities to do again, it was frequently to the detriment of my domestic arrangements.
The human race is interested in these experiments, though a few old women who are incapacitated for them, or who own their thirds in mills, may be alarmed.
The youth may build or plant or sail, only let him not be hindered from doing that which he tells me he would like to do.
We may not arrive at our port within a calculable period, but we would preserve the true course.
Undoubtedly, in this case, what is true for one is truer still for a thousand, as a large house is not proportionally more expensive than a small one, since one roof may cover, one cellar underlie, and one wall separate several apartments.
While my townsmen and women are devoted in so many ways to the good of their fellows, I trust that one at least may be spared to other and less humane pursuits.
All health and success does me good, however far off and withdrawn it may appear; all disease and failure helps to make me sad and does me evil, however much sympathy it may have with me or I with it.
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.
Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.
An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest.
The student may read Homer or Ã†schylus in the Greek without danger of dissipation or luxuriousness, for it implies that he in some measure emulate their heroes, and consecrate morning hours to their pages.
However much we may admire the orator's occasional bursts of eloquence, the noblest written words are commonly as far behind or above the fleeting spoken language as the firmament with its stars is behind the clouds.
There are the stars, and they who can may read them.
It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips;--not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.
By such a pile we may hope to scale heaven at last.
The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.
Near the end of May, the sand cherry (Cerasus pumila) adorned the sides of the path with its delicate flowers arranged in umbels cylindrically about its short stems, which last, in the fall, weighed down with good-sized and handsome cherries, fell over in wreaths like rays on every side.
Or perchance, at evening, I hear him in his stable blowing off the superfluous energy of the day, that he may calm his nerves and cool his liver and brain for a few hours of iron slumber.
The place where that may occur is always the same, and indescribably pleasant to all our senses.
With thinking we may be beside ourselves in a sane sense.
I may be either the driftwood in the stream, or Indra in the sky looking down on it.
This doubleness may easily make us poor neighbors and friends sometimes.
So also, owing to bodily and mental health and strength, we may be continually cheered by a like but more normal and natural society, and come to know that we are never alone.
Let me suggest a few comparisons, that some one may convey an idea of my situation.
The bullet of your thought must have overcome its lateral and ricochet motion and fallen into its last and steady course before it reaches the ear of the hearer, else it may plow out again through the side of his head.
May be the man you hoe with is inclined to race; then, by gorry, your mind must be there; you think of weeds.
I require of a visitor that he be not actually starving, though he may have the very best appetite in the world, however he got it.
But above all harvest as early as possible, if you would escape frosts and have a fair and salable crop; you may save much loss by this means.
The ornamented grounds of villas which will one day be built here may still preserve some trace of this.
You may see from a boat, in calm weather, near the sandy eastern shore, where the water is eight or ten feet deep, and also in some other parts of the pond, some circular heaps half a dozen feet in diameter by a foot in height, consisting of small stones less than a hen's egg in size, where all around is bare sand.
My Muse may be excused if she is silent henceforth.
I have said that Walden has no visible inlet nor outlet, but it is on the one hand distantly and indirectly related to Flint's Pond, which is more elevated, by a chain of small ponds coming from that quarter, and on the other directly and manifestly to Concord River, which is lower, by a similar chain of ponds through which in some other geological period it may have flowed, and by a little digging, which God forbid, it can be made to flow thither again.
Several pretty large logs may still be seen lying on the bottom, where, owing to the undulation of the surface, they look like huge water snakes in motion.
It was one of those afternoons which seem indefinitely long before one, in which many events may happen, a large portion of our natural life, though it was already half spent when I started.
But the only true America is that country where you are at liberty to pursue such a mode of life as may enable you to do without these, and where the state does not endeavor to compel you to sustain the slavery and war and other superfluous expenses which directly or indirectly result from the use of such things.
There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.
Yet perhaps this may be done.
