You love him very much.
You're a very interesting person.
It's a very small window.
And I will be for a very long time.
His eyes twinkled with the very devil.
That didn't sound very nice.
This thing happens to be very important to me.
The phone woke me up, even though it wasn't very loud.
Alex knew very well what he wanted.
For some reason, he experienced a very realistic vision.
They rode slowly, and talked and laughed and were very jolly.
He's very protective of his family.
There is no hieroglyph for the word "progress" because the very idea of progress didn't exist.
Actually, she knew very little about the man with whom she had promised to spend the summer.
Cade was actually kissing her - and very well.
But they've been very scarce for a few years and we usually have to be content with elephants or buffaloes, answered the creature, in a regretful tone.
He got down from his horse and very gently took the little ones up in his big warm hands.
From that vantage point, if you had tried to look fifty years ahead to what the world would be like in the year 2500 BC, you would have expected very little change.
They would probably be leaving very soon and anything she could do to hurry the process meant they would get to Ashley sooner.
You don't seem to be very happy.
All cuddled down together and were very happy.
"Light! give me light!" was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour.
If you have nothing better to do, Count (or Prince), and if the prospect of spending an evening with a poor invalid is not too terrible, I shall be very charmed to see you tonight between 7 and 10--Annette Scherer.
Dropping off home-cooked meals was a very nice gesture.
Alex divided his attention between a very attentive Destiny and a reserved Carmen.
You weren't very receptive last time.
Her make-up, though she used very little, and a couple of bathing suits.
It was all working out very well for him.
You know Martha; she doesn't do no very well.
"Very clever," said the Wizard, nodding his head as if pleased.
"Very true," declared the Wizard, nodding at her.
He can do several very wonderful things--if he knows how.
But this sawhorse can trot as fast as you can, Jim; and he's very wise, too.
But, except for these fleeting memories, if, indeed, they be memories, it all seems very unreal, like a nightmare.
Her father is very rich and stingy.
"That must be very interesting," said Dessalles.
Then a little man jumped out of the basket, took off his tall hat, and bowed very gracefully to the crowd of Mangaboos around him.
"Very," said the dragonette, snapping its jaws.
Both were very small.
Her words puzzled me very much because I did not then understand anything unless I touched it.
You have a very pretty neck.
I guess I wasn't very polite, making a face like that.
I guess my life isn't very interesting to other people, but Alex and I like the way we live.
"I... I'm not a very good dancing partner," she lied.
I looked up Andy Gordon and found lots of pictures of his paintings, but no pictures of him, and very little information about him.
I guess I'm not a very good judge of character.
I suppose I'm simply not very ambitious.
Could it be that his stoic personality was the very thing that kept her interest perked?
We're very happy together.
"It didn't sound very wild to me," Quinn said.
Doesn't look very sinister, does it?
Granted, what we accomplished was monumental, but coming across a similar situation and duplicating what we were able to do might not occur very often.
Our last session on the day ended on a sad note that was very distressing to Howie.
I'm saddened I can't keep her with me very long.
He's very grateful you rescued his grandson.
They saw a landscape with mountains and plains, lakes and rivers, very like those upon the earth's surface; but all the scene was splendidly colored by the variegated lights from the six suns.
"Very good," remarked the Wizard.
"He will sprout very soon," said the Prince, "and grow into a large bush, from which we shall in time be able to pick several very good sorcerers."
"It doesn't look very homelike," said Dorothy, gazing around at the bare room.
"Very good," said the Wizard; "we can all yell better than we can fight, so we ought to defeat the Gargoyles."
Mortals who stand upon the earth and look up at the sky cannot often distinguish these forms, but our friends were now so near to the clouds that they observed the dainty fairies very clearly.
If you behave, and don't scare the little pigs, I'm sure they'll grow very fond of you.
These were very numerous, for the place was thickly inhabited, and a large group of the queer people clustered near, gazing sharply upon the strangers who had emerged from the long spiral stairway.
The Gargoyles were very small of stature, being less than three feet in height.
Very little would change in this seventy-year stretch of life.
The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.
He is very busy with Tessa tonight, do you think?
That didn't sound very nice.
I'm not very good at that anyway.
I promise to drop in and see you the very next time I'm up this way.
I'm afraid I wasn't very sympathetic, though.
I said I wasn't a very good dancing partner.
Tammy could have been born when he was very young.
Yet Yancey had been frightened at the very thought of it.
The very next day she was straining over the counter to reach behind the stove when Cade came into the kitchen.
If you knew Mr. Cade nearly as well as you think you do, you would know that he is actually very sensitive.
Quinn's experiment is very important to him.
Sometimes he has trouble sleeping and it takes very little noise to wake him.
I'm right on the money, both time and location, for very recent settings.
He's offered to help and I believe he could be very useful.
I am a very wealthy man.
Radula with very numerous marginal teeth arranged like the rays of a fan.
Jonathan Edwards, a very stern Calvinist, is one of the few first-rate geniuses America has to boast in theology.
If this is a mistake (and not a variant tradition) it is a very remarkable one.
The shed at Hugson's Siding was bare save for an old wooden bench, and did not look very inviting.
"Not a very pretty one," he answered, as if a little ashamed.
There was a breath of danger in the very air, and every few moments the earth would shake violently.
He was not going very fast, but on his flanks specks of foam began to appear and at times he would tremble like a leaf.
The top of the buggy caught the air like a parachute or an umbrella filled with wind, and held them back so that they floated downward with a gentle motion that was not so very disagreeable to bear.
Yes; there was land below them; and not so very far away, either.
The rainbow tints from the colored suns fell upon the glass city softly and gave to the buildings many delicate, shifting hues which were very pretty to see.
He was not a very large man, but was well formed and had a beautiful face--calm and serene as the face of a fine portrait.
He is really dead now, and will wither very quickly.
The words of the cold and moist vegetable Prince were not very comforting, and as he spoke them he turned away and left the enclosure.
"You were very greedy," said the girl.
"Very true," agreed the Wizard.
He did it very cleverly, indeed, and the Princess looked at the strange piglets as if she were as truly astonished as any vegetable person could be.
Then he jointed together the blades of his sword and balanced it very skillfully upon the end of his nose.
"Don't be rough!" he would call out, if Eureka knocked over one of the round, fat piglets with her paw; but the pigs never minded, and enjoyed the sport very greatly.
Several minutes were consumed in silent admiration before they noticed two very singular and unusual facts about this valley.
"It is very strange," said he, soberly.
All the people I have ever met before were very plain to see.
"Very well, I won't touch it," decided the kitten; "but you must keep it away from me, for the smell is very tempting."
"Very well, I won't touch it," decided the kitten; "but you must keep it away from me, for the smell is very tempting."
Here, then, I made my home; and although it is a lonely place I amuse myself making rustles and flutters, and so get along very nicely.
But their bodies don't seem very big.
"No?" drawled the dragonette; "it seems to me very babyish."
We consider ourselves very beautiful in appearance, for mother has told us so, and she knows.
That meant that their world--the real world--was not very far away, and that the succession of perilous adventures they had encountered had at last brought them near the earth's surface, which meant home to them.
"In that case you are very welcome!" cried all the servants, and it pleased the Wizard to note the respect with which the royal retainers bowed before him.
I have sent messengers to summon all of Dorothy's old friends to meet her and give her welcome, and they ought to arrive very soon, now.
I'm very certain, Oz, that you gave me the best brains in the world, for I can think with them day and night, when all other brains are fast asleep.
But it was never noticed that they became very warm friends, for all of that.
"It's very strange," said the girl.
The procession was very imposing.
They wore white uniforms with real diamond buttons and played "What is Oz without Ozma" very sweetly.
This act he repeated until all of the nine tiny piglets were visible, and they were so glad to get out of his pocket that they ran around in a very lively manner.
"Very true," returned the Woggle-Bug, bowing.
"Very likely," acknowledged the Woggle-Bug.
The vase had a very small neck, and spread out at the top like a bowl.
"But Uncle Henry and Aunt Em need me to help them," she added, "so I can't ever be very long away from the farm in Kansas."
Very likely he has stopped to take care of them.
He was dressed in black, and had a very pleasant face.
Edward bowed very gracefully, and his sister curtsied.
Before the half hour was ended he had written a very neat composition on his slate.
He said, Henry Longfellow, you have done very well.
Little Benjamin Franklin was very happy; for he was only seven years old.
"Never mind, my child," said his mother, very kindly.
You are only a very little boy, and you will learn a great deal as you grow bigger.
Benjamin Franklin lived to be a very old man, but he never forgot that lesson.
Sometimes, if a poem was very pleasing, he gave the poet a prize.
The poet wished very much to please the caliph.
The people of Egypt were very proud; for they believed that they were the first and oldest of all nations.
He came very quietly and secretly, to escape the soldiers.
They are getting ready to start this very night.
The town seemed very still; but now and then he could hear the beating of a drum or the shouting of some soldier.
He was very proud to think of this, and he wished that he might grow up to be like them.
Men said that it was a very large wolf and that it had killed some of the farmers' sheep.
Gilbert looked up from his play and saw that his mother was very deeply interested in her book.
He walked quickly, but very quietly, down the pathway into the darker woods.
There the bushes were very close together and the pathway came to an end.
It will not see me till it comes very near.
He stood very still and waited.
The beast was very close to him now.
The boy felt very much ashamed.
You were very brave, and it is lucky that the wolf was not there.
They could be seen very plainly, for here the ground was quite muddy.
It was very dark there, and he could not see anything.
He crawled very slowly and carefully.
"Most certainly, and very soon, too," answered the man.
People did not travel very much.
He was riding very slowly, and both he and his horse were bespattered with mud.
"Oh, thank you," said the man very politely.
The lesson in manners was not forgotten; for, always after that, the man was very polite when he brought his presents.
George's mother was very sad.
He began to feel very sad.
This made him very proud of his skill.
For some time he sat very still.
Does thee suppose that it is very wrong for Benjamin to do such a thing?
He was very tall--as tall as a man.
The captain was very angry.
In time, Andrew Jackson became a very great man.
He was very young when he was first sent to school.
The children thought the new game was very funny.
Then all became very good and very careful, for no one wished to be standing at the time of dismissal.
The clock ticked loudly, and Tommy Jones, who was standing up for the fourth time, began to feel very uneasy.
He stood on one leg and then on the other, and watched very closely; but nobody whispered.
There was something which she wished very much to know before going home, and so, without thinking, she had leaned over and whispered just three little words.
She was very much ashamed and hurt, for it was the first time that she had ever been in disgrace at school.
Books were very scarce and very precious, and only a few men could read them.
The pictures were painted by hand, and some of them were very beautiful.
They admired the book very much, for they had never seen anything like it.
He was a very little boy, but before he was three years old he could read quite well.
Cyrus was so tall and strong and handsome that his grandfather was very proud of him.
The king's cupbearer, Sarcas, was very much offended because he was not given a share of the feast.
He saw that Cyrus had a will of his own, and this pleased him very much.
He carried a white napkin upon his arm, and held the cup of wine very daintily with three of his fingers.
He was a very wise and powerful ruler, and he made his country the greatest of any that was then known.
"Very well, then," said the shah, "stay with me a little while and observe what you can."
It was very deep, and there was no way to climb out of it.
He lay quite still till the animal was very near.
The summer had been very dry and the corn crop had failed.
When the people heard about this speech of the rich man, Coriolanus, they were very angry.
So they welcomed Coriolanus very kindly and made him the general of their army.
Soon, at the head of a very great army, he marched toward the city which had once been his home.
They went out bareheaded and very humble.
Very kind and loving was St. Francis--kind and loving not only to men but to all living things.
His face was white, but very homely.
After all had eaten three meals from it, it was very much lighter.
The air was very still.
The road was strange to him, and he traveled very slowly.
He became very disagreeable.
"Very well," answered the captain.
The very next day they came in sight of a little green island.
One night the king sat up very late, writing letters and sending messages; and the little page was kept busy running on errands until past midnight.
Then he went out again, very quietly, and slipped them all into the boy's pocket.
After a while he rang the bell again, very loudly.
Sometimes his enemies were very close upon him.
Fancy me carrying a turkey along the street! said the young gentleman; and he began to grow very angry.
They were very rough and crude, but strong and serviceable.
It was midsummer, and the day was very hot.
Very few people ever came that way.
Al Mansour noticed that the merchant was very sad and downcast.
The gardener put his hand under his cloak and drew out the very bag that the merchant had lost.
Inside of the great kitchen, beside the fire, the men were shouting and laughing; for the blacksmith had finished his song, and it was very pleasing.
But suddenly, at a narrow place, they met a very old man, hobbling slowly along over the stony way.
His face is white, and he seems very weak.
One evening he was very late coming home.
Then she saw that the child's face was very pale and that he neither opened his eyes nor moved.
Then, being very comfortable, he began to grow stronger.
Then he said, "Your house is a very poor place, I think."
The child was indeed very tired.
"He shall be our little brother," said Blondel; and both the boys clapped their hands very softly.
She must be very uneasy about you.
They were all dressed very finely, and some of them carried swords.
This charcoal man, whom I know very well, ran past me with a child in his arms.
Your mother is very anxious.
"This is a very important question," he said.
Now the oracle at Delphi was supposed to be very wise.
When he heard that some men had come to Corinth with a very costly golden tripod, he had them brought before him.
They learned that Chilon was a very quiet man, that he never spoke about himself, and that he spent all his time in trying to make his country great and strong and happy.
"We have here a very beautiful tripod," they said.
And because human nature changes either not at all or very slowly, people make the same choices over and over again.
At the very least, history can clearly show the range of outcomes that are likely.
And after they become possible, they will become very inexpensive.
But the truth is that almost all furniture back in the day was cheaply made junk and only a very few high-quality pieces survived.
A very, very few people, however, were freed from this sustenance lifestyle, either by their fortuitous birth or outstanding ability.
The Renaissance artists and thinkers had very few tools: pen and paper, paint and canvas, marble and chisel, and a few more.
King Croesus was very intrigued by all these oracles around the world.
She said, "At this very moment King Croesus is making turtle and goat soup."
I enjoy traveling, especially to very different places.
This would be very useful: No more struggling to remember what you promised the client you would deliver by Friday; you just look up the transcript.
I can't really remember what won, though at the time, I thought it all very forward looking and exciting.
And they will see how this information will be used to better the lives of other people in very real ways.
Machines can actually do a very limited palette of things.
But you still were working with the biased, anecdotal opinions of a few people not very like you.
In the future, something very much like the Amazon suggestion engine, but for all of life, will change that.
To that definition, I would respectfully offer this qualification: I would say that disease has a well-defined center and very fuzzy edges.
And today's primary method for treating cancer is, in a way, very tenth century: Essentially, chemotherapy is a medical way of saying, Let's fill you so full of poison either you or the cancer dies.
This is all very critical.
We cannot only see our enemy but have deconstructed it to its very core.
If you had access to a library, its stock of medical books and journals was very small.
You need to have a basic understanding of how things work in biology.
If you are in a desert dying of thirst, you value the first glass of water very highly, the second glass a bit less, and the 802nd not at all.
The ability to instantly and, for a very low cost, reliably transfer money to anyone on the planet is a key ingredient in increasing the amount of trade that occurs online.
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.
This is seldom discussed but very real.
I find this very easy to accept.
In the past two centuries with very little technology, we've come from whale oil and wood to solar and nuclear.
Technical breakthroughs in the future will come very rapidly, each one used to increase quality and lower costs in order to compete in an ever more competitive marketplace.
About clothes, and how robots will weave garments that never wear out from materials not yet invented that will cost very little.
Try to think of the advances we have seen so far in history as the very tip of the iceberg, a hint of what is possible, not even being within sight of what is possible.
The rich, of course, got very clever about where they earned and reported income.
The more it grows, the more heavy-handed it becomes and the more it tramples the very rights it purports to protect.
The tax rates when the "conservatives" are in power are very little different than when the "liberals" are in power.
The very well documented corn dole of ancient Rome is one of many cases.
Some stocks pay dividends very regularly: Coca Cola, for instance, has paid a dividend every year since 1920.
Then along came the Industrial Revolution, and I am sure it all seemed very foreign.
By comparison, if a country has 99 percent of the people working in agriculture—if it is barely feeding itself, even with everyone working at that—then it is living at a subsistence level, the very definition of poverty.
It is fascinating reading to this day because the things he notes about the American character are still very much with us.
First, nutrition is a very primitive science.
And the American farmer produces key crops, such as wheat, very inexpensively.
And yet, I remain very optimistic.
But the food would not only be produced with maximum efficiency; it would be extremely fresh and very healthy.
I have an extensive library of very old recipe books, including several "autographs"—original, handwritten, unpublished, personal cookbooks—that date back to the early 1700s.
But they are very remote.
As noted previously, in the future much of what you do will leave a Digital Echo, a record of its occurrence, down to the very minutia of your life.
Part of this will be enabled by very cheap sensors embedded in the things you use.
That is also the case because humans couldn't do a very good job at a stalk-by-stalk approach.
The individual had no liberties, or at least very few, but in exchange was, in theory, entitled to certain economic rights.
Jordanes, a Goth, wrote the following about the Huns in 551: They are beings who are cruel to their children on the very day they are born.
Until very recently, our world was ruled by kings.
The very fact that we have debated in recent years whether we can use torture to get information that will save lives is a sign of the effects of civilization.
No matter your view of history and cosmology, civilization is very young.
War occurs for a very simple reason: To some nations at some time, war is preferable to peace.
No such system of laws controls relations among nations, no significant world police force exists, and the world court system is very weak.
That makes us all de facto millionaires, and very committed to remaining so.
In warfare, asymmetry is where something very small can do a huge amount of damage.
In a fine Alfred Hitchcock movie called Notorious, the troubled character played by Ingrid Bergman gets very drunk at a party and asks Cary Grant to come for a drive.
Very seldom is that, "I should go to war to force others to my will."
They may not bump into them very often in what we call "everyday life" but do know them well enough to friend them.
I realize in these pages I must seem very distrustful of government, but it is not really true.
If this happens, the government becomes an agent that works against the very ideals it purports to protect.
Thus, governments are very sensitive to criticism and to challenges to their authority.
I know this is a controversial forecast, and to many people a very depressing one, but I think it is both inevitable and good.
In an era when cameras were cumbersome and the number of channels on TV could be counted on one hand with enough fingers left over to snap, very little video of any kind was seen.
All these things are the same today as they were in Shakespeare's time, and because of that, his stories are still very relevant to us.
We have achieved all that we have today in a very low-tech world.
The economy makes new machines that replace manual labor because many thousands of people are paid very well to do so.
In spite of the massive benefits civilization offers to every person in every station of life, a crazy few will always see it very differently.
If the answers to those questions are affirmative, then making assumptions about increasing rates of technological progress is very reasonable.
I had some difficulty in holding on, for the branches were very large and the bark hurt my hands.
At first, when my teacher told me about a new thing I asked very few questions.
Finally I noticed a very obvious error in the sequence and for an instant I concentrated my attention on the lesson and tried to think how I should have arranged the beads.
The deaf and the blind find it very difficult to acquire the amenities of conversation.
Very soon the green, pointed buds showed signs of opening.
I found surprises, not in the stocking only, but on the table, on all the chairs, at the door, on the very window-sill; indeed, I could hardly walk without stumbling on a bit of Christmas wrapped up in tissue paper.
It was hard, smooth sand, very different from the loose, sharp sand, mingled with kelp and shells, at Brewster.
I felt of him and thought it very strange that he should carry his house on his back.
This feat pleased me highly, as his body was very heavy, and it took all my strength to drag him half a mile.
It was very difficult to walk over, the ties were wide apart and so narrow that one felt as if one were walking on knives.
I had to feel for the rails with my toe; but I was not afraid, and got on very well, until all at once there came a faint "puff, puff" from the distance.
The earth seemed benumbed by his icy touch, and the very spirits of the trees had withdrawn to their roots, and there, curled up in the dark, lay fast asleep.
Constant practice makes the fingers very flexible, and some of my friends spell rapidly--about as fast as an expert writes on a typewriter.
This question surprised me very much; for I had not the faintest recollection of having had it read to me.
It is certain that I cannot always distinguish my own thoughts from those I read, because what I read becomes the very substance and texture of my mind.
Trying to write is very much like trying to put a Chinese puzzle together.
It was very amusing but I did not like it nearly so well as "Wilhelm Tell."
The papers were difficult, and I felt very anxious as I wrote out my answers on the typewriter.
The classes I was in were very large, and it was impossible for the teachers to give me special instruction.
On the seventeenth of November I was not very well, and did not go to school.
It is true that I was familiar with all literary braille in common use in this country--English, American, and New York Point; but the various signs and symbols in geometry and algebra in the three systems are very different, and I had used only the English braille in my algebra.
But on the night before the algebra examination, while I was struggling over some very complicated examples, I could not tell the combinations of bracket, brace and radical.
I found it very hard to keep my wits about me.
It was very lively.
The trouble is that very few of their laborious explanations stick in the memory.
It is impossible, I think, to read in one day four or five different books in different languages and treating of widely different subjects, and not lose sight of the very ends for which one reads.
But we did not begin the story until August; the first few weeks of my stay at the seashore were so full of discoveries and excitement that I forgot the very existence of books.
I do not know why it is, but stories in which animals are made to talk and act like human beings have never appealed to me very strongly.
Of course, I cannot guide the boat very well.
If I happen to be all alone and in an idle mood, I play a game of solitaire, of which I am very fond.
Dr. Edward Everett Hale is one of my very oldest friends.
Little Natalie is a very weak and small baby.
Boat was on very large river.
I was very happy to receive pretty book and nice candy and two letters from you.
My dear Miss Moore Are you very glad to receive a nice letter from your darling little friend?
I love you very dearly because you are my friend.
She is a very pretty baby.
Her eyes are very big and blue, and her cheeks are soft and round and rosy and her hair is very bright and golden.
She is very good and sweet when she does not cry loud.
Next summer Mildred will go out in the garden with me and pick the big sweet strawberries and then she will be very happy.
I hope she will not eat too many of the delicious fruit for they will make her very ill.
I had a very pleasant time at Brewster.
Will you please tell Harry to write me a very long letter soon?
West Newton is not far from Boston and we went there in the steam cars very quickly.
Many very handsome houses and large soft green lawns around them and trees and bright flowers and fountains.
The horse's name was Prince and he was gentle and liked to trot very fast.
Pony's name was Mollie and I had a nice ride on her back; I was not afraid, I hope my uncle will get me a dear little pony and a little cart very soon.
She showed me a tiny atze that very rich ladies in China wear because their feet never grow large.
Conductors and engineers do get very tired and go home to rest.
I am very sorry that Eva and Bessie are sick.
My dear uncle Morrie,--I think you will be very glad to receive a letter from your dear little friend Helen.
I am very happy to write to you because I think of you and love you.
People did not like to go to church with the king; but they did like to build very nice little churches for themselves.
I am very sorry that poor little Peregrine is dead now.
Now I am very tired and I will rest.
Are you very sad for Edith and me?
I shall climb very high mountains in Norway and see much ice and snow.
I hope Fauntleroy take me to see a very kind queen.
My rabbits are sleeping, too; and very soon I shall go to bed.
Are you very lonely and sad now?
A telescope is like a very strong eye.
The stars are so far away that people cannot tell much about them, without very excellent instruments.
Some are very tiny and some are very large.
I saw a very large bell at Wellesley.
Sometimes very terrible accidents happen, and many people are burned and drowned and injured.
It made me feel very sad to leave Boston and I missed all of my friends greatly, but of course I was glad to get back to my lovely home once more.
My darling little sister is growing very fast.
Sometimes she tries to spell very short words on her small [fingers] but she is too young to remember hard words.
I am very glad because I love the warm sunshine and the fragrant flowers.
Poor old Nancy is growing old and very feeble.
Jumbo is very strong and faithful.
I am very sorry that you are going so far away.
We shall miss you very, very much.
I thank you very much for the beautiful story about Lord Fauntleroy, and so does teacher.
It was very pleasant out in the shady woods, and we all enjoyed the picnic very much.
When you come home from Europe I hope you will be all well and very happy to get home again.
She wept because her brother teased her very much.
I will tell you what he did, and I think you will feel very sorry for the little child.
Shall you be very glad to see my teacher next Thursday?
If you liked, we would run and jump and hop and dance, and be very happy.
Give my love to all the little girls, and tell them that Helen loves them very, very much.
Little Arthur is growing very fast.
I will take very good care of him, and not let him fall and hurt himself.
We had some of them for supper, and they were very nice.
She is very roguish, too.
Pearl is a very proud mother-dog now.
I love them very, very, very much.
I miss you so very, very much.
I hope it will please you very much, because it makes me happy to send it.
Thank you very much for the nice gift.
I think puppies can feel very home-sick, as well as little girls.
I hope she will be very faithful, and brave, too.
I think she will laugh when I tell her she is a vertebrate, a mammal, a quadruped; and I shall be very sorry to tell her that she belongs to the order Carnivora.
I was very sorry that the poor little girl with the browns and the "tangled golden curls" died.
It is very pleasant to live here in our beautiful world.
I love you very dearly, because you have taught me so many lovely things about flowers, and birds, and people.
I hope [you] will enjoy the Thanksgiving very much.
We had a very nice dinner on Thanksgiving day,--turkey and plum-pudding.
They were very kind to me.
I am very sorry for them.
I hope you will like your watch-case, for it made me very happy to make it for you.
We would be very happy together.
Her throat was very sore and the doctor thought she would have to go away to the hospital, but she is better now.
He is very soft and delicate yet.
I hope I have written my letter nicely, but it is very difficult to write on this paper and teacher is not here to give me better.
I thank you very much for them.
I shall always keep them, and it will make me very happy to think that you found them, on that far away island, from which Columbus sailed to discover our dear country.
He was very brave.
Are you very glad that you could make so many happy?
I am sorry that you have no little children to play with you sometimes; but I think you are very happy with your books, and your many, many friends.
I am reading a very sad story, called "Little Jakey."
Are you very, very happy because you can make so many people happy?
I think you are very kind and patient, and I love you very dearly.
When I was a very little child I used to sit in my mother's lap all the time, because I was very timid, and did not like to be left by myself.
I did not know then that it was very naughty to do so.
I tried to make sounds like my little playmates, but teacher told me that the voice was very delicate and sensitive and that it would injure it to make incorrect sounds, and promised to take me to see a kind and wise lady who would teach me rightly.
I was very, very sad to part with all of my friends in Boston, but I was so eager to see my baby sister I could hardly wait for the train to take me home.
But I tried very hard to be patient for teacher's sake.
Why does the dear Father in heaven think it best for us to have very great sorrow sometimes?
I should like very much to see you to-day Is the sun very hot in Boston now? this afternoon if it is cool enough I shall take Mildred for a ride on my donkey.
Simpson, that is my brother, brought me some beautiful pond lilies yesterday--he is a very brother to me.
My Dear Helen--I was very glad indeed to get your letter.
But now I want to tell you how glad I am that you are so happy and enjoying your home so very much.
I can almost think I see you with your father and mother and little sister, with all the brightness of the beautiful country about you, and it makes me very glad to know how glad you are.
I told you that I was very happy because of your happiness.
A great deal of the trouble that is in the world is medicine which is very bad to take, but which it is good to take because it makes us better.
And so He loved men Himself and though they were very cruel to Him and at last killed Him, He was willing to die for them because He loved them so.
It gratifies me very much to find that you remember me so kindly.
I am very much delighted to hear of your new acquisition--that you "talk with your mouth" as well as with your fingers.
My Dear, Kind Friends:--I thank you very, very much for naming your beautiful new ship for me.
It makes me very happy to know that I have kind and loving friends in the far-away State of Maine.
But I suppose he is very busy now.
The hills in Virginia were very lovely.
Pennsylvania is a very beautiful State.
The grass was as green as though it was springtime, and the golden ears of corn gathered together in heaps in the great fields looked very pretty.
Do they miss their mistress very much?
It is a very pretty story, and I will tell it to you some time.
At first I was very sorry when I found that the sun had hidden his shining face behind dull clouds, but afterwards I thought why he did it, and then I was happy.
Eighty-three years seems very long to me.
I hope your Christmas Day will be a very happy one and that the New Year will be full of brightness and joy for you and every one.
My Dear Young Friend--I was very glad to have such a pleasant letter on my birthday.
Of course the sun did not shine, but we had great open wood fires in the rooms, which were all very sweet with roses and other flowers, which were sent to me from distant friends; and fruits of all kinds from California and other places.
It makes me very happy indeed to know that I have such dear friends in other lands.
It is very beautiful to think that people far away in England feel sorry for a little helpless child in America.
My favourite poet has written some lines about England which I love very much.
He cannot imagine how very, very happy he will be when he can tell us his thoughts, and we can tell him how we have loved him so long.
It is very beautiful to think that you can tell so many people of the heavenly Father's tender love for all His children even when they are not gentle and noble as He wishes them to be.
He is very happy indeed at the kindergarten, and is learning something every day.
He has found out that doors have locks, and that little sticks and bits of paper can be got into the key-hole quite easily; but he does not seem very eager to get them out after they are in.
I am very sorry to say that Tommy has not learned any words yet.
At the time this trouble seemed very grave and brought them much unhappiness.
My dear Mr. Munsell, Surely I need not tell you that your letter was very welcome.
He has, in truth, behaved very strangely ever since we came to Brewster.
Then we are very, very happy.
Please give your dear aunt teacher's and my love and tell her that we enjoyed our little visit very much indeed.
Nevertheless, I must tell you that we are alive,--that we reached home safely, and that we speak of you daily, and enjoy your interesting letters very much.
I have a very pretty little cart now, and if it ever stops raining teacher and I are going to drive every evening.
I thank you very much for your photograph.
I am glad, very glad that such a kind, beautiful lady loves me.
You must have wondered why your letter has not had an answer, and perhaps you have thought Teacher and me very naughty indeed.
You see, it is not very pleasant to write all about one's self.
I do try to think that he is still near, very near; but sometimes the thought that he is not here, that I shall not see him when I go to Boston,--that he is gone,--rushes over my soul like a great wave of sorrow.
TO MRS. KATE ADAMS KELLER South Boston, April 13, 1893. ...Teacher, Mrs. Pratt and I very unexpectedly decided to take a journey with dear Dr. Bell Mr. Westervelt, a gentleman whom father met in Washington, has a school for the deaf in Rochester.
...Every one at the Fair was very kind to me...
Nearly all of the exhibitors seemed perfectly willing to let me touch the most delicate things, and they were very nice about explaining everything to me.
I liked them both very much.
The Japanese books are very odd.
Prof. Morse knows a great deal about Japan, and is very kind and wise.
I enjoy my lessons very much.
I used to say I did not like arithmetic very well, but now I have changed my mind.
It is a very interesting souvenir of Columbus, and of the Fair White City; but I cannot imagine what discoveries I have made,--I mean new discoveries.
Oct. 23, 1894. ...The school is very pleasant, and bless you! it is quite fashionable....
The ancient cannon, which look seaward, wear a very menacing expression; but I doubt if there is any unkindness in their rusty old hearts.
The two distinguished authors were very gentle and kind, and I could not tell which of them I loved best.
I think he is very handsome indeed....
Was that not very kind?
We had a quiet but very pleasant time in Hulton.
Weren't we very fortunate?
It was very exciting; but I must say I did not enjoy it very much.
They were both very, very dear!
I have read "Le Medecin Malgre Lui," a very good French comedy by Moliere, with pleasure; and they say I speak French pretty well now, and German also.
Every one said I spoke very well and intelligibly.
Our friend, Mr. Alden, the editor of Harper's was there, and of course we enjoyed his society very much....
This year is going to be a very busy one for Teacher and myself.
Some one balances the toboggan on the very crest of the hill, while we get on, and when we are ready, off we dash down the side of the hill in a headlong rush, and, leaping a projection, plunge into a snow-drift and go swimming far across the pond at a tremendous rate!...
The truth is, I know very little about bicycles.
I have only ridden a "sociable," which is very different from the ordinary tandem.
But I must not waste my time wishing idle wishes; and after all my ancient friends are very wise and interesting, and I usually enjoy their society very much indeed.
I think Mr. Keith is a wonderful teacher, and I feel very grateful to him for having made me see the beauty of Mathematics.
It is a very strong poem and set me dreaming too.
There is but one cloud in my sky at present; but that is one which casts a dark shadow over my life, and makes me very anxious at times.
My teacher's eyes are no better: indeed, I think they grow more troublesome, though she is very brave and patient, and will not give up.
I am working very hard just now.
Cicero is splendid, but his orations are very difficult to translate.
TO MR. WILLIAM WADE Wrentham, Mass., June 5, 1899. ...Linnie Haguewood's letter, which you sent me some weeks ago, interested me very much.
The other day, I met a deaf Norwegian gentleman, who knows Ragnhild Kaata and her teacher very well, and we had a very interesting conversation about her.
He said she was very industrious and happy.
This arrangement worked very well in the languages, but not nearly so well in the Mathematics.
She showed me how very foolish it would be for me to pursue a four years' course of study at Radcliffe, simply to be like other girls, when I might better be cultivating whatever ability I had for writing.
Now there is one more fact, which I wish to state very plainly, in regard to what Mr. Gilman wrote to you.
The other is woollen, and of a very pretty green.
Am I not very fortunate?
My friends think it very strange that they should hesitate so long, especially when I have not asked them to simplify my work in the least, but only to modify it so as to meet the existing circumstances.
They were very kind; but I could not help feeling that they spoke more from a business than a humanitarian point of view.
It is hard, very hard at times; but it hasn't swamped me yet.
Her parents are very anxious indeed to find a teacher for her.
She could not even walk and had very little use of her hands.
Miss Watkins adds that she is very pretty.
She said Katie was very sweet indeed, but sadly in need of proper instruction.
I was much surprised to hear all this; for I judged from your letters that Katie was a very precocious girl....
Please do not think either of these very unpleasant thoughts.
The blind alone could not support it, but it would not take very much money to make up the additional expense.
The Indiana was the largest and finest ship in the Harbor, and we felt very proud of her.
Her enjoyment of music, however, is very genuine, for she has a tactile recognition of sound when the waves of air beat against her.
She seems to have very little sense of direction.
Miss Sullivan and others who live constantly with the deaf can spell very rapidly--fast enough to get a slow lecture, not fast enough to get every word of a rapid speaker.
Books for the blind are very limited in number.
Miss Keller does not as a rule read very fast, but she reads deliberately, not so much because she feels the words less quickly than we see then, as because it is one of her habits of mind to do things thoroughly and well.
She had no conception of God before she heard the word "God," as her comments very clearly show.
She was very greatly excited by it, and said: 'It is terrible!
After thinking a little while, she added, 'I think Shakespeare made it very terrible so that people would see how fearful it is to do wrong.'
Sometimes she gets started on a very solemn preachment.
She means everything so thoroughly that her very quotations, her echoes from what she has read, are in truth original.
Very early in her life she became almost totally blind, and she entered the Perkins Institution October 7, 1880, when she was fourteen years old.
The drive from the station to the house, a distance of one mile, was very lovely and restful.
I was surprised to find Mrs. Keller a very young-looking woman, not much older than myself, I should think.
Her face flushed, and when her mother attempted to take the bag from her, she grew very angry.
She is very quick-tempered and wilful, and nobody, except her brother James, has attempted to control her.
She imitated them very well and pointed to the doll.
I went downstairs and got some cake (she is very fond of sweets).
She began to work delightedly and finished the card in a few minutes, and did it very neatly indeed.
She was very troublesome when I began to write this morning.
I thought this very clever.
My eyes are very much inflamed.
I know this letter is very carelessly written.
Although I try very hard not to force issues, I find it very difficult to avoid them.
I like Mrs. Keller very much.
I very soon made up my mind that I could do nothing with Helen in the midst of the family, who have always allowed her to do exactly as she pleased.
She devoted herself to her dolls the first evening, and when it was bedtime she undressed very quietly, but when she felt me get into bed with her, she jumped out on the other side, and nothing that I could do would induce her to get in again.
The next morning she was very docile, but evidently homesick.
I have just heard something that surprised me very much.
She learned the stitch this week, and is very proud of the achievement.
I don't agree with him; but I suppose we shall have to leave our little bower very soon.
This pleased her very much and stimulated her ambition to excel Percy.
One day this week Captain Keller brought Belle, a setter of which he is very proud, to see us.
Belle didn't seem very anxious to attract her attention.
This morning she planted her doll and showed me that she expected her to grow as tall as I. You must see that she is very bright, but you have no idea how cunning she is.
She learned to knit very quickly, and is making a wash-cloth for her mother.
I must write you a line this morning because something very important has happened.
She has flitted from object to object, asking the name of everything and kissing me for very gladness.
Again, when I hid the spool, she looked for it in a little box not more than an inch long; and she very soon gave up the search.
She evidently understood that VERY was the name of the new thing that had come into her head; for all the way back to the house she used the word VERY correctly.
She is always ready for a lesson, and the eagerness with which she absorbs ideas is very delightful.
She went through these motions several times, mimicking every movement, then she stood very still for a moment with a troubled look on her face, which suddenly cleared, and she spelled, "Good Helen," and wreathed her face in a very large, artificial smile.
She is very nervous and excitable.
One day, when I wanted her to bring me some water, she said: Legs very tired.
The hen was very gentle, and made no objection to our investigations.
They tell us that Helen is "overdoing," that her mind is too active (these very people thought she had no mind at all a few months ago!) and suggest many absurd and impossible remedies.
This suggestion didn't please her, however; for she replied, "No. Nancy is very sick."
She can count to thirty very quickly, and can write seven of the square-hand letters and the words which can be made with them.
She is always ready to share whatever she has with those about her, often keeping but very little for herself.
Later Helen came to my room, looking very sad, and wanted to kiss me.
You were very naughty, and I cannot kiss naughty girl.
She stood very still for a moment, and it was evident from her face, which was flushed and troubled, that a struggle was going on in her mind.
She was very much excited when we went upstairs; so I tried to interest her in a curious insect called a stick-bug.
Is bug very happy?
She was very willing to go, and let Viney kiss her, though she didn't return the caress.
She was delighted, and showed her pleasure by hugging and kissing the little fellow, which embarrassed him very much.
She has talked incessantly since her return about what she did in Huntsville, and we notice a very decided improvement in her ability to use language.
She remembers all that I told her about it, and in telling her mother REPEATED THE VERY WORDS AND PHRASES I HAD USED IN DESCRIBING IT TO HER.
In conclusion she asked her mother if she should like to see "very high mountain and beautiful cloudcaps."
Did Leila tell doctor to get very small new baby?
There are several near Tuscumbia; one very large one from which the town got its name.
Then she got up and stood very still, as if listening with her feet for Mildred's "thump, thump."
Helen did slap very wrong girl.
I said, "Mildred doesn't understand your fingers, and we must be very gentle with her."
I told her that her hair was brown, and she asked, "Is brown very pretty?"
I couldn't help laughing, for at that very moment Viney was shouting at the top of her voice:
Very soon she learned the difference between ON and IN, though it was some time before she could use these words in sentences of her own.
About this time I sent a list of the words she knew to Mr. Anagnos, and he very kindly had them printed for her.
The flowers did not seem to give her pleasure, and she was very quiet while we stayed there.
Christmas week was a very busy one here, too.
Several little girls have learned to spell on their fingers and are very proud of the accomplishment.
It was very sweet to see the children's eager interest in Helen, and their readiness to give her pleasure.
When she saw the braille slate and paper, she said, "I will write many letters, and I will thank Santa Claus very much."
She said: Pencil is very tired in head.
In a flash she answered, "I think Uncle Frank is much (too) old to read very small letters."
"No," she replied, "pencil is very weak."
The stores in Memphis are very good, and I managed to spend all the money that I had with me.
One day Helen said, "I must buy Nancy a very pretty hat."
I said, "Very well, we will go shopping this afternoon."
Dr. Hale claims kinship with Helen, and seems very proud of his little cousin.
Fierce is much cross and strong and very hungry.
Boy must be very careful.
She buried me under the pillows and then I grew very slow like tree out of ground.
But I haven't time to write all the pleasant things people said--they would make a very large book, and the kind things they did for us would fill another volume.
Nancy is sick, and Adeline is cross, and Ida is very bad.
We were very kindly received, and Helen enjoyed meeting the children.
We are very sorry.
Her recollections of the sensations of smell are very vivid.
She responds quickly to the gentle pressure of affection, the pat of approval, the jerk of impatience, the firm motion of command, and to the many other variations of the almost infinite language of the feelings; and she has become so expert in interpreting this unconscious language of the emotions that she is often able to divine our very thoughts.
Then she added: I think she is very dead.
She was very sick and died.
She got in the ground, and she is very dirty, and she is cold.
Florence is very sad in big hole.
When she was very sick she tossed and moaned in bed.
Notwithstanding the activity of Helen's mind, she is a very natural child.
She is very fond of children younger than herself, and a baby invariably calls forth all the motherly instincts of her nature.
She has a very sociable disposition, and delights in the companionship of those who can follow the rapid motions of her fingers; but if left alone she will amuse herself for hours at a time with her knitting or sewing.
She is very fond of all the living things at home, and she will not have them unkindly treated.
They are not very wrong to eat too many grapes because they do not know much.
Soon after I became her teacher Helen broke her new doll, of which she was very fond.
It was raining very hard and he had a very large umbrella to keep off the rain-drops.
Little chickens did get very cold and die.
I ate very small fish for supper.
When I asked her what she was doing, she replied, "I am a very funny camel."
The horse was an old, worn-out chestnut, with an ill-kept coat, and bones that showed plainly through it; the knees knuckled over, and the forelegs were very unsteady.
There were very few spots of sunshine in poor Ginger's life, and the sadnesses were so many!
You must remember, dear teacher, that Greek parents were very particular with their children, and they used to let them listen to wise words, and I think they understood some of them.
Once, when a question puzzled her very much, I suggested that we take a walk and then perhaps she would understand it.
By signs she made me understand that she wished another story, and I gave her a book containing very short stories, written in the most elementary style.
When I subsequently talked with her she said: I have something very funny to tell you.
"I am thinking how very busy dear Mother Nature is in the springtime," she replied.
Why does not the earth fall, it is so very large and heavy?
She was very still for a few minutes, evidently thinking earnestly.
She thought the miracles of Jesus very strange.
"Oh, yes!" she replied; "because last hour I was thinking very hard of Mr. Anagnos, and then my mind,"--then changing the word--"my soul was in Athens, but my body was here in the study."
A moment after she said, "Will you please go first and tell me all about it?" and then she added, "Tuscumbia is a very beautiful little town."
At another time she asked, "Do you not think we would be very much happier always, if we did not have to die?"
When her friend added that some of the pupils he had seen in Budapest had more than one hundred tunes in their heads, she said, laughing, "I think their heads must be very noisy."
During the first two years of her intellectual life, I required Helen to write very little.
If Miss Keller is fond of language and not interested especially in mathematics, it is not surprising to find Miss Sullivan's interests very similar.
I explained to her that some deaf children were taught to speak, but that they could see their teachers' mouths, and that that was a very great assistance to them.
But she interrupted me to say she was very sure she could feel my mouth very well.
In the very nature of things, articulation is an unsatisfactory means of education; while the use of the manual alphabet quickens and invigorates mental activity, since through it the deaf child is brought into close contact with the English language, and the highest and most abstract ideas may be conveyed to the mind readily and accurately.
Hard consonants were, and indeed still are, very difficult for her to pronounce in connection with one another in the same word; she often suppresses the one and changes the other, and sometimes she replaces both by an analogous sound with soft aspiration.
It seems very strange to me that there should be this difference of opinion; I cannot understand how any one interested in our education can fail to appreciate the satisfaction we feel in being able to express our thoughts in living words.
There is, moreover, a reason why Helen Keller writes good English, which lies in the very absence of sight and hearing.
She appeared to enjoy it very much indeed.
My heart sang for very joy.
Thank you very much for the Report, Gazette, and Helen's Journal.
It makes me very happy to please you and my dear teacher.
I wonder if you would like to have me tell you a pretty dream which I had a long time ago when I was a very little child?
One pleasant morning in the beautiful springtime, I thought I was sitting on the soft grass under my dear mother's window, looking very earnestly at the rose-bushes which were growing all around me.
It was quite early, the sun had not been up very long; the birds were just beginning to sing joyously.
I was a very happy little child with rosy cheeks, and large blue eyes, and the most beautiful golden ringlets you can imagine.
It was very beautiful; but the idle fairies were too much frightened at the mischief their disobedience had caused, to admire the beauty of the forest, and at once tried to hide themselves among the bushes, lest King Frost should come and punish them.
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.
Then the fairies thanked him for his forgiveness, and promised to work very hard to please him; and the good-natured king took them all up in his arms, and carried them safely home to his palace.
But, children, you must make King Frost a visit the very first opportunity you have, and see for yourselves this wonderful palace.
It was very beautiful, but the disobedient fairies were too frightened to notice the beauty of the trees.
At first King Frost was very angry, and the fairies trembled and crouched lower in their hiding-places, and I do not know what might have happened to them if just then a party of boys and girls had not entered the wood.
Now Helen, in her letter of February, 1890 (quoted above), alludes to this story of Miss Canby's as a dream "WHICH I HAD A LONG TIME AGO WHEN I WAS A VERY LITTLE CHILD."
This morning I took a bath, and when teacher came upstairs to comb my hair she told me some very sad news which made me unhappy all day.
I thought very much about the sad news when teacher went to the doctor's; she was not here at dinner and I missed her.'
Let him get language and he gets the very stuff that language is made of, the thought and the experience of his race.
From the early sketch I take a few passages which seem to me, without making very much allowance for difference in time, almost as good as anything she has written since:
Then my parents knew I would live, and they were very happy.
I was never angry after that because I understood what my friends said to me, and I was very busy learning many wonderful things.
To be sure, I take the keenest interest in everything that concerns those who surround me; it is this very interest which makes it so difficult for me to carry on a conversation with some people who will not talk or say what they think, but I should not be sorry to find more friends ready to talk with me now and then about the wonderful things I read.
The very fact that the nineteenth century has not produced many authors whom the world may count among the greatest of all time does not in my opinion justify the remark, "There may come a time when people cease to write."
It is very interesting to watch a plant grow, it is like taking part in creation.
I rarely have dreams that are not in keeping with what I really think and feel, but one night my very nature seemed to change, and I stood in the eye of the world a mighty man and a terrible.
I was very fond of bananas, and one night I dreamed that I found a long string of them in the dining-room, near the cupboard, all peeled and deliciously ripe, and all I had to do was to stand under the string and eat as long as I could eat.
Would the heart, overweighted with sudden joy, stop beating for very excess of happiness?
On the 1st of April it rained and melted the ice, and in the early part of the day, which was very foggy, I heard a stray goose groping about over the pond and cackling as if lost, or like the spirit of the fog.
All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism.
I remember when wages were sixty cents a day for laborers on this very road.
I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.
This town is said to have the largest houses for oxen, cows, and horses hereabouts, and it is not behindhand in its public buildings; but there are very few halls for free worship or free speech in this county.
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.
But all this is very selfish, I have heard some of my townsmen say.
I confess that I have hitherto indulged very little in philanthropic enterprises.
Being superior to physical suffering, it sometimes chanced that they were superior to any consolation which the missionaries could offer; and the law to do as you would be done by fell with less persuasiveness on the ears of those who, for their part, did not care how they were done by, who loved their enemies after a new fashion, and came very near freely forgiving them all they did.
This ducking was the very thing he needed.
The very dew seemed to hang upon the trees later into the day than usual, as on the sides of mountains.
It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.
I think that there are very few important communications made through it.
They had not learned the nobler dialects of Greece and Rome, but the very materials on which they were written were waste paper to them, and they prized instead a cheap contemporary literature.
There is in this town, with a very few exceptions, no taste for the best or for very good books even in English literature, whose words all can read and spell.
We are underbred and low-lived and illiterate; and in this respect I confess I do not make any very broad distinction between the illiterateness of my townsman who cannot read at all and the illiterateness of him who has learned to read only what is for children and feeble intellects.
The natural day is very calm, and will hardly reprove his indolence.
No yard! but unfenced nature reaching up to your very sills.
In one heavy thunder-shower the lightning struck a large pitch pine across the pond, making a very conspicuous and perfectly regular spiral groove from top to bottom, an inch or more deep, and four or five inches wide, as you would groove a walking-stick.
I answered that I was very sure I liked it passably well; I was not joking.
We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other.
I require of a visitor that he be not actually starving, though he may have the very best appetite in the world, however he got it.
When I was four years old, as I well remember, I was brought from Boston to this my native town, through these very woods and this field, to the pond.
And now to-night my flute has waked the echoes over that very water.
It was very pleasant, when I stayed late in town, to launch myself into the night, especially if it was dark and tempestuous, and set sail from some bright village parlor or lecture room, with a bag of rye or Indian meal upon my shoulder, for my snug harbor in the woods, having made all tight without and withdrawn under hatches with a merry crew of thoughts, leaving only my outer man at the helm, or even tying up the helm when it was plain sailing.
But, looking directly down into our waters from a boat, they are seen to be of very different colors.
This is particularly distinct to one standing on the middle of the pond in winter, just after a light snow has fallen, appearing as a clear undulating white line, unobscured by weeds and twigs, and very obvious a quarter of a mile off in many places where in summer it is hardly distinguishable close at hand.
These are all very firm fish, and weigh more than their size promises.
It was very clumsy, but lasted a great many years before it became water-logged and perhaps sank to the bottom.
Once it chanced that I stood in the very abutment of a rainbow's arch, which filled the lower stratum of the atmosphere, tinging the grass and leaves around, and dazzling me as if I looked through colored crystal.
Beside, he tells us that he showed it to very few.
"That in which men differ from brute beasts," says Mencius, "is a thing very inconsiderable; the common herd lose it very soon; superior men preserve it carefully."
Or, if you choose to go farther, it will not be unwise, for I have found the increase of fair bait to be very nearly as the squares of the distances.
It was a very hazy day.
The remarkably adult yet innocent expression of their open and serene eyes is very memorable.
It was very exciting at that season to roam the then boundless chestnut woods of Lincoln--they now sleep their long sleep under the railroad--with a bag on my shoulder, and a stick to open burs with in my hand, for I did not always wait for the frost, amid the rustling of leaves and the loud reproofs of the red squirrels and the jays, whose half-consumed nuts I sometimes stole, for the burs which they had selected were sure to contain sound ones.
Many of the villages of Mesopotamia are built of second-hand bricks of a very good quality, obtained from the ruins of Babylon, and the cement on them is older and probably harder still.
These bubbles are from an eightieth to an eighth of an inch in diameter, very clear and beautiful, and you see your face reflected in them through the ice.
Though completely waterlogged and almost as heavy as lead, they not only burned long, but made a very hot fire; nay, I thought that they burned better for the soaking, as if the pitch, being confined by the water, burned longer, as in a lamp.
Here, by the very corner of my field, still nearer to town, Zilpha, a colored woman, had her little house, where she spun linen for the townsfolk, making the Walden Woods ring with her shrill singing, for she had a loud and notable voice.
The very nearness of the fire but cooled our ardor.
The hares (Lepus Americanus) were very familiar.
The snow lying deep on the earth dotted with young pines, and the very slope of the hill on which my house is placed, seemed to say, Forward!
But the deepest ponds are not so deep in proportion to their area as most suppose, and, if drained, would not leave very remarkable valleys.
So, probably, the depth of the ocean will be found to be very inconsiderable compared with its breadth.
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.
He cuts and saws the solid pond, unroofs the house of fishes, and carts off their very element and air, held fast by chains and stakes like corded wood, through the favoring winter air, to wintry cellars, to underlie the summer there.
A severe cold of a few days' duration in March may very much retard the opening of the former ponds, while the temperature of Walden increases almost uninterruptedly.
You find thus in the very sands an anticipation of the vegetable leaf.
The very globe continually transcends and translates itself, and becomes winged in its orbit.
You may tell by looking at any twig of the forest, ay, at your very wood-pile, whether its winter is past or not.
A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.
The poor girl is very unhappy.
One of the next arrivals was a stout, heavily built young man with close-cropped hair, spectacles, the light-colored breeches fashionable at that time, a very high ruffle, and a brown dress coat.
"It is very good of you, Monsieur Pierre, to come and visit a poor invalid," said Anna Pavlovna, exchanging an alarmed glance with her aunt as she conducted him to her.
Yes, I have heard of his scheme for perpetual peace, and it is very interesting but hardly feasible.
Seeing the self-confident and refined expression on the faces of those present he was always expecting to hear something very profound.
The vicomte told his tale very neatly.
The story was very pretty and interesting, especially at the point where the rivals suddenly recognized one another; and the ladies looked agitated.
He was a very handsome young man, of medium height, with firm, clearcut features.
"Very lovely," said Prince Andrew.
There is in Moscow a lady, une dame, and she is very stingy.
She must have two footmen behind her carriage, and very big ones.
"I am very glad I did not go to the ambassador's," said Prince Hippolyte "-so dull-.
"They say the ball will be very good," replied the princess, drawing up her downy little lip.
Very likely it would be splendid, but it will never come about...
Ask her in," she said to the footman in a sad voice, as if saying: "Very well, finish me off."
"He is very much altered now," said Anna Mikhaylovna.
I know it all very well for Prince Vasili told me himself.
Natasha, very still, peered out from her ambush, waiting to see what he would do.
Though what she said was quite just, perhaps for that very reason no one replied, and the four simply looked at one another.
"Now, Vera, what does it matter to you?" said Natasha in defense, speaking very gently.
"Very silly," said Vera.
"Natalya Ilynichna behaves very well to me," remarked Boris.
You are a Madame de Genlis and nothing more" (this nickname, bestowed on Vera by Nicholas, was considered very stinging), "and your greatest pleasure is to be unpleasant to people!
Yes, he is a fine fellow and a very kind relation.
"My friend," said Anna Mikhaylovna in gentle tones, addressing the hall porter, "I know Count Cyril Vladimirovich is very ill... that's why I have come...
He sent for Pierre and said to him: My dear fellow, if you are going to behave here as you did in Petersburg, you will end very badly; that is all I have to say to you.
The count is very, very ill, and you must not see him at all.
"Yes, it is all very horrid," interrupted Pierre, "very horrid."
I know very well...
I am very glad to have made your acquaintance.
"I am very sorry, ma'am," answered the maid.
"Annette, for heaven's sake don't refuse me," the countess began, with a blush that looked very strange on her thin, dignified, elderly face, and she took the money from under the handkerchief.
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.
I suppose it's very interesting.
You are very kind...
All the unmarried ladies and even the married ones except the very oldest rose.
Natasha, who was treated as though she were grown up, was evidently very proud of this but at the same time felt shy.
It's all very well for you...
Pierre did not eat anything though he would very much have liked to.
Why do you remain silent when heaven knows who permits herself to interfere, making a scene on the very threshold of a dying man's room?
He is said to be very handsome and a terrible scapegrace.
As to his inheritance and the part played by Prince Vasili, it is very sad for both.
He is in a very bad humor, very morose.
Princess Mary had turned toward her brother, and through her tears the loving, warm, gentle look of her large luminous eyes, very beautiful at that moment, rested on Prince Andrew's face.
Ah! it is very dreadful...
The prince, who generally kept very strictly to social distinctions and rarely admitted even important government officials to his table, had unexpectedly selected Michael Ivanovich (who always went into a corner to blow his nose on his checked handkerchief) to illustrate the theory that all men are equals, and had more than once impressed on his daughter that Michael Ivanovich was "not a whit worse than you or I."
All these traveling effects of Prince Andrew's were in very good order: new, clean, and in cloth covers carefully tied with tapes.
Prince Andrew's face looked very thoughtful and tender.
She is very nice and kind and, above all, she's much to be pitied.
Father likes her very much.
She is very good-natured, and my father likes her way of reading.
"He always was rather harsh; and now I should think he's getting very trying," said Prince Andrew, apparently speaking lightly of their father in order to puzzle or test his sister.
She is so sweet, so good- natured, and her position now is a very hard one.
This very sentence about Countess Zubova and this same laugh Prince Andrew had already heard from his wife in the presence of others some five times.
He was very pleased!
And, in fact, the last letter he had received from Mack's army informed him of a victory and stated strategically the position of the army was very favorable.
* (2) "It is all very well for that good-for-nothing fellow of whom you have made a friend, but not for you, not for you."
* A very good morning!
A very good morning!
The lieutenant was looking about in his usual way and suddenly seemed to grow very merry.
"Thank you very much, Prince," answered one of the officers, pleased to be talking to a staff officer of such importance.
"Very good," answered Nesvitski.
But this sort of thing is the very devil, with them shooting at you like a target.
Despite his apparently delicate build Prince Andrew could endure physical fatigue far better than many very muscular men, and on the night of the battle, having arrived at Krems excited but not weary, with dispatches from Dokhturov to Kutuzov, he was sent immediately with a special dispatch to Brunn.
Thank you very much.
Bolkonski, very modestly without once mentioning himself, described the engagement and his reception by the Minister of War.
"I know," interrupted Bilibin, "you're thinking it's very easy to take marshals, sitting on a sofa by the fire!
Prince Auersperg is on this, on our side of the river, and is defending us--doing it very badly, I think, but still he is defending us.
They say we are going to Olmutz, and Olmutz is a very decent town.
Very sinister reports of the position of the army reached him as he went along, and the appearance of the troops in their disorderly flight confirmed these rumors.
Kutuzov's expectations that the proposals of capitulation (which were in no way binding) might give time for part of the transport to pass, and also that Murat's mistake would very soon be discovered, proved correct.
"Thank you very much, I will go on alone," said Prince Andrew, wishing to rid himself of this staff officer's company, "please don't trouble yourself further."
Of course you artillery men are very wise, because you can take everything along with you--vodka and snacks.
"It is very strange, mon Monsieur Prince," said the staff officer.
"Very good!" said Bagration in reply to