They had two adopted children already.
As she passed a neighbor boy, he waved at her, his two missing front teeth displayed in a sweet smile.
Two children, brother and sister, were on their way to school.
He doesn't need two nannies does he?
She must have two footmen behind her carriage, and very big ones.
The next moment two bees flew eagerly in.
I worked with him for two years before I discovered who he really was.
Fast food chains optimize for two of them: taste and price, at the expense of nutrition.
The storm has blown two of the little ones out of the nest.
The schoolhouse was two or three miles from home, but he did not mind the long walk through the woods and over the hills.
On the seat opposite me sat my big rag doll, Nancy, in a new gingham dress and a beruffled sunbonnet, looking at me out of two bead eyes.
Two thoughts crossed her mind simultaneously.
Two or three times we stopped to rest under a tree by the wayside.
In fact, she had spent the last two weeks wallowing in self-pity.
Eleni is CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, which works like this: Farmers in Ethiopia bring their crops to any of two hundred market centers around the country.
"Go!" cried Zeb; and at the word the two horses leaped forward and the race was begun.
So she called her two sons.
The window frame which prevented anyone from sitting on the outer sill was being forced out by two footmen, who were evidently flurried and intimidated by the directions and shouts of the gentlemen around.
When Pierre saw the Emperor he was coming out accompanied by two merchants, one of whom Pierre knew, a fat otkupshchik.
It was going to be nice having nothing to do but enjoy their little family for the next two weeks.
The queen was standing quite near to it with the two wreaths still in her hands.
After a great deal of tinkering and trying, they did succeed in making two paddle wheels.
Anatole brought two candles and placed them on the window sill, though it was already quite light.
Pressed by the throng against the high backs of the chairs, the orators spoke one after another and sometimes two together.
What have you two been arguing about, and why did you kiss your brother like that?
Sometimes two or three faithful friends were with him.
In 2009, pi was calculated to more than two trillion digits—in less than thirty hours.
Susie had kittens, and two of them had folded ears as well.
His satellites--the senior clerk, a countinghouse clerk, a scullery maid, a cook, two old women, a little pageboy, the coachman, and various domestic serfs--were seeing him off.
Two weeks before the arrest, she dissolved the remainder of their relationship.
So they unharnessed Jim and took the saddle off the Sawhorse, and the two queerly matched animals were stood side by side for the start.
"I saw two hundred of them in the village below us," said one of his officers.
When nations are young and when they are poor, they usually focus on two things: the military and civil order.
Given so many different nutritional theories and viewpoints, most people base their own nutritional philosophies on a combination of two factors: personal experience and social/political worldview.
The Emperor entered the hall through a broad path between two lines of nobles.
At the porch he met two of the landed gentry, one of whom he knew.
Alpatych moved forward and next time the official came out addressed him, one hand placed in the breast of his buttoned coat, and handed him two letters.
There were two of them.
As she glanced up, Morino and Alex started down the stairs, the tall lanky foreman taking two at a time.
But a lot more complicated for the other two, maybe.
Like two bull Elk, they were each so focused on pushing the other back that they had forgotten anyone else existed.
The biggest thing you two have against each other is that you're so much alike.
There had been two cancellations on a flight and Alex grabbed them.
You wouldn't get two miles into those woods before you were lost.
Lisa watched the two of them, sensing that there was something neither of them wanted to mention.
With this he caught up two of the piglets and pushed them together, so that the two were one.
Several minutes were consumed in silent admiration before they noticed two very singular and unusual facts about this valley.
"But, at that time," said the Wizard, thoughtfully, "there were two Good Witches and two Wicked Witches ruling in the land."
They had walked a mile or two towards home, when they came to the edge of a narrow and deep ravine.
The two boys stood at his knees, and his wife sat at his side.
So the governor called two of his trusted officers and told them to carry the tripod to Priene and offer it to Bias.
They lived more than two thousand years ago, and each one helped to make his country famous.
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.
Aside from two laboratory samples, one in the United States and one in Russia, it does not exist on the planet.
Two things were known at the time about smallpox, also called variola.
In 1958, with smallpox still killing two million people a year, the World Health Organization pledged to eradicate it.
Two years later, an anthrax vaccine; the year after that, a rabies vaccine.
Then you ask the computer for any other statistical anomalies between these two populations.
After all, we both have ten fingers, two lungs, and a tongue located in our mouth.
And it really is composed of two separate components that need to be understood in their own right.
One can imagine two children each with a bag of jelly beans.
Trading is able to create value for two reasons.
If these two advances could be combined, we would have a supply of solar energy that was cheap, abundant, and environmentally benign.
Technological advances that displace human workers are similar in effect to two other concepts with which we are very familiar in the modern age: outsourcing and free trade.
Consider two examples of this.
Say you have two countries in the world.
In the past two centuries with very little technology, we've come from whale oil and wood to solar and nuclear.
Let's address that by looking at two phenomena: the changing definitions of poverty over time, and the effect of a large gap between the incomes of the rich and poor.
In 2009, in the United States of America, the poverty threshold for a single person under sixty-five was about $11,000 a year; the threshold for a family group of four, including two children, was about $22,000 a year.
Expropriation is an act that simultaneously violates two of the three ingredients for prosperity that I have enumerated: private property and rule of law.
After the death of Gracchus, a conservative government under Sulla withdrew the subsidy, but shortly afterward, in a period of great unrest, restored it, and two hundred thousand persons stood in line.
Three centuries later, it became a hereditary right and came with a daily ration of two pounds of bread ("Hey, you don't expect us to cook the free grain, do you?") and occasionally included meat, olive oil, and salt.
Like a TV star that doesn't scale back his expenses after his show is cancelled, these benefits expand, not contract, during periods of economic decline, for two main reasons.
People in these jobs know two states: working, which they do not enjoy, and relaxation, which is far better.
I base that expectation in part on the fact that today, many of us already live in more comfort than the richest king in the world did two hundred years ago.
After touring the United States for more than nine months in the 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville returned to his native France and penned the two-volume Democracy in America.
Around 1600, the Elizabethan Poor Law came into effect and lasted more than two centuries.
Food also serves two other purposes.
Over the next three years, forty-two folded-ear cats were born, and with them a new breed.
UNICEF has said a program that gives children two large doses a year of vitamin A could all but eliminate VAD, although more frequent, smaller doses would be better.
The Bulgarian king Samuel was so stricken by the sight of his mighty army staggering back home that he suffered a stroke and died two days later.
When the Soviet Union dissolved only two years later, not with a bang but with a whimper, we were slack-jawed with surprise.
I had not heard anyone predict even the possibility of these two events before they came upon us, in what seemed the blink of an eye.
You could have the libertarian state, the green state, the clothing-optional state, the state with free public housing for all, the state where puns are outlawed, the state with a two-drink minimum, the fiercely pro-business state—even a state that guarantees free speech but requires that you sing your speech like a show tune.
Because of this, "two bits" is still slang for twenty-five cents in the United States.
This was done in large part because the two powers came so close to going to war over the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Two examples: the Battle of New Orleans, fought after the treaty ending the War of 1812 was signed; and the Battle of Palmito Ranch, fought a month after the Civil War ended.
I mention FactCheck and Snopes as two examples of the many enterprises on the Internet that subject every government utterance to scrutiny in something approximating real time.
You still can buy it from the government's bookstore; a recent one ran about two thousand pages and cost about $200.
Two interesting government programs are under way in the United States, according to a June 2011 article in The New York Times.
But learning two languages comes at a cost.
Keeping that one comes at a large financial price: Learn proficiency at two languages or remain separate from the world economy.
In Central and South America in 2000 were eighteen million Internet users; today, more than two hundred million.
As of the end of 2012, the Internet has more than two billion users.
By 2020, it is estimated that five billion people will be online, representing two-thirds the population of the planet.
In World War I, in the Battle of the Somme, were over a million casualties, and the action advanced the Allied line just seven miles, or about two deaths for every inch of ground.
Infuriated, the king disowns the honest daughter and gives the kingdom to the two deceptive daughters.
Later that evening when Simonides was at a banquet with Scopas, he got word that two young men were outside looking for him.
Two millennia later, it is fair to assume that humans are still capable of this kind of memory.
After staring for two or three minutes, Ambrose turned a page and continued staring.
Sometimes I stood between two persons who were conversing and touched their lips.
One child was six years old, the other two or three years older.
The family consisted of my father and mother, two older half-brothers, and, afterward, a little sister, Mildred.
I pulled two beads off and indicated to her that I wanted her to sew them on my doll.
When I next saw her she was a formless heap of cotton, which I should not have recognized at all except for the two bead eyes which looked out at me reproachfully.
For two years he seems to have held the belief that Miss Sullivan and I were innocent.
The two years in New York were happy ones, and I look back to them with genuine pleasure.
My mind stirred with the stirring times, and the characters round which the life of two contending nations centred seemed to move right before me.
If I passed with higher credit in the preliminaries than in the finals, there are two reasons.
Two days before the examinations, Mr. Vining sent me a braille copy of one of the old Harvard papers in algebra.
It comes over me that in the last two or three pages of this chapter I have used figures which will turn the laugh against me.
And read I did, whether I understood one word in ten or two words on a page.
We were sitting together in a hammock which swung from two solemn pines at a short distance from the house.
During the next two years I read many books at my home and on my visits to Boston.
The chessmen are of two sizes, the white larger than the black, so that I have no trouble in following my opponent's maneuvers by moving my hands lightly over the board after a play.
Bishop Brooks taught me no special creed or dogma; but he impressed upon my mind two great ideas--the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, and made me feel that these truths underlie all creeds and forms of worship.
I read from Mark Twain's lips one or two of his good stories.
I shall mention only two other friends.
So these selections from Miss Keller's correspondence are made with two purposes--to show her development and to preserve the most entertaining and significant passages from several hundred letters.
Except for two or three important letters of 1901, these selections cease with the year 1900.
Two words are almost illegible, and the angular print slants in every direction.
The next two letters mention her visit in January to her relatives in Memphis, Tennessee.
I was very happy to receive pretty book and nice candy and two letters from you.
With much love and two kisses From your little friend HELEN A. KELLER.
When we went home we saw eight rabbits and two fat puppies, and a nice little white pony, and two wee kittens and a pretty curly dog named Don.
I have two tame pigeons and a tiny canary bird.
Grandmother is going to make me two new dresses.
I think she would like to put her two soft arms around your neck and hug you.
I wish you could be here to play three little squirrels, and two gentle doves, and to make a pretty nest for a dear little robin.
I had two or three hundred others and thine was one of the most welcome of all.
It is undated, but must have been written two or three months before it was published.
The tea brought more than two thousand dollars for the blind children.
Within two miles of the Falls is a wonderful suspension bridge.
It is thrown across the gorge at a height of two hundred and fifty-eight feet above the water and is supported on each bank by towers of solid rock, which are eight hundred feet apart.
The two distinguished authors were very gentle and kind, and I could not tell which of them I loved best.
The next two letters were written just after the death of Mr. John P. Spaulding.
Almost two weeks ago we called at Mr. Hutton's and had a delightful time.
As to the two-handed alphabet, I think it is much easier for those who have sight than the manual alphabet; for most of the letters look like the large capitals in books; but I think when it comes to teaching a deaf-blind person to spell, the manual alphabet is much more convenient, and less conspicuous....
My friends thought we might have one or two pupils in our own home, thereby securing to me the advantage of being helpful to others without any of the disadvantages of a large school.
Many of my friends would be well pleased if I would take two or even one course a year, but I rather object to spending the rest of my life in college....
This little boy could speak two or three languages before he lost his hearing through sickness, and he is now only about five years old.
Mark Twain has said that the two most interesting characters of the nineteenth century are Napoleon and Helen Keller.
Miss Keller has two watches, which have been given her.
After Laura's education had progressed for two months with the use only of raised letters, Dr. Howe sent one of his teachers to learn the manual alphabet from a deaf-mute.
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.
There are two other reasons why Miss Sullivan's records are incomplete.
Why, one might just as well say that a two-year-old child converses fluently when he says 'apple give,' or 'baby walk go.'
They said somebody had met every train for two days.
The two letters "c-a," you see, had reminded her of Fridays "lesson"--not that she had any idea that cake was the name of the thing, but it was simply a matter of association, I suppose.
I shook my head and took them all off and made her feel of the two wooden beads and the one glass bead.
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.
I suppose I shall have many such battles with the little woman before she learns the only two essential things I can teach her, obedience and love.
The struggle lasted for nearly two hours.
She lets me kiss her now, and when she is in a particularly gentle mood, she will sit in my lap for a minute or two; but she does not return my caresses.
I think she understood perfectly well; for she slapped her hand two or three times and shook her head.
When we first played this game two or three days ago, she showed no ingenuity at all in finding the object.
Usually we take one of the little "Readers" up in a big tree near the house and spend an hour or two finding the words Helen already knows.
Besides the chickens, we have several other additions to the family--two calves, a colt, and a penful of funny little pigs.
I have two copies, and will send you one; but you mustn't show it to anybody.
I had two letters from Mr. Anagnos last week.
For the first lesson I had two balls, one made of worsted, large and soft, the other a bullet.
Of course, she hung her stocking--two of them lest Santa Claus should forget one, and she lay awake for a long time and got up two or three times to see if anything had happened.
Two of the teachers knew the manual alphabet, and talked to her without an interpreter.
In two or three months after I began to teach her she would say: "Helen wants to go to bed," or, "Helen is sleepy, and Helen will go to bed."
During the next two years neither Mr. Anagnos, who was in Europe for a year, nor Miss Sullivan wrote anything about Helen Keller for publication.
It was the first two years that counted.
The intellectual improvement which Helen has made in the past two years is shown more clearly in her greater command of language and in her ability to recognize nicer shades of meaning in the use of words, than in any other branch of her education.
She often reads for two or three hours in succession, and then lays aside her book reluctantly.
During the first two years of her intellectual life, I required Helen to write very little.
Her speech lacks variety and modulation; it runs in a sing-song when she is reading aloud; and when she speaks with fair degree of loudness, it hovers about two or three middle tones.
She was at work upon it about two weeks, writing a little each day, at her own pleasure.
She thinks it is wonderful that two people should write stories so much alike; but she still considers her own as original.
He has two neighbours, who live still farther north; one is King Winter, a cross and churlish old monarch, who is hard and cruel, and delights in making the poor suffer and weep; but the other neighbour is Santa Claus, a fine, good-natured, jolly old soul, who loves to do good, and who brings presents to the poor, and to nice little children at Christmas.
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.
After all, sight and hearing are but two of the beautiful blessings which God had given me.
They have no friend Iolaus to burn with a hot iron the root of the hydra's head, but as soon as one head is crushed, two spring up.
I sometimes try my acquaintances by such tests as this--Who could wear a patch, or two extra seams only, over the knee?
Of two patterns which differ only by a few threads more or less of a particular color, the one will be sold readily, the other lie on the shelf, though it frequently happens that after the lapse of a season the latter becomes the most fashionable.
She lighted a lamp to show me the inside of the roof and the walls, and also that the board floor extended under the bed, warning me not to step into the cellar, a sort of dust hole two feet deep.
In her own words, they were "good boards overhead, good boards all around, and a good window"--of two whole squares originally, only the cat had passed out that way lately.
One early thrush gave me a note or two as I drove along the woodland path.
I have thus a tight shingled and plastered house, ten feet wide by fifteen long, and eight-feet posts, with a garret and a closet, a large window on each side, two trap doors, one door at the end, and a brick fireplace opposite.
It was, for nearly two years after this, rye and Indian meal without yeast, potatoes, rice, a very little salt pork, molasses, and salt; and my drink, water.
It would seem that I made it according to the recipe which Marcus Porcius Cato gave about two centuries before Christ.
My furniture, part of which I made myself--and the rest cost me nothing of which I have not rendered an account--consisted of a bed, a table, a desk, three chairs, a looking-glass three inches in diameter, a pair of tongs and andirons, a kettle, a skillet, and a frying-pan, a dipper, a wash-bowl, two knives and forks, three plates, one cup, one spoon, a jug for oil, a jug for molasses, and a japanned lamp.
The Mexicans also practised a similar purification at the end of every fifty-two years, in the belief that it was time for the world to come to an end.
I heard it proposed lately that two young men should travel together over the world, the one without money, earning his means as he went, before the mast and behind the plow, the other carrying a bill of exchange in his pocket.
The present was my next experiment of this kind, which I purpose to describe more at length, for convenience putting the experience of two years into one.
I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
To speak critically, I never received more than one or two letters in my life--I wrote this some years ago--that were worth the postage.
I read one or two shallow books of travel in the intervals of my work, till that employment made me ashamed of myself, and I asked where it was then that I lived.
As they come under one horizon, they shout their warning to get off the track to the other, heard sometimes through the circles of two towns.
How far apart, think you, dwell the two most distant inhabitants of yonder star, the breadth of whose disk cannot be appreciated by our instruments?
I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.
The sun is alone, except in thick weather, when there sometimes appear to be two, but one is a mock sun.
You want room for your thoughts to get into sailing trim and run a course or two before they make their port.
In my house we were so near that we could not begin to hear--we could not speak low enough to be heard; as when you throw two stones into calm water so near that they break each other's undulations.
At one o'clock the next day Massasoit "brought two fishes that he had shot," about thrice as big as a bream.
This meal only we had in two nights and a day; and had not one of us bought a partridge, we had taken our journey fasting.
That's Roman wormwood--that's pigweed--that's sorrel--that's piper-grass--have at him, chop him up, turn his roots upward to the sun, don't let him have a fibre in the shade, if you do he'll turn himself t' other side up and be as green as a leek in two days.
Thus I caught two fishes as it were with one hook.
All our Concord waters have two colors at least; one when viewed at a distance, and another, more proper, close at hand.
The shore is composed of a belt of smooth rounded white stones like paving-stones, excepting one or two short sand beaches, and is so steep that in many places a single leap will carry you into water over your head; and were it not for its remarkable transparency, that would be the last to be seen of its bottom till it rose on the opposite side.
I can remember when it was a foot or two lower, and also when it was at least five feet higher, than when I lived by it.
It was made of two white pine logs dug out and pinned together, and was cut off square at the ends.
Looking farther, I was surprised to find that the chips were covered with such combatants, that it was not a duellum, but a bellum, a war between two races of ants, the red always pitted against the black, and frequently two red ones to one black.
Two killed on the patriots' side, and Luther Blanchard wounded!
At rumor of his arrival all the Mill-dam sportsmen are on the alert, in gigs and on foot, two by two and three by three, with patent rifles and conical balls and spy-glasses.
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.
He brought his own knife, though I had two, and we used to scour them by thrusting them into the earth.
I had in my cellar a firkin of potatoes, about two quarts of peas with the weevil in them, and on my shelf a little rice, a jug of molasses, and of rye and Indian meal a peck each.
I might have got good limestone within a mile or two and burned it myself, if I had cared to do so.
The new ice had formed around and under the bubble, so that it was included between the two ices.
After soaking two years and then lying high six months it was perfectly sound, though waterlogged past drying.
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.
I have visited two such Bottomless Ponds in one walk in this neighborhood.
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.
In order to see how nearly I could guess, with this experience, at the deepest point in a pond, by observing the outlines of a surface and the character of its shores alone, I made a plan of White Pond, which contains about forty-one acres, and, like this, has no island in it, nor any visible inlet or outlet; and as the line of greatest breadth fell very near the line of least breadth, where two opposite capes approached each other and two opposite bays receded, I ventured to mark a point a short distance from the latter line, but still on the line of greatest length, as the deepest.
Such a rule of the two diameters not only guides us toward the sun in the system and the heart in man, but draws lines through the length and breadth of the aggregate of a man's particular daily behaviors and waves of life into his coves and inlets, and where they intersect will be the height or depth of his character.
When two legs of my level were on the shore and the third on the ice, and the sights were directed over the latter, a rise or fall of the ice of an almost infinitesimal amount made a difference of several feet on a tree across the pond.
There is a canal two rods wide along the northerly and westerly sides, and wider still at the east end.
Why has fate given you two such splendid children?
It was St. Natalia's day and the name day of two of the Rostovs--the mother and the youngest daughter--both named Nataly.
The two young men, the student and the officer, friends from childhood, were of the same age and both handsome fellows, though not alike.
But as she passed the sitting room she noticed two couples sitting, one pair at each window.
It's now two o'clock and you dine at four.
Entering the drawing room, where the princesses spent most of their time, he greeted the ladies, two of whom were sitting at embroidery frames while a third read aloud.
The two younger ones were embroidering: both were rosy and pretty and they differed only in that one had a little mole on her lip which made her much prettier.
The count sat on the sofa between two guests who were smoking and talking.
His favorite occupation when not playing boston, a card game he was very fond of, was that of listener, especially when he succeeded in setting two loquacious talkers at one another.
Then just think what can be done with two hundred and thirty rubles!
Of the two soups he chose turtle with savory patties and went on to the game without omitting a single dish or one of the wines.
The card tables were drawn out, sets made up for boston, and the count's visitors settled themselves, some in the two drawing rooms, some in the sitting room, some in the library.
A day or two, then bliss unspoilt, But oh! till then I cannot live!...
In this room it was almost dark; only two tiny lamps were burning before the icons and there was a pleasant scent of flowers and burnt pastilles.
While he was getting down from the carriage steps two men, who looked like tradespeople, ran hurriedly from the entrance and hid in the shadow of the wall.
They went into the reception room familiar to Pierre, with two Italian windows opening into the conservatory, with its large bust and full length portrait of Catherine the Great.
Not two minutes had passed before Prince Vasili with head erect majestically entered the room.
This lasted about two minutes, which to Pierre seemed an hour.
Now this same room was dimly lighted by two candles.
"Permit me, Princess, to know what is necessary and what is not necessary," said the younger of the two speakers, evidently in the same state of excitement as when she had slammed the door of her room.
His cheeks, which were so flabby that they looked heavier below, were twitching violently; but he wore the air of a man little concerned in what the two ladies were saying.
"I don't even know what is in this paper," said the younger of the two ladies, addressing Prince Vasili and pointing to an inlaid portfolio she held in her hand.
But Anna Mikhaylovna went forward a step or two to keep her hold on the portfolio, and changed her grip.
He used to say that there are only two sources of human vice--idleness and superstition, and only two virtues--activity and intelligence.
One of my two brothers is already abroad, the other is with the Guards, who are starting on their march to the frontier.
As for the past two years people have amused themselves by finding husbands for me (most of whom I don't even know), the matchmaking chronicles of Moscow now speak of me as the future Countess Bezukhova.
Between twelve and two o'clock, as the day was mapped out, the prince rested and the princess played the clavichord.
When Prince Andrew went in the two princesses, who had only met once before for a short time at his wedding, were in each other's arms warmly pressing their lips to whatever place they happened to touch.
The two women let go of one another, and then, as if afraid of being too late, seized each other's hands, kissing them and pulling them away, and again began kissing each other on the face, and then to Prince Andrew's surprise both began to cry and kissed again.
He explained how an army, ninety thousand strong, was to threaten Prussia so as to bring her out of her neutrality and draw her into the war; how part of that army was to join some Swedish forces at Stralsund; how two hundred and twenty thousand Austrians, with a hundred thousand Russians, were to operate in Italy and on the Rhine; how fifty thousand Russians and as many English were to land at Naples, and how a total force of five hundred thousand men was to attack the French from different sides.
At that moment the great clock struck two and another with a shrill tone joined in from the drawing room.
Only those things he always kept with him remained in his room; a small box, a large canteen fitted with silver plate, two Turkish pistols and a saber--a present from his father who had brought it from the siege of Ochakov.
These two things can be done together, he added.
Kutuzov and the Austrian general were talking in low voices and Kutuzov smiled slightly as treading heavily he stepped down from the carriage just as if those two thousand men breathlessly gazing at him and the regimental commander did not exist.
Here are two letters from Count Nostitz and here is one from His Highness the Archduke Ferdinand and here are these," he said, handing him several papers, "make a neat memorandum in French out of all this, showing all the news we have had of the movements of the Austrian army, and then give it to his excellency."
On Kutuzov's staff, among his fellow officers and in the army generally, Prince Andrew had, as he had had in Petersburg society, two quite opposite reputations.
The Pavlograd Hussars were stationed two miles from Braunau.
The headquarters were situated two miles away from Salzeneck, and Rostov, without returning home, took a horse and rode there.
There were two Germans and a Russian officer in the room.
Oh, my dear fellow, we're in such a stew here these last two days.
We passed close to the park and saw two deer... and what a splendid house!
Two of the enemy's shots had already flown across the bridge, where there was a crush.
He looked back laughing to the Cossack who stood a few steps behind him holding two horses by their bridles.
The eyes of all the soldiers turned toward the women, and while the vehicle was passing at foot pace all the soldiers' remarks related to the two young ones.
I'd like to put you on a two days' march with a knapsack!
The enemy ceased firing, and that stern, threatening, inaccessible, and intangible line which separates two hostile armies was all the more clearly felt.
The two Pavlograd squadrons, having crossed the bridge, retired up the hill one after the other.
"True enough," answered Nesvitski; "two smart fellows could have done the job just as well."
Then two reports one after another, and a third.
Two were misdirected and the shot went too high, but the last round fell in the midst of a group of hussars and knocked three of them over.
In this action for the first time trophies were taken: banners, cannon, and two enemy generals.
But you meant to stay another two days?
You are faced by one of two things," and the skin over his left temple puckered, "either you will not reach your regiment before peace is concluded, or you will share defeat and disgrace with Kutuzov's whole army."
"Well, I have got all I need into packs for two horses," said Nesvitski.
If Kutuzov decided to retreat along the road from Krems to Olmutz, to unite with the troops arriving from Russia, he risked being forestalled on that road by the French who had crossed the Vienna bridge, and encumbered by his baggage and transport, having to accept battle on the march against an enemy three times as strong, who would hem him in from two sides.
He made some notes on two points, intending to mention them to Bagration.
Two mounted Frenchmen, probably adjutants, were galloping up the hill.
A huge, broad-shouldered gunner, Number One, holding a mop, his legs far apart, sprang to the wheel; while Number Two with a trembling hand placed a charge in the cannon's mouth.
"Lift it two lines more and it will be just right," cried he in a feeble voice to which he tried to impart a dashing note, ill-suited to his weak figure.
"Number Two!" he squeaked.
Prince Bagration ordered two battalions from the center to be sent to reinforce the right flank.
One with a bleeding head and no cap was being dragged along by two soldiers who supported him under the arms.
Turning to his adjutant he ordered him to bring down the two battalions of the Sixth Chasseurs whom they had just passed.
The staff officer joined in the colonel's appeals, but Bagration did not reply; he only gave an order to cease firing and re-form, so as to give room for the two approaching battalions.
The two commanders were much exasperated with one another and, long after the action had begun on the right flank and the French were already advancing, were engaged in discussion with the sole object of offending one another.
The general and colonel looked sternly and significantly at one another like two fighting cocks preparing for battle, each vainly trying to detect signs of cowardice in the other.
"Where, on which side, was now the line that had so sharply divided the two armies?" he asked himself and could not answer.
Then came two more, and many more running behind.
"Your excellency, here are two trophies," said Dolokhov, pointing to the French sword and pouch.
"I... don't..." he muttered, holding up two fingers to his cap.
When having limbered up the only two cannon that remained uninjured out of the four, they began moving down the hill (one shattered gun and one unicorn were left behind), Prince Andrew rode up to Tushin.
It was growing dark and the glow of two conflagrations was the more conspicuous.
After he had gone, two soldiers rushed to the campfire.
They broke up two squares, your excellency.
How was it that two guns were abandoned in the center? he inquired, searching with his eyes for someone.
I went there and found two thirds of the men and horses knocked out, two guns smashed, and no supports at all.
Of these plans he had not merely one or two in his head but dozens, some only beginning to form themselves, some approaching achievement, and some in course of disintegration.
The old aunt received the two young people in her corner, but seemed desirous of hiding her adoration for Helene and inclined rather to show her fear of Anna Pavlovna.
I will invite two or three people, and if he does not understand what he ought to do then it will be my affair--yes, my affair.
It seemed as if the very light of the candles was focused on those two happy faces alone.
Prince Vasili's two valets were busy dressing him, and he looked round with much animation and cheerfully nodded to his son as the latter entered, as if to say: "Yes, that's how I want you to look."
She raised her eyes, and two steps away saw Anatole embracing the Frenchwoman and whispering something to her.
After a brief description of the campaign and the two battles in which he had taken part, and his promotion, Nicholas said that he kissed his father's and mother's hands asking for their blessing, and that he kissed Vera, Natasha, and Petya.
On the twelfth of November, Kutuzov's active army, in camp before Olmutz, was preparing to be reviewed next day by the two Emperors--the Russian and the Austrian.
And the two friends told each other of their doings, the one of his hussar revels and life in the fighting line, the other of the pleasures and advantages of service under members of the Imperial family.
The two Emperors, the Russian with his heir the Tsarevich, and the Austrian with the Archduke, inspected the allied army of eighty thousand men.
A space like a street was left between each two lines of troops.
All were then more confident of victory than the winning of two battles would have made them.
He did not find Prince Andrew in Olmutz that day, but the appearance of the town where the headquarters and the diplomatic corps were stationed and the two Emperors were living with their suites, households, and courts only strengthened his desire to belong to that higher world.
At dawn on the sixteenth of November, Denisov's squadron, in which Nicholas Rostov served and which was in Prince Bagration's detachment, moved from the place where it had spent the night, advancing into action as arranged, and after going behind other columns for about two thirds of a mile was stopped on the highroad.
The Cossacks sold the horse for two gold pieces, and Rostov, being the richest of the officers now that he had received his money, bought it.
Casually, while surveying the squadron, the Emperor's eyes met Rostov's and rested on them for not more than two seconds.
On the eighteenth and nineteenth of November, the army advanced two days' march and the enemy's outposts after a brief interchange of shots retreated.
Rostov spurred his horse, called to Sergeant Fedchenko and two other hussars, told them to follow him, and trotted downhill in the direction from which the shouting came.
He saw over the mist that in a hollow between two hills near the village of Pratzen, the Russian columns, their bayonets glittering, were moving continuously in one direction toward the valley and disappearing one after another into the mist.
Two of them rode side by side in front, at full gallop.
These were the two Emperors followed by their suites.
He was slightly flushed after galloping two miles, and reining in his horse he sighed restfully and looked round at the faces of his suite, young and animated as his own.
The troops again began to move, and two battalions of the Novgorod and one of the Apsheron regiment went forward past the Emperor.
The two generals and the adjutant took hold of the field glass, trying to snatch it from one another.
But at that very instant a cloud of smoke spread all round, firing was heard quite close at hand, and a voice of naive terror barely two steps from Prince Andrew shouted, Brothers!
Bagration knew that as the distance between the two flanks was more than six miles, even if the messenger were not killed (which he very likely would be), and found the commander-in-chief (which would be very difficult), he would not be able to get back before evening.
When he had ridden about two miles and had passed the last of the Russian troops, he saw, near a kitchen garden with a ditch round it, two men on horseback facing the ditch.
"Move on a hundred yards and we are certainly saved, remain here another two minutes and it is certain death," thought each one.
Dolokhov who was in the midst of the crowd forced his way to the edge of the dam, throwing two soldiers off their feet, and ran onto the slippery ice that covered the millpool.
It was Napoleon accompanied by two aides-de-camp.
I must have two hundred pots here on Friday.
Next day, the third of March, soon after one o'clock, two hundred and fifty members of the English Club and fifty guests were awaiting the guest of honor and hero of the Austrian campaign, Prince Bagration, to dinner.
Rostov was talking merrily to his two friends, one of whom was a dashing hussar and the other a notorious duelist and rake, and every now and then he glanced ironically at Pierre, whose preoccupied, absent-minded, and massive figure was a very noticeable one at the dinner.
Well, you see, I'll tell you the whole secret of dueling in two words.
He was entirely absorbed by two considerations: his wife's guilt, of which after his sleepless night he had not the slightest doubt, and the guiltlessness of Dolokhov, who had no reason to preserve the honor of a man who was nothing to him....
Two hours later Prince Andrew, stepping softly, went into his father's room.
I have an adored, a priceless mother, and two or three friends--you among them--and as for the rest I only care about them in so far as they are harmful or useful.
That year two marriages had come of these balls.
For two days after that Rostov did not see Dolokhov at his own or at Dolokhov's home: on the third day he received a note from him:
Some twenty men were gathered round a table at which Dolokhov sat between two candles.
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.
One, two, three... one, two, three...
The postmaster came in and began obsequiously to beg his excellency to wait only two hours, when, come what might, he would let his excellency have the courier horses.
On his right sat the Italian abbe whom Pierre had met at Anna Pavlovna's two years before.
Two of the brothers led Pierre up to the altar, placed his feet at right angles, and bade him lie down, saying that he must prostrate himself at the Gates of the Temple.
There were in the room a child's cot, two boxes, two armchairs, a table, a child's table, and the little chair on which Prince Andrew was sitting.
It was a closely written letter of two sheets from Bilibin.
The building of a new church, previously begun, had cost about 10,000 in each of the last two years, and he did not know how the rest, about 100,000 rubles, was spent, and almost every year he was obliged to borrow.
Returning from his journey through South Russia in the happiest state of mind, Pierre carried out an intention he had long had of visiting his friend Bolkonski, whom he had not seen for two years.
The fences and gates were new and solid; two fire pumps and a water cart, painted green, stood in a shed; the paths were straight, the bridges were strong and had handrails.
I only know two very real evils in life: remorse and illness.
To live for myself avoiding those two evils is my whole philosophy now.
I go to bed after two in the morning, thoughts come and I can't sleep but toss about till dawn, because I think and can't help thinking, just as he can't help plowing and mowing; if he didn't, he would go to the drink shop or fall ill.
Two women ran out after them, and all four, looking round at the carriage, ran in dismay up the steps of the back porch.
And during the two days of the young man's visit he was extremely kind to him and told him to visit them again.
The whole world was divided into two unequal parts: one, our Pavlograd regiment; the other, all the rest.
He received ten thousand rubles a year, but now resolved to take only two thousand and leave the rest to repay the debt to his parents.
The Pavlograd regiment had had only two men wounded in action, but had lost nearly half its men from hunger and sickness.
On each side of the trench, the earth was cut out to a breadth of about two and a half feet, and this did duty for bedsteads and couches.
The weather had cleared up, and near the next hut two officers and a cadet were playing svayka, laughing as they threw their missiles which buried themselves in the soft mud.
A little behind the hussars came Denisov, accompanied by two infantry officers with whom he was talking.
Our men have had nothing to eat for two days.
"And mine have had nothing for two weeks," said Denisov.
The case, as represented by the offended parties, was that, after seizing the transports, Major Denisov, being drunk, went to the chief quartermaster and without any provocation called him a thief, threatened to strike him, and on being led out had rushed into the office and given two officials a thrashing, and dislocated the arm of one of them.
On the previous day Platov reconnoitered with two Cossack regiments and two squadrons of hussars.
Only we two, Makeev and I" (he pointed to the assistant), "keep on here.
It's well that the charitable Prussian ladies send us two pounds of coffee and some lint each month or we should be lost! he laughed.
In the long room, brightly lit up by the sun through the large windows, the sick and wounded lay in two rows with their heads to the walls, and leaving a passage in the middle.
Rostov went to the middle of the room and looking through the open doors into the two adjoining rooms saw the same thing there.
Boris was among the few present at the Niemen on the day the two Emperors met.
Forgetting the danger of being recognized, Rostov went close to the porch, together with some inquisitive civilians, and again, after two years, saw those features he adored: that same face and same look and step, and the same union of majesty and mildness....
Napoleon, without looking, pressed two fingers together and the badge was between them.
Two officers with flushed faces, looking cheerful and happy, passed by Rostov.
Prince Andrew had spent two years continuously in the country.
Two girlish voices sang a musical passage--the end of some song.
Nearly two years before this, in 1808, Pierre on returning to Petersburg after visiting his estates had involuntarily found himself in a leading position among the Petersburg Freemasons.
As soon as we have a certain number of worthy men in every state, each of them again training two others and all being closely united, everything will be possible for our order, which has already in secret accomplished much for the welfare of mankind.
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.
The Rostovs' monetary affairs had not improved during the two years they had spent in the country.
He narrated that episode so persistently and with so important an air that everyone believed in the merit and usefulness of his deed, and he had obtained two decorations for Austerlitz.
The countess was to wear a claret-colored velvet dress, and the two girls white gauze over pink silk slips, with roses on their bodices and their hair dressed a la grecque.
Two maids were turning up the hem and hurriedly biting off the ends of thread.
The two girls in their white dresses, each with a rose in her black hair, both curtsied in the same way, but the hostess' eye involuntarily rested longer on the slim Natasha.
But see, those two, though not good-looking, are even more run after.
Suddenly everybody stirred, began talking, and pressed forward and then back, and between the two rows, which separated, the Emperor entered to the sounds of music that had immediately struck up.
When her partner left her Natasha ran across the room to choose two ladies for the figure.
The whole company were standing between two windows at a small table laid with hors-d'oeuvres.
Two letters brought by a courier were handed to Speranski and he took them to his study.
Princess Mary had two passions and consequently two joys--her nephew, little Nicholas, and religion--and these were the favorite subjects of the prince's attacks and ridicule.
His hussar comrades--not only those of his own regiment, but the whole brigade--gave Rostov a dinner to which the subscription was fifteen rubles a head, and at which there were two bands and two choirs of singers.
But once the countess called her son and informed him that she had a promissory note from Anna Mikhaylovna for two thousand rubles, and asked him what he thought of doing with it.
"What orders, your excellency?" said the huntsman in his deep bass, deep as a proto-deacon's and hoarse with hallooing--and two flashing black eyes gazed from under his brows at his master, who was silent.
Two wise old dogs lay down unleashed.
"I know a thing or two myself!" said Nastasya Ivanovna.
Simon did not finish, for on the still air he had distinctly caught the music of the hunt with only two or three hounds giving tongue.
After listening a few moments in silence, the count and his attendant convinced themselves that the hounds had separated into two packs: the sound of the larger pack, eagerly giving tongue, began to die away in the distance, the other pack rushed by the wood past the count, and it was with this that Daniel's voice was heard calling ulyulyu.
He knew that young and old wolves were there, that the hounds had separated into two packs, that somewhere a wolf was being chased, and that something had gone wrong.
A thousand times during that half-hour Rostov cast eager and restless glances over the edge of the wood, with the two scraggy oaks rising above the aspen undergrowth and the gully with its water-worn side and "Uncle's" cap just visible above the bush on his right.
The hounds had killed two of the cubs and the borzois three.
Two huntsmen galloped up to the dogs; one in a red cap, the other, a stranger, in a green coat.
Hardly had he passed an angle of the wood before a stout gentleman in a beaver cap came riding toward him on a handsome raven-black horse, accompanied by two hunt servants.
Try yours against one another, you two, and I'll look on!
Natasha saw and felt the agitation the two elderly men and her brother were trying to conceal, and was herself excited by it.
Petya was carried out like a log and laid in the larger of the two traps.
Nastasya Ivanovna the buffoon sat with a sad face at the window with two old ladies.
There an old footman and two young ones were playing cards.
Two governesses were sitting with the Vogels at a table, on which were plates of raisins, walnuts, and almonds.
And do you remember how we rolled hard-boiled eggs in the ballroom, and suddenly two old women began spinning round on the carpet?
Two of the troykas were the usual household sleighs, the third was the old count's with a trotter from the Orlov stud as shaft horse, the fourth was Nicholas' own with a short shaggy black shaft horse.
Faster still the two troykas flew side by side, and faster moved the feet of the galloping side horses.
On Natasha's table stood two looking glasses which Dunyasha had prepared beforehand.
As soon as he sank into his place on the sofa after two bottles of Margaux he was surrounded, and talking, disputing, and joking began.
Only after emptying a bottle or two did he feel dimly that the terribly tangled skein of life which previously had terrified him was not as dreadful as he had thought.
At two o'clock the six chosen guests assembled for dinner.
There he wavered between the two richest heiresses, Julie and Princess Mary.
Boris sketched two trees in the album and wrote: "Rustic trees, your dark branches shed gloom and melancholy upon me."
Anna Mikhaylovna, who often visited the Karagins, while playing cards with the mother made careful inquiries as to Julie's dowry (she was to have two estates in Penza and the Nizhegorod forests).
She has asked me to bring you two together.
There was a special reason for this, as he had got married two years before--a fact known only to his most intimate friends.
Two witnesses for the mock marriage--Khvostikov, a retired petty official whom Dolokhov made use of in his gambling transactions, and Makarin, a retired hussar, a kindly, weak fellow who had an unbounded affection for Kuragin--were sitting at tea in Dolokhov's front room.
"Well," he said, "Khvostikov must have two thousand."
With others Balaga bargained, charging twenty-five rubles for a two hours' drive, and rarely drove himself, generally letting his young men do so.
We came across a train of loaded sleighs and drove right over two of them.
"That time I'd harnessed two young side horses with the bay in the shafts," he went on, turning to Dolokhov.
Two troykas were standing before the porch and two young drivers were holding the horses.
Two troykas were standing before the porch and two young drivers were holding the horses.
In a sleigh drawn by two gray trotting-horses that were bespattering the dashboard with snow, Anatole and his constant companion Makarin dashed past.
"Home!" said Pierre, and despite twenty-two degrees of frost Fahrenheit he threw open the bearskin cloak from his broad chest and inhaled the air with joy.
Without lifting his head he said something, and two of his aides-de-camp galloped off to the Polish uhlans.
In the figure in which he had to choose two ladies, he whispered to Helene that he meant to choose Countess Potocka who, he thought, had gone out onto the veranda, and glided over the parquet to the door opening into the garden, where, seeing Balashev and the Emperor returning to the veranda, he stood still.
At two in the morning of the fourteenth of June, the Emperor, having sent for Balashev and read him his letter to Napoleon, ordered him to take it and hand it personally to the French Emperor.
Having set off in the small hours of the fourteenth, accompanied by a bugler and two Cossacks, Balashev reached the French outposts at the village of Rykonty, on the Russian side of the Niemen, by dawn.
Balashev was only two horses' length from the equestrian with the bracelets, plumes, necklaces, and gold embroidery, who was galloping toward him with a theatrically solemn countenance, when Julner, the French colonel, whispered respectfully: "The King of Naples!"
Balashev took out the packet containing the Emperor's letter and laid it on the table (made of a door with its hinges still hanging on it, laid across two barrels).
Four days before, sentinels of the Preobrazhensk regiment had stood in front of the house to which Balashev was conducted, and now two French grenadiers stood there in blue uniforms unfastened in front and with shaggy caps on their heads, and an escort of hussars and uhlans and a brilliant suite of aides-de-camp, pages, and generals, who were waiting for Napoleon to come out, were standing at the porch, round his saddle horse and his Mameluke, Rustan.
He stood a minute or two, waiting.
You have not two hundred thousand men, and I have three times that number.
And there will be two hundred thousand of them.
And receiving the reply that there were more than two hundred churches, he remarked:
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.
The household was divided into two alien and hostile camps, who changed their habits for his sake and only met because he was there.
A third, in the absence of opponents, between two councils would simply solicit a special gratuity for his faithful services, well knowing that at that moment people would be too busy to refuse him.
Armfeldt says our army is cut in half, and Paulucci says we have got the French army between two fires; Michaud says that the worthlessness of the Drissa camp lies in having the river behind it, and Pfuel says that is what constitutes its strength; Toll proposes one plan, Armfeldt another, and they are all good and all bad, and the advantages of any suggestions can be seen only at the moment of trial.
He recounted how Raevski had led his two sons onto the dam under terrific fire and had charged with them beside him.
About two hundred yards away there's a tavern where ours have already gathered.
A board was found, fixed on two saddles and covered with a horsecloth, a small samovar was produced and a cellaret and half a bottle of rum, and having asked Mary Hendrikhovna to preside, they all crowded round her.
Two of them! said Rostov.
"No, gentlemen, you have had your sleep, but I have not slept for two nights," replied the doctor, and he sat down morosely beside his wife, waiting for the game to end.
Rostov, always closely followed by Ilyin, rode along the side of the road between two rows of birch trees.
The doctors were of use to Natasha because they kissed and rubbed her bump, assuring her that it would soon pass if only the coachman went to the chemist's in the Arbat and got a powder and some pills in a pretty box for a ruble and seventy kopeks, and if she took those powders in boiled water at intervals of precisely two hours, neither more nor less.
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Beside Petya stood a peasant woman, a footman, two tradesmen, and a discharged soldier.
Two young citizens were joking with some serf girls who were cracking nuts.
Two days later, on the fifteenth of July, an immense number of carriages were standing outside the Sloboda Palace.
The instructions to Alpatych took over two hours and still the prince did not let him go.
Bald Hills, Prince Nicholas Bolkonski's estate, lay forty miles east from Smolensk and two miles from the main road to Moscow.
He went out into the street: two men were running past toward the bridge.
On two sides black curling clouds of smoke rose and spread from the fires.
Soldiers were continually rushing backwards and forwards near it, and he saw two of them and a man in a frieze coat dragging burning beams into another yard across the street, while others carried bundles of hay.
The old man was still sitting in the ornamental garden, like a fly impassive on the face of a loved one who is dead, tapping the last on which he was making the bast shoe, and two little girls, running out from the hot house carrying in their skirts plums they had plucked from the trees there, came upon Prince Andrew.
What would it have cost him to hold out for another two days?
Prince Vasili, who still occupied his former important posts, formed a connecting link between these two circles.
Though the peasants paid quitrent, Alpatych thought no difficulty would be made about complying with this order, for there were two hundred and thirty households at work in Bogucharovo and the peasants were well to do.
But he also knew that Dron, who had acquired property and was hated by the commune, must be hesitating between the two camps: the masters' and the serfs'.
For the last three days Bogucharovo had lain between the two hostile armies, so that it was as easy for the Russian rearguard to get to it as for the French vanguard; Rostov, as a careful squadron commander, wished to take such provisions as remained at Bogucharovo before the French could get them.
Two tall old peasants with wrinkled faces and scanty beards emerged from the tavern, smiling, staggering, and singing some incoherent song, and approached the officers.
At that moment, on the road leading from the big house, two women and a man in a white hat were seen coming toward the officers.
He pointed to the two peasants who kept as close to him as horseflies to a horse.
The two tall peasants had their say.
Alpatych turned to the peasants and ordered two of them by name to come and bind Karp.
And in fact two more peasants began binding Dron, who took off his own belt and handed it to them, as if to aid them.
The two bound men were led off to the master's house.
The two drunken peasants followed them.
Two hours later the carts were standing in the courtyard of the Bogucharovo house.
Two orderlies, a courier and a major-domo, stood near by, some ten paces from Prince Andrew, availing themselves of Kutuzov's absence and of the fine weather.
Kamenski sent soldiers to Rustchuk, but I only employed these two things and took more fortresses than Kamenski and made them Turks eat horseflesh!
But believe me, my dear boy, there is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time, they will do it all.
The two younger ones had both married.
Before the battle of Borodino our strength in proportion to the French was about as five to six, but after that battle it was little more than one to two: previously we had a hundred thousand against a hundred and twenty thousand; afterwards little more than fifty thousand against a hundred thousand.
He was looking now at the cavalry regiment that had met the convoy of wounded, now at the cart by which he was standing, in which two wounded men were sitting and one was lying.
Two officers were standing on the knoll, directing the men.
In the higher command there were two sharply defined parties: Kutuzov's party and that of Bennigsen, the chief of staff.
In our regiment two officers were court-martialed for that kind of thing.
For me tomorrow means this: a Russian army of a hundred thousand and a French army of a hundred thousand have met to fight, and the thing is that these two hundred thousand men will fight and the side that fights more fiercely and spares itself least will win.
Two valets rapidly dressed His Majesty, and wearing the blue uniform of the Guards he went with firm quick steps to the reception room.
With courtly adroitness de Beausset half turned and without turning his back to the Emperor retired two steps, twitching off the cloth at the same time, and said:
Having inspected the country opposite the Shevardino Redoubt, Napoleon pondered a little in silence and then indicated the spots where two batteries should be set up by the morrow to act against the Russian entrenchments, and the places where, in line with them, the field artillery should be placed.
At dawn the two new batteries established during the night on the plain occupied by the Prince d'Eckmuhl will open fire on the opposing batteries of the enemy.
"Puff! puff!"--and two clouds arose pushing one another and blending together; and "boom, boom!" came the sounds confirming what the eye had seen.
A young round-faced officer, quite a boy still and evidently only just out of the Cadet College, who was zealously commanding the two guns entrusted to him, addressed Pierre sternly.
Then when the whole field was covered with smoke, two divisions, Campan's and Dessaix's, advanced from the French right, while Murat's troops advanced on Borodino from their left.
In this way two cavalry regiments galloped through the Semenovsk hollow and as soon as they reached the top of the incline turned round and galloped full speed back again.
Toward two o'clock the regiment, having already lost more than two hundred men, was moved forward into a trampled oatfield in the gap between Semenovsk and the Knoll Battery, where thousands of men perished that day and on which an intense, concentrated fire from several hundred enemy guns was directed between one and two o'clock.
"Look out!" came a frightened cry from a soldier and, like a bird whirring in rapid flight and alighting on the ground, a shell dropped with little noise within two steps of Prince Andrew and close to the battalion commander's horse.
Two steps from him, leaning against a branch and talking loudly and attracting general attention, stood a tall, handsome, black-haired noncommissioned officer with a bandaged head.
Two were occupied, and on the third they placed Prince Andrew.
For a little while he was left alone and involuntarily witnessed what was taking place on the other two tables.
Two doctors--one of whom was pale and trembling--were silently doing something to this man's other, gory leg.
He could see the clear starry sky between the dark roofs of two penthouses.
That proclamation appeared about two months ago.
When Natasha set to work two cases were standing open in the ballroom, one almost full up with crockery, the other with carpets.
A doctor and two soldiers followed the carriage in a cart.
Only two things indicated the social condition of Moscow--the rabble, that is the poor people, and the price of commodities.
Just unload one or two carts.
Look at the Lopukhins opposite, they cleared out everything two days ago.
They unloaded the wardrobe cart and sent it to take wounded men from a house two doors off.
Before two o'clock in the afternoon the Rostovs' four carriages, packed full and with the horses harnessed, stood at the front door.
In Kudrino, from the Nikitski, Presnya, and Podnovinsk Streets came several other trains of vehicles similar to the Rostovs', and as they passed along the Sadovaya Street the carriages and carts formed two rows abreast.
More than two hours passed and Gerasim took the liberty of making a slight noise at the door to attract his attention, but Pierre did not hear him.
In another corner two old bees are languidly fighting, or cleaning themselves, or feeding one another, without themselves knowing whether they do it with friendly or hostile intent.
The keeper opens the two center partitions to examine the brood cells.
The Russian troops were passing through Moscow from two o'clock at night till two in the afternoon and bore away with them the wounded and the last of the inhabitants who were leaving.
While the troops, dividing into two parts when passing around the Kremlin, were thronging the Moskva and the Stone bridges, a great many soldiers, taking advantage of the stoppage and congestion, turned back from the bridges and slipped stealthily and silently past the church of Vasili the Beatified and under the Borovitski gate, back up the hill to the Red Square where some instinct told them they could easily take things not belonging to them.
Two officers, one with a scarf over his uniform and mounted on a lean, dark-gray horse, the other in an overcoat and on foot, stood at the corner of Ilyinka Street, talking.
I'll fetch a piece of cloth at once for such an honorable gentleman, or even two pieces with pleasure.
When he reached the bridge he saw two unlimbered guns, the infantry crossing the bridge, several overturned carts, and frightened and laughing faces among the troops.
Beside the cannon a cart was standing to which two horses were harnessed.
He was told by his fellow officers that the screams of the crowd and the shrieks of the woman were due to the fact that General Ermolov, coming up to the crowd and learning that soldiers were dispersing among the shops while crowds of civilians blocked the bridge, had ordered two guns to be unlimbered and made a show of firing at the bridge.
He'll explain... voices in the rear of the crowd were suddenly heard saying, and the general attention turned to the police superintendent's trap which drove into the square attended by two mounted dragoons.
When later on in his memoirs Count Rostopchin explained his actions at this time, he repeatedly says that he was then actuated by two important considerations: to maintain tranquillity in Moscow and expedite the departure of the inhabitants.
Do you expect me to give you two battalions--which we have not got--for a convoy?
And as he spoke he saw a young man coming round the corner of the house between two dragoons.
Two dragoons took it by its distorted legs and dragged it along the ground.
I could not let him go unpunished and so I have killed two birds with one stone: to appease the mob I gave them a victim and at the same time punished a miscreant.
This was followed by two whistling sounds of canister shot, one after another.
The shot rattled against the stone of the gate and upon the wooden beams and screens, and two wavering clouds of smoke rose over the Square.
"Fire!" repeated the officer once more, and the reports of a musket and of two cannon shots were heard simultaneously.
Two men in peasant coats ran away at the foot of the wall, toward the Znamenka.
After the last two days spent in solitude and unusual circumstances, Pierre was in a state bordering on insanity.
Two equally strong feelings drew Pierre irresistibly to this purpose.
The unaccustomed coarse food, the vodka he drank during those days, the absence of wine and cigars, his dirty unchanged linen, two almost sleepless nights passed on a short sofa without bedding--all this kept him in a state of excitement bordering on insanity.
It was two o'clock in the afternoon.
You can tell a Parisian two leagues off.
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.
More than anything else in Pierre's story the captain was impressed by the fact that Pierre was very rich, had two mansions in Moscow, and that he had abandoned everything and not left the city, but remained there concealing his name and station.
At the gate stood Gerasim, the cook, and two Frenchmen.
Their laughter and their mutually incomprehensible remarks in two languages could be heard.
Two of the gazers went round to the other side of the coach and sat down on its steps.
Madame Schoss and the two girls were to sleep on some hay on the floor.
Another man--Timokhin--was lying in a corner on the benches beneath the icons, and two others--the doctor and a valet--lay on the floor.
They were accompanied by a doctor, Prince Andrew's valet, his coachman, and two orderlies.
Two girls of about ten and twelve, dressed in dirty short frocks and cloaks, were staring at their mother with a look of stupefaction on their pale frightened faces.
And a minute or two later the Frenchman, a black-eyed fellow with a spot on his cheek, in shirt sleeves, really did jump out of a window on the ground floor, and clapping Pierre on the shoulder ran with him into the garden.
He was looking at the Armenian family and at two French soldiers who had gone up to them.
After marching through a number of streets the patrol arrested five more Russian suspects: a small shopkeeper, two seminary students, a peasant, and a house serf, besides several looters.
Stories were whispered of how differently the two Empresses behaved in these difficult circumstances.
They all knew very well that the enchanting countess' illness arose from an inconvenience resulting from marrying two husbands at the same time, and that the Italian's cure consisted in removing such inconvenience; but in Anna Pavlovna's presence no one dared to think of this or even appear to know it.
During the two days that elapsed before Rostov called, Princess Mary continually thought of how she ought to behave to him.
Nicholas took the two letters, one of which was from his mother and the other from Sonya.
Having wept, talked, and wiped away their tears, the two friends went together to Prince Andrew's door.
On the third day he was taken with the others to a house where a French general with a white mustache sat with two colonels and other Frenchmen with scarves on their arms.
Apart from conditions of war and law, that look established human relations between the two men.
The two first were convicts with shaven heads.
Pierre heard the French consulting whether to shoot them separately or two at a time.
Then two pairs of Frenchmen approached the criminals and at the officer's command took the two convicts who stood first in the row.
Two more prisoners were led up.
He only saw how the workman suddenly sank down on the cords that held him, how blood showed itself in two places, how the ropes slackened under the weight of the hanging body, and how the workman sat down, his head hanging unnaturally and one leg bent under him.
He took a potato, drew out his clasp knife, cut the potato into two equal halves on the palm of his hand, sprinkled some salt on it from the rag, and handed it to Pierre.
The yard full of cattle, the women at home, two brothers away earning wages, and only Michael the youngest, at home.
But his brilliantly white, strong teeth which showed in two unbroken semicircles when he laughed--as he often did--were all sound and good, there was not a gray hair in his beard or on his head, and his whole body gave an impression of suppleness and especially of firmness and endurance.
"But two days ago this suddenly happened," said Natasha, struggling with her sobs.
The princess understood what Natasha had meant by the words: "two days ago this suddenly happened."
She now understood what had happened to him two days before.
His illness pursued its normal physical course, but what Natasha referred to when she said: "This suddenly happened," had occurred two days before Princess Mary arrived.
That was what had happened to him two days before Princess Mary's arrival.
During the month that the French troops were pillaging in Moscow and the Russian troops were quietly encamped at Tarutino, a change had taken place in the relative strength of the two armies--both in spirit and in number--as a result of which the superiority had passed to the Russian side.
They've put two regiments as outposts, and they're having such a spree there, it's awful!
Two bands and three sets of singers!
After much disputing and arguing, Major-General Grekov with two Cossack regiments decided to go with the Polish sergeant.
As often happens when someone we have trusted is no longer before our eyes, it suddenly seemed quite clear and obvious to him that the sergeant was an impostor, that he had lied, and that the whole Russian attack would be ruined by the absence of those two regiments, which he would lead away heaven only knew where.
Just as Pierre reached the door, the corporal who had offered him a pipe the day before came up to it with two soldiers.
The shed became semidark, and the sharp rattle of the drums on two sides drowned the sick man's groans.
At that time Dokhturov had under his command, besides Dorokhov's detachment, the two small guerrilla detachments of Figner and Seslavin.
It seems to them that when they have thought of two or three contingencies" (he remembered the general plan sent him from Petersburg) "they have foreseen everything.
He imagined all sorts of possible contingencies, just like the younger men, but with this difference, that he saw thousands of contingencies instead of two or three and based nothing on them.
Ermolov, Miloradovich, Platov, and others in proximity to the French near Vyazma could not resist their desire to cut off and break up two French corps, and by way of reporting their intention to Kutuzov they sent him a blank sheet of paper in an envelope.
Let us imagine two men who have come out to fight a duel with rapiers according to all the rules of the art of fencing.
In such actions, instead of two crowds opposing each other, the men disperse, attack singly, run away when attacked by stronger forces, but again attack when opportunity offers.
That unknown quantity is the spirit of the army, that is to say, the greater or lesser readiness to fight and face danger felt by all the men composing an army, quite independently of whether they are, or are not, fighting under the command of a genius, in two--or three-line formation, with cudgels or with rifles that repeat thirty times a minute.
This equation does not give us the value of the unknown factor but gives us a ratio between two unknowns.
Two of the commanders of large parties--one a Pole and the other a German--sent invitations to Denisov almost simultaneously, requesting him to join up with their divisions to attack the convoy.
That morning, Cossacks of Denisov's party had seized and carried off into the forest two wagons loaded with cavalry saddles, which had stuck in the mud not far from Mikulino where the forest ran close to the road.
It was necessary to let the French reach Shamshevo quietly without alarming them and then, after joining Dolokhov who was to come that evening to a consultation at a watchman's hut in the forest less than a mile from Shamshevo, to surprise the French at dawn, falling like an avalanche on their heads from two sides, and rout and capture them all at one blow.
Denisov had two hundred, and Dolokhov might have as many more, but the disparity of numbers did not deter Denisov.
There are two, an officer and a Cossack.
We have each of us two pistols....
I have two French uniforms in it.
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.
Behind the hut the dark shapes of the two wagons with their horses beside them were discernible, and in the hollow the dying campfire gleamed red.
Karataev was still sitting at the side of the road under the birch tree and two Frenchmen were talking over his head.
Two French soldiers ran past Pierre, one of whom carried a lowered and smoking gun.
Pierre looked at the soldier and remembered that, two days before, that man had burned his shirt while drying it at the fire and how they had laughed at him.
I deem it my duty to report to Your Majesty the condition of the various corps I have had occasion to observe during different stages of the last two or three days' march.
One group of the French stood close to the road, and two of them, one of whom had his face covered with sores, were tearing a piece of raw flesh with their hands.
Kutuzov looked long and intently at these two soldiers.
Two sergeants major were sitting with them and their campfire blazed brighter than others.
Two Frenchies have turned up.
They all raised their heads to listen, and out of the forest into the bright firelight stepped two strangely clad human figures clinging to one another.
These were two Frenchmen who had been hiding in the forest.
They surrounded Ramballe, lifted him on the crossed arms of two soldiers, and carried him to the hut.
The burning of Moscow had cost him, according to the head steward's calculation, about two million rubles.
He called on Count Rostopchin and on some acquaintances who were back in Moscow, and he intended to leave for Petersburg two days later.
No, Natasha and I sometimes don't go to sleep till after two, so please don't go.
When two people quarrel they are always both in fault, and one's own guilt suddenly becomes terribly serious when the other is no longer alive.
She was going to say that to speak of love was impossible, but she stopped because she had seen by the sudden change in Natasha two days before that she would not only not be hurt if Pierre spoke of his love, but that it was the very thing she wished for.
The man who ten years before and a year later was considered an outlawed brigand is sent to an island two days' sail from France, which for some reason is presented to him as his dominion, and guards are given to him and millions of money are paid him.
In autumn he gave himself up to hunting with the same business-like seriousness--leaving home for a month, or even two, with his hunt.
He examined the bailiff's accounts of the village in Ryazan which belonged to his wife's nephew, wrote two business letters, and walked over to the granaries, cattle yards and stables before dinner.
It's time you two were parted, she added, looking smilingly at the little girl who clung to her father.
"Come, Anna Makarovna," Pierre's voice was heard saying, "come here into the middle of the room and at the word of command, 'One, two,' and when I say 'three'... You stand here, and you in my arms--well now!
One, two!..." said Pierre, and a silence followed: "three!" and a rapturously breathless cry of children's voices filled the room.
"Two, two!" they shouted.
"Two, two!" they shouted.
This meant two stockings, which by a secret process known only to herself Anna Makarovna used to knit at the same time on the same needles, and which, when they were ready, she always triumphantly drew, one out of the other, in the children's presence.
The questions put by these two kept the conversation from changing its ordinary character of gossip about the higher government circles.
You are as like him as two peas--like the boy.
(Though there were two good portraits of Prince Andrew in the house, Nicholas never imagined him in human form.)
At the basis of the works of all the modern historians from Gibbon to Buckle, despite their seeming disagreements and the apparent novelty of their outlooks, lie those two old, unavoidable assumptions.
Having abandoned the conception of the ancients as to the divine subjection of the will of a nation to some chosen man and the subjection of that man's will to the Deity, history cannot without contradictions take a single step till it has chosen one of two things: either a return to the former belief in the direct intervention of the Deity in human affairs or a definite explanation of the meaning of the force producing historical events and termed "power."
Do palace revolutions--in which sometimes only two or three people take part--transfer the will of the people to a new ruler?
Arriving at this conclusion we can reply directly and positively to these two essential questions of history:
History surveys a presentation of man's life in which the union of these two contradictions has already taken place.
To solve the question of how freedom and necessity are combined and what constitutes the essence of these two conceptions, the philosophy of history can and should follow a path contrary to that taken by other sciences.
We should in fact have reached those two fundamentals of which man's whole outlook on the universe is constructed--the incomprehensible essence of life, and the laws defining that essence.
Only by separating the two sources of cognition, related to one another as form to content, do we get the mutually exclusive and separately incomprehensible conceptions of freedom and inevitability.
Apart from these two concepts which in their union mutually define one another as form and content, no conception of life is possible.
The voice and words belonged to Josh, and yet he had been dead for more than two years.
They have two fertilized eggs and they want final consent.
In the kitchen she removed two mugs from the holder and reached for the coffee pot.
At this point, abandoning the two fertilized eggs might be a worse sin.
We've got a meeting at two and it's almost one-thirty now.
Just about time I think the two of you are making progress, something like this comes up.
She was only a month into two years old, but she was big for her age.
Two to four weeks - maybe more.
I have a mare; and we have a five-year-old mare with a colt, a four year-old filly, and a two-year-old filly... oh, and my mare is going to foal again in January.
I think it is so cute the way you two flirt with each other.
These are my other two daughters, Dulce and Alondra.
Carmen refrained from looking at Alex or displaying the shock she felt at the introduction of two more siblings he had never mentioned - an entire family.
Jonathan and Destiny's room had two twin beds in it, as well as a television.
Already you have two children.
For the next two hours, the women talked delightfully about meaningless things that kept them laughing.
His attention was focused on two riders approaching.
If not, why had he gone - left her alone for two weeks?
This wasn't about what he had hidden from her or the fact that he had left her alone for two weeks to go to Columbia.
It was unrealistic to think two people could spend a lifetime together and never squabble about anything.
It felt strange to have only the two of them at the table.
It was only two thirty in the afternoon, but she didn't want to go back to sleep.
Do you mean the odds of two healthy babies, or the sex of the babies?
The babies were healthy and by mid-August, they would have two new family members.
He said he would be gone for two days, but didn't say why he was going.
He had a family to support - and two more children on the way.
Father and Dad are two different things to a son.
I graduated two years ahead of her and didn't keep in touch.
She was two years younger then.
His bright smile with the two missing front teeth faded as he realized they were leaving without her.
He's a big horse, but I couldn't make him carry the two of us in that terrain.
They left the main road on a narrow trail consisting of two ruts.
By that time the Giddon family would have felt the need to feed her two more times.
She picked up two suitcases and nodded to her make-up case.
There was only one way to find out... well, maybe two, but asking Sarah or Giddon was probably wasted effort.
The man had taken a step or two across the glass roof before he noticed the presence of the strangers; but then he stopped abruptly.
The Wizard reached out, caught the wee creature in his hand, and holding its head between one thumb and finger and its tail between the other thumb and finger he pulled it apart, each of the two parts becoming a whole and separate piglet in an instant.
Then she happened to remember that in a corner of her suit-case were one or two crackers that were left over from her luncheon on the train, and she went to the buggy and brought them.
I wish you would go and fetch my satchel, two lanterns, and a can of kerosene oil that is under the seat.
The Wizard carried his satchel, which was quite heavy, and Zeb carried the two lanterns and the oil can.
Two childish voices laughed merrily at this action, and Dorothy was sure they were in no danger among such light-hearted folks, even if those folks couldn't be seen.
"For two reasons, my dear," the woman's voice answered.
The horse was plunging madly about, and two or three deep gashes appeared upon its flanks, from which the blood flowed freely.
There were many types, indeed, scarcely two being alike; but all were equally disagreeable in appearance.
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.
However, the Wizard went once more to his satchel--which seemed to contain a surprising variety of odds and ends--and brought out a spool of strong wire, by means of which they managed to fasten four of the wings to Jim's harness, two near his head and two near his tail.
Mother's about two thousand years old; but she carelessly lost track of her age a few centuries ago and skipped several hundreds.
The servants were a little discouraged, but soon they brought in a great tray containing two dozen nicely roasted quail on toast.
So the two went to the dressing-room of the Princess and searched carefully in every corner and among the vases and baskets and ornaments that stood about the pretty boudoir.
Two other baby birds were there, that had not fallen out.
At a place where two roads crossed, they saw a tall gentleman coming to meet them.
Two hundred years ago there lived in Boston a little boy whose name was Benjamin Franklin.
But there were fourteen boys and girls older than he, and two little sisters who were younger.
Two or three other shepherds joined him in the search.
He sent out among the poor people of the city and found two little babies who had never heard a word spoken.
The opening to the cave was only a narrow hole between two rocks.
At last he saw something in the darkness that looked like two balls of fire.
Within less than two minutes, Billy saw Mary Green whispering, and she had to take his place.
Sir William Jones lived nearly two hundred years ago.
There was a caliph of Persia whose name was Al Mamoun. He had two sons whom he wished to become honest and noble men.
The two boys saw him and ran to fetch his shoes.
The two boys ran for the teacher's shoes, and each claimed the honor of carrying them to him.
It is the man who rose to go out, and two young princes contended for the honor of giving him his shoes but at last agreed that each should offer him one.
Otanes answered, I have already told two of your men that I have forty pieces of gold in my hat.
He was the advisor and friend of two of the kings who succeeded Cyrus.
While the shah and the king were talking, two countrymen came in.
He lived two hundred years ago, and was famous for his courage in defending his country.
The small house in which he had taken shelter was almost between the two armies.
The two noble women were willing to do all that they could to save their city.
The two young men got down their bows and arrows, and all were busy making plans for the next day.
More than a hundred years ago, two boys were fishing in a small river.
The two boys were there, busily working with hammer and saw.
"Well," said the soldier, "about two hours ago I was on guard at the gate of the queen's park.
All your court has been looking for you for the past two hours.
There exists two sorts of optimists.
And as I look to the past and the present, I see two phenomena that especially drive my optimism.
This book is unusual for two reasons.
It took a decade or two for the new medium to be seen in light of itself, not just in terms of what it displaced.
Do those two things even compare?
Remember Eric Schmidt's statement that more information is created every two days than in all of human history prior to 2003?
Instead of science proceeding at the slow speed of time, the only limit on its progress will be processor speed—and those two speeds hardly can be compared.
Two hundred years later, Ludolph van Ceulen calculated it to thirty-five digits.
The quest to end ignorance and the quest to end disease have two important similarities.
Two problems then arise..
According to the Center for Systemic Peace's tally, the world went from just twenty democracies in 1946 to ninety-two in 2009.
If there can be a day without war, then there can be two days without it.
While the previous two points focused at the macro level and the overall costs of war, I speak here of consumers' perspective on war.
A day or two afterward I was stringing beads of different sizes in symmetrical groups--two large beads, three small ones, and so on.
How different this journey was from the one I had made to Baltimore two years before!
I lived there two years and two months.
It was but two hours' work.
He wished to say something more, but at that moment Prince Vasili and his daughter got up to go and the two young men rose to let them pass.
A wide porch stretched the length of the building, and above it were two balconies with black wrought iron banisters that curved out gracefully.
Early in the morning two horses were brought to the door.
By the end of the four-month campaign, the White House would receive two million dimes.
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.
It took them two days to reach Exeter.
From one to two, a bit less.
The fact that they were expecting two babies instead of one made it more of a challenge.
Double strollers, two cribs, two car seats... and what about the car?
Can you guess how many lives these two varieties of rice have already saved?
Was there room for two car seats and a bumper seat in the back seat of her car?
As Frederick the Great observed almost two centuries earlier, "If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army."
Apparently Señor Medena had two children who denied him.
The two boys, Charlot and Blondel, with wondering eyes watched their father and mother undress the little stranger.
These foodstuffs alone contain sixty thousand calories, or two thousand calories a day for a month, for a total of $30.
Nearly two terms of fighting the Cold War led him to conclude, as he put it, War in our time has become an anachronism.
Borlaug also promoted the process (which proved wildly successful) of having two wheat-growing seasons in Mexico, one in the highlands, then another in the valley regions.