It may be vain to ask why the imagination will not be reconciled to flesh and fat.
Even music may be intoxicating.
A puritan may go to his brown-bread crust with as gross an appetite as ever an alderman to his turtle.
Possibly we may withdraw from it, but never change its nature.
I fear that it may enjoy a certain health of its own; that we may be well, yet not pure.
Nothing was too trivial for the Hindoo lawgiver, however offensive it may be to modern taste.
But that we may not be delayed, you shall be digging the bait meanwhile.
I think that I may warrant you one worm to every three sods you turn up, if you look well in among the roots of the grass, as if you were weeding.
I will just try these three sentences of Confut-see; they may fetch that state about again.
Those village worms are quite too large; a shiner may make a meal off one without finding the skewer.
You may even tread on them, or have your eyes on them for a minute, without discovering them.
You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.
However that may be, I was struck by the peculiar toughness of the steel which bore so many violent blows without being worn out.
Should not every apartment in which man dwells be lofty enough to create some obscurity overhead, where flickering shadows may play at evening about the rafters?
I now first began to inhabit my house, I may say, when I began to use it for warmth as well as shelter.
Cato says, the master of a family (patremfamilias) must have in his rustic villa "cellam oleariam, vinariam, dolia multa, uti lubeat caritatem expectare, et rei, et virtuti, et gloriae erit," that is, "an oil and wine cellar, many casks, so that it may be pleasant to expect hard times; it will be for his advantage, and virtue, and glory."
There may be thirty or forty of them to a square inch.
But the most luxuriously housed has little to boast of in this respect, nor need we trouble ourselves to speculate how the human race may be at last destroyed.
The greatest depth was exactly one hundred and two feet; to which may be added the five feet which it has risen since, making one hundred and seven.
At the advent of each individual into this life, may we not suppose that such a bar has risen to the surface somewhere?
When such holes freeze, and a rain succeeds, and finally a new freezing forms a fresh smooth ice over all, it is beautifully mottled internally by dark figures, shaped somewhat like a spider's web, what you may call ice rosettes, produced by the channels worn by the water flowing from all sides to a centre.
It may be that he lays up no treasures in this world which will cool his summer drink in the next.
A severe cold of a few days' duration in March may very much retard the opening of the former ponds, while the temperature of Walden increases almost uninterruptedly.
Ice has its grain as well as wood, and when a cake begins to rot or "comb," that is, assume the appearance of honeycomb, whatever may be its position, the air cells are at right angles with what was the water surface.
Every morning, generally speaking, the shallow water is being warmed more rapidly than the deep, though it may not be made so warm after all, and every evening it is being cooled more rapidly until the morning.
The ear may be regarded, fancifully, as a lichen, Umbilicaria, on the side of the head, with its lobe or drop.
What Champollion will decipher this hieroglyphic for us, that we may turn over a new leaf at last?
You may melt your metals and cast them into the most beautiful moulds you can; they will never excite me like the forms which this molten earth flows out into.
You may tell by looking at any twig of the forest, ay, at your very wood-pile, whether its winter is past or not.
While such a sun holds out to burn, the vilest sinner may return.
Early in May, the oaks, hickories, maples, and other trees, just putting out amidst the pine woods around the pond, imparted a brightness like sunshine to the landscape, especially in cloudy days, as if the sun were breaking through mists and shining faintly on the hillsides here and there.
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.
If you are chosen town clerk, forsooth, you cannot go to Tierra del Fuego this summer: but you may go to the land of infernal fire nevertheless.
Is not our own interior white on the chart? black though it may prove, like the coast, when discovered.
They love the soil which makes their graves, but have no sympathy with the spirit which may still animate their clay.
It is true, I fear, that others may have fallen into it, and so helped to keep it open.
You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse.
I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.
These may be but the spring months in the life of the race.
It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it, and flood the parched uplands; even this may be the eventful year, which will drown out all our muskrats.
They will wait, well disposed, for others to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret.
It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support.
I must get off him first, that he may pursue his contemplations too.
For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever.
A man may grow rich in Turkey even, if he will be in all respects a good subject of the Turkish government.
It may be in a great strait, and not know what to do: I cannot help that.
I seek rather, I may say, even an excuse for conforming to the laws of the land.
Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
We love eloquence for its own sake, and not for any truth which it may utter, or any heroism it may inspire.
"It is dreadful, dreadful!" she was saying, "but cost me what it may I shall do my duty.
May God support you...
You may die in your bed or God may spare you in a battle, replied Marya Dmitrievna's deep voice, which easily carried the whole length of the table.
"The limits of human life... are fixed and may not be o'erpassed," said an old priest to a lady who had taken a seat beside him and was listening naively to his words.
So he may have something to drink?
God grant that the Corsican monster who is destroying the peace of Europe may be overthrown by the angel whom it has pleased the Almighty, in His goodness, to give us as sovereign!
However painful it may be to me, should the Almighty lay the duties of wife and mother upon me I shall try to perform them as faithfully as I can, without disquieting myself by examining my feelings toward him whom He may give me for husband.
Adieu, dear and kind friend; may our divine Saviour and His most Holy Mother keep you in their holy and all-powerful care!
No, my dear boy," he continued, "you and your generals won't get on against Buonaparte; you'll have to call in the French, so that birds of a feather may fight together.
May God help you, but we'll see what will happen.
You may laugh as much as you like, but all the same Bonaparte is a great general!
God knows how long we may again be parted.
Know this, Masha: I can't reproach, have not reproached, and never shall reproach my wife with anything, and I cannot reproach myself with anything in regard to her; and that always will be so in whatever circumstances I may be placed.
"Well, may be!" said Prince Andrew.
And tell Mr. Dolokhov that I won't forget him--he may be quite easy.
"Ah, may the devil take you and evewybody," were the last words Rostov heard.
"Heaven only knows what the people here may imagine," muttered Telyanin, taking up his cap and moving toward a small empty room.
He may keep me on duty every day, or may place me under arrest, but no one can make me apologize, because if he, as commander of this regiment, thinks it beneath his dignity to give me satisfaction, then...
Whatever Bogdanich may be, anyway he is an honorable and brave old colonel!
You may take offense or not but I always stick to mother truth.
But now, even if they do get peppered, the squadron may be recommended for honors and he may get a ribbon.
"It may be treachery," said Prince Andrew, vividly imagining the gray overcoats, wounds, the smoke of gunpowder, the sounds of firing, and the glory that awaited him.
My blessing, and may Christ be with you in your great endeavor!
Whatever we may say about the soul going to the sky... we know there is no sky but only an atmosphere.
But perhaps they may do it!
Yes, I am a woman who may belong to anyone--to you too, said her glance.
"I think I may congratulate you," whispered Anna Pavlovna to the old princess, kissing her soundly.
You know the fate of your whole life may be at stake.
"You may go," he said to Anatole.
I try to be reserved because in the depth of my soul I feel too near to him already, but then he cannot know what I think of him and may imagine that I do not like him.
How happy I am now, and how happy I may be with such a friend and such a husband!
And cost what it may, I will arrange poor Amelie's happiness, she loves him so passionately, and so passionately repents.
But for God's sake, be careful, you know how it may affect your mamma.
Without boasting, you know, I may say that I know the Army Orders by heart and know the Regulations as well as I do the Lord's Prayer.
But this is what we'll do: I have a good friend, an adjutant general and an excellent fellow, Prince Dolgorukov; and though you may not know it, the fact is that now Kutuzov with his staff and all of us count for nothing.
"Since Prince Bagration is not coming, we may begin," said Weyrother, hurriedly rising from his seat and going up to the table on which an enormous map of the environs of Brunn was spread out.
Tomorrow everything may be over for me!
I'll ask leave to go to the front, this may be my only chance of seeing the Emperor.
"It may be he or it may be nothing," muttered the hussar.
"Your excellency," said Rostov, "may I ask a favor?"
May I ask to be attached to the first squadron?
Oh, very well, you may stay in attendance on me.
Then I may reckon on it, your excellency?
"Tomorrow very likely I may be sent with some message to the Emperor," thought Rostov.
Seeing them he kept thinking, "That may be the very standard with which I shall lead the army."
"Old though he may be, he should not, he certainly should not, speak like that," their glances seemed to say.
"But be that what it may," he reflected, "there is no riding round it now.
May the devil take them--the traitors!
And here, where at any moment the Emperor may see them....
"As may happen," said Rostov.
If you are going to fight a duel, and you make a will and write affectionate letters to your parents, and if you think you may be killed, you are a fool and are lost for certain.
It may be arrogant of me, but still it is best to say it.
"You may punt," he said.
Please place your money on the cards or I may get muddled in the reckoning.
On the previous Sunday the old count had given his son two thousand rubles, and though he always disliked speaking of money difficulties had told Nicholas that this was all he could let him have till May, and asked him to be more economical this time.
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.
"Just as I may suppose you to be deluded," said Pierre, with a faint smile.
"The highest wisdom and truth are like the purest liquid we may wish to imbibe," he said.
"Now I must disclose to you the chief aim of our Order," he said, "and if this aim coincides with yours, you may enter our Brotherhood with profit.
"I must also inform you," said the Rhetor, "that our Order delivers its teaching not in words only but also by other means, which may perhaps have a stronger effect on the sincere seeker after wisdom and virtue than mere words.
Beware of making any distinctions which may infringe equality.
Share thy happiness with thy neighbor, and may envy never dim the purity of that bliss.
Whatever the European sovereigns and commanders may do to countenance Bonaparte, and to cause me, and us in general, annoyance and mortification, our opinion of Bonaparte cannot alter.
There are precedents, I may mention Schwarzenberg.
May I have succeeded!'
I shall await your most gracious permission here in hospital, that I may not have to play the part of a secretary rather than commander in the army.
The one and the other may serve as a pastime.
So that's what I'm sorry for--human dignity, peace of mind, purity, and not the serfs' backs and foreheads, which, beat and shave as you may, always remain the same backs and foreheads.
If not, as the demand was booked against an infantry regiment, there will be a row and the affair may end badly.
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.
May I go in and look?
"I may see him at any moment," thought Rostov.
This Marshal was Count Ilya Rostov, and in the middle of May Prince Andrew went to visit him.
"If you will do me the honor of calling on me on Wednesday," he added, "I will, after talking with Magnitski, let you know what may interest you, and shall also have the pleasure of a more detailed chat with you."
I told my wife that I begged her to forget the past, to forgive me whatever wrong I may have done her, and that I had nothing to forgive.
He may already have found a suitable and wealthy match, and now he's half crazy.
Looking at her she may have recalled the golden, irrecoverable days of her own girlhood and her own first ball.
But don't be late, Count, if I may venture to ask; about ten minutes to eight, please.
"Whatever trouble may come," Prince Andrew continued, "I beg you, Mademoiselle Sophie, whatever may happen, to turn to him alone for advice and help!
May God keep you in His holy and mighty care.
Write and tell him that he may marry tomorrow if he likes.
"That's as may happen," answered Rostov.
"May I join you?" said Dimmler who had come up quietly, and he sat down by them.
Well, whatever it may be...
"Louisa Ivanovna, may I?" asked Sonya.
May I go at once?
And they themselves sit there nearly naked, like the signboards at our Public Baths if I may say so.
"May I stay a little longer?" he said, letting his stout body sink into an armchair beside her.
"Well, Prince, may God give you great luck!" said Matrena in her gypsy accent.
Hard as it may be, I'll tell them all to hold their tongues and will hide it from the count.
"And where is your brother-in-law now, if I may ask?" he said.
On the twenty-ninth of May Napoleon left Dresden, where he had spent three weeks surrounded by a court that included princes, dukes, kings, and even an emperor.
Such demands as to retreat beyond the Vistula and Oder may be made to a Prince of Baden, but not to me!
Has he not thought that I may do the same? and he turned inquiringly to Balashev, and evidently this thought turned him back on to the track of his morning's anger, which was still fresh in him.
Before joining the Western Army which was then, in May, encamped at Drissa, Prince Andrew visited Bald Hills which was directly on his way, being only two miles off the Smolensk highroad.
"Be he what he may" (they always began like that), "he is an honest, practical man and we have nobody better.
"Teach me what I should do, how to live my life, how I may grow good forever, forever!" she pleaded.
May the ruin he hopes to bring upon us recoil on his own head, and may Europe delivered from bondage glorify the name of Russia!
May the ruin he hopes to bring upon us recoil on his own head, and may Europe delivered from bondage glorify the name of Russia!
They may die tomorrow; why are they thinking of anything but death?
May I come with you? he asked.
"I hope I may now congratulate Your Majesty on a victory?" said he.
"Well, yes," said she, "it may be that he has other sentiments for me than those of a father, but that is not a reason for me to shut my door on him.
"And who may you be?" one of them suddenly asked Pierre, evidently meaning what Pierre himself had in mind, namely: "If you want to eat we'll give you some food, only let us know whether you are an honest man."
They may, he said.
Makar Alexeevich, the brother of my late master--may the kingdom of heaven be his--has remained here, but he is in a weak state as you know, said the old servant.
You may be proud of it!
Colonel Michaud, do not forget what I say to you here, perhaps we may recall it with pleasure someday...
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!"
"It may be a mistake," thought the old commander-in-chief.
The battle of Tarutino obviously did not attain the aim Toll had in view--to lead the troops into action in the order prescribed by the dispositions; nor that which Count Orlov-Denisov may have had in view-- to take Murat prisoner; nor the result of immediately destroying the whole corps, which Bennigsen and others may have had in view; nor the aim of the officer who wished to go into action to distinguish himself; nor that of the Cossack who wanted more booty than he got, and so on.
(2) Such supplies will be bought from them at such prices as seller and buyer may agree on, and if a seller is unable to obtain a fair price he will be free to take his goods back to his village and no one may hinder him under any pretense.
May I speak to him?
May I stay with you? cried Petya.
Only, please let me command something, so that I may really command...
May I call in that boy who was taken prisoner and give him something to eat?...
For you'll admit that if we don't know for sure how many of them there are... hundreds of lives may depend on it, while there are only two of us.
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.
While they were strong we didn't spare ourselves, but now we may even pity them.
You may want us one of these days.
"Strange and impossible as such happiness seems, I must do everything that she and I may be man and wife," he told himself.
If I may take the liberty, your excellency, it would be a good thing.
I cannot propose to her at present, but the thought that perhaps she might someday be my wife and that I may be missing that possibility... that possibility... is terrible.
You think I may hope?
But I may come again tomorrow?
"I may have appeared strange and queer then," he thought, "but I was not so mad as I seemed.
Andrew may wake him.
"May I kiss Mamma?" he asked Natasha.
But you know you may be unfair.
If the purpose of marriage is the family, the person who wishes to have many wives or husbands may perhaps obtain much pleasure, but in that case will not have a family.
But you also say that our oath of allegiance is a conditional matter, and to that I reply: 'You are my best friend, as you know, but if you formed a secret society and began working against the government- -be it what it may--I know it is my duty to obey the government.
And you may argue about that as you like!
Whatever he may tell me, I will do it.
I only pray God that something may happen to me such as happened to Plutarch's men, and I will act as they did.
The historians of culture are quite consistent in regard to their progenitors, the writers of universal histories, for if historical events may be explained by the fact that certain persons treated one another in such and such ways, why not explain them by the fact that such and such people wrote such and such books?
Undoubtedly some relation exists between all who live contemporaneously, and so it is possible to find some connection between the intellectual activity of men and their historical movements, just as such a connection may be found between the movements of humanity and commerce, handicraft, gardening, or anything else you please.
But not to speak of the intrinsic quality of histories of this kind (which may possibly even be of use to someone for something) the histories of culture, to which all general histories tend more and more to approximate, are significant from the fact that after seriously and minutely examining various religious, philosophic, and political doctrines as causes of events, as soon as they have to describe an actual historic event such as the campaign of 1812 for instance, they involuntarily describe it as resulting from an exercise of power--and say plainly that that was the result of Napoleon's will.
The theory of the transference of the collective will of the people to historic persons may perhaps explain much in the domain of jurisprudence and be essential for its purposes, but in its application to history, as soon as revolutions, conquests, or civil wars occur--that is, as soon as history begins--that theory explains nothing.
Whatever happens and whoever may stand at the head of affairs, the theory can always say that such and such a person took the lead because the collective will was transferred to him.
But to know what can and what cannot be executed is impossible, not only in the case of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in which millions participated, but even in the simplest event, for in either case millions of obstacles may arise to prevent its execution.
A military organization may be quite correctly compared to a cone, of which the base with the largest diameter consists of the rank and file; the next higher and smaller section of the cone consists of the next higher grades of the army, and so on to the apex, the point of which will represent the commander-in-chief.
But wherever it may turn there always will be the wave anticipating its movement.
He feels that however impossible it may be, it is so, for without this conception of freedom not only would he be unable to understand life, but he would be unable to live for a single moment.
Whatever presentation of the activity of many men or of an individual we may consider, we always regard it as the result partly of man's free will and partly of the law of inevitability.
(3) However much the difficulty of understanding the causes may be increased, we never reach a conception of complete freedom, that is, an absence of cause.
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.
(3) However accessible may be the chain of causation of any action, we shall never know the whole chain since it is endless, and so again we never reach absolute inevitability.
From the standpoint from which the science of history now regards its subject on the path it now follows, seeking the causes of events in man's freewill, a scientific enunciation of those laws is impossible, for however man's free will may be restricted, as soon as we recognize it as a force not subject to law, the existence of law becomes impossible.
Be it as it may, both seem happy as pigeons in a bird bath with their modest lives.
He may have spent time there or read about the place; we only had his word to the contrary.
So there's no concern these visions may stop completely?
What's more, it may get worse.
"I may have violated our secrecy code," I told her as I slipped into bed.
I may have to work on improving that.
I may be dead wrong, but I for one say, go for it.
He may have harbored suspicions but he'd closeted his curiosity.
He may understand you need the specific time of the incident.
May I call you Brenda?
I truly believe he may be interested in doing the same to you.
"May I babysit for Clair sometime after I move up to Keene?" she asked, then turned to Betsy and added, "And maybe take Bumpus for walks?"
If I am unsuccessful there are others who may hold the answers I demand and I now have plans to get them as well.
We may be slipping and sliding but we're still operational.
If I can slip them, I may be able to help.
It's not a solution but it will help a lot more than doing nothing while this guy may be getting closer.
The poor old woman may have believed it herself.
He may have been doing his dirty deeds twenty years or more.
It may be temporary.
Betty-Boop or whatever your name is, if you tarry much longer I may be forced to introduce myself, though taking you, at least at this time, would cause a mild alteration to my carefully formulated plans.
"May we help you?" she asked.
I am in no hurry to resign my office and be planted, you may be sure.
"But WE mus'n't eat them," the Wizard warned the children, "or we too may become invisible, and lose each other.
You may GO down, but you can only CLIMB up.
"You may be right," replied the Wizard, "but we're a little particular about associating with strangers.
We've been in the dark quite a while, and you may as well explain what has happened.
"Well, then," said the teacher, "you may take your slate and go out behind the schoolhouse for half an hour.
The poet went on: May each morning bring thee some new joy.
May each evening see that all thy wishes have been performed.
Yes, I think we may risk it.
It may be that the hand of the Lord is in this.
Then we may be sure that he will never trouble us again.
You may believe the story that you like best.
"This may be the last great day," he said.
"May a poor traveler find rest and shelter here for the night?" he asked.
If you have a mind to make haste, we may surprise them.
It must be written down so that people in other places and in other times may hear it read and sung.
You may bring mine with you.
I may be connected to other people, but still it is all about me.
And you may say, "Meh."
Of course, the system only shapes decisions insofar as you take its guidance, which begs the question: Will people follow suggestions they may not fully understand?
You may be thinking that choosing the right place to eat Italian food doesn't constitute wisdom in a King Solomon kind of way.
And as with ignorance, we may already have much of the data we need to find solutions.
I think it is likely that the answers to almost all our medical problems could be found in the data we may already be collecting.
It may have some limit in theory, because there is an optimal arrangement of atoms in the universe; but for practical purposes, it has no limit.
As I have pointed out, technology may in fact have limits, but we do not know what they are.
Although the poor may not believe that wealth is attainable for them, they do not want to rock the boat and risk disrupting the system that guarantees them at least some income.
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.
It is a shame that de Tocqueville's voluntary associations aren't more prominent around the world today—but in the future, they may be.
And one person's solution may be another person's problem.
We tend to notice every time the expected effect is triggered by the cause, but may not notice all the times it isn't.
At times, it may be best to just enjoy the meal and not ask too many questions.
So this sad experience may have done me good and set me thinking on some of the problems of composition.
TO MISS CAROLINE DERBY South Boston, May 9, 1892.
Please let Bishop Brooks know our plans, so that he may arrange to be with us.
One may almost doubt if the wisest man has learned anything of absolute value by living.
Here is a hogshead of molasses or of brandy directed to John Smith, Cuttingsville, Vermont, some trader among the Green Mountains, who imports for the farmers near his clearing, and now perchance stands over his bulkhead and thinks of the last arrivals on the coast, how they may affect the price for him, telling his customers this moment, as he has told them twenty times before this morning, that he expects some by the next train of prime quality.
May I? he added in a low voice so as not to disturb the vicomte who was continuing his story.
Tell me what news I may take back to my poor boy.
Even in the best, most friendly and simplest relations of life, praise and commendation are essential, just as grease is necessary to wheels that they may run smoothly.
Everybody is wondering to whom the count will leave his fortune, though he may perhaps outlive us all, as I sincerely hope he will...
"May I ask you," said Pierre, "what village that is in front?"
But wherever it may be, many a man will be missing tomorrow! he remarked.
For people accustomed to think that plans of campaign and battles are made by generals--as any one of us sitting over a map in his study may imagine how he would have arranged things in this or that battle--the questions present themselves: Why did Kutuzov during the retreat not do this or that?
He says they may! whispered Natasha.
We may be mistaken.
All that may be so and mankind is ready to agree with it, but it is not what was asked.
You may do that tomorrow if you wish.
She may be out of the loop for a short time.
We may not choose to—we may choose eating cheesecake and bacon over living an estimated extra 2.4 months longer.
As April slipped into May and the last threat of frost passed, she began planting them in the garden.
Perhaps I may prove useful to your Serene Highness.
He may not have had time to speak to her.
"Well, then, you know more than anyone else, be it who it may," said Prince Andrew.
And if you like I will tell you that whatever happens and whatever muddles those at the top may make, we shall win tomorrow's battle.
The records may have been destroyed.
Tomorrow, happen what may, we shall win!
"You may need them, some time," he said, "and there is really no use in my manufacturing these things unless somebody uses them."