If you have nothing better to do, Count (or Prince), and if the prospect of spending an evening with a poor invalid is not too terrible, I shall be very charmed to see you tonight between 7 and 10--Annette Scherer.
Was it greedy to want one of their own as well?
Alex was doing everything in his power to provide her with all the experiences of a natural mother.
If anything could take her mind off the worry of surrogacy, he could.
"Are you afraid of getting fired?" she asked with a grin.
But then, she hadn't approved of his drinking or the way he treated Lori either.
He was respectful of her concerns, but they didn't see eye-to-eye on any of it - except the fact that they both wanted another child.
These spires were like great spear-points, and if they tumbled upon one of them they were likely to suffer serious injury.
Very likely he has stopped to take care of them.
A middle-aged man, handsome and virile, in the uniform of a retired naval officer, was speaking in one of the rooms, and a small crowd was pressing round him.
Count Ilya Rostov, in a military uniform of Catherine's time, was sauntering with a pleasant smile among the crowd, with all of whom he was acquainted.
Pierre pushed his way into the middle of the group, listened, and convinced himself that the man was indeed a liberal, but of views quite different from his own.
The naval officer spoke in a particularly sonorous, musical, and aristocratic baritone voice, pleasantly swallowing his r's and generally slurring his consonants: the voice of a man calling out to his servant, Heah!
It was indicative of dissipation and the exercise of authority.
The nobility don't gwudge theah lives--evewy one of us will go and bwing in more wecwuits, and the sov'weign" (that was the way he referred to the Emperor) "need only say the word and we'll all die fo' him!" added the orator with animation.
He hardened his heart against the senator who was introducing this set and narrow attitude into the deliberations of the nobility.
It was the first time she thought of Katie that way.
Are you down here taking inventory or doing a lot of thinking?
He was head of the house - the one who made final decisions.
Her sigh was a mixture of contentment and relief.
"Goodness!" she cried, grasping the iron rail of the seat.
Around it were arranged, like the five points of a star, the other five brilliant balls; one being rose colored, one violet, one yellow, one blue and one orange.
They began to wonder if there were no people to inhabit this magnificent city of the inner world.
The four lawyers rode along, one behind another; for the pathway was narrow, and the mud on each side of it was deep.
He too approached that group and listened with a kindly smile and nods of approval, as he always did, to what the speaker was saying.
If the noble awistocwacy of the pwovince of Moscow thinks fit, it can show its loyalty to our sov'weign the Empewah in other ways.
Have we fo'gotten the waising of the militia in the yeah 'seven?
"I think that before discussing these questions," Pierre continued, "we should ask the Emperor--most respectfully ask His Majesty--to let us know the number of our troops and the position in which our army and our forces now are, and then..."
He parked the truck in front of the house and headed down the hill.
If Alex knew that, he gave no indication - and she had no intention of telling him.
Once the fire of passion was gone, it was embarrassing.
The retired naval man was speaking very boldly, as was evident from the expression on the faces of the listeners and from the fact that some people Pierre knew as the meekest and quietest of men walked away disapprovingly or expressed disagreement with him.
Many persons withdrew from the circle, noticing the senator's sarcastic smile and the freedom of Pierre's remarks.
Adraksin was in uniform, and whether as a result of the uniform or from some other cause Pierre saw before him quite a different man.
With a sudden expression of malevolence on his aged face, Adraksin shouted at Pierre:
The troops are moved according to the enemy's movements and the number of men increases and decreases...
The enemy is advancing to destroy Russia, to desecrate the tombs of our fathers, to carry off our wives and children.
"We will all arise, every one of us will go, for our father the Tsar!" he shouted, rolling his bloodshot eyes.
We are Russians and will not grudge our blood in defense of our faith, the throne, and the Fatherland!
We must cease raving if we are sons of our Fatherland!
He felt that his words, apart from what meaning they conveyed, were less audible than the sound of his opponent's voice.
Count Rostov at the back of the crowd was expressing approval; several persons, briskly turning a shoulder to the orator at the end of a phrase, said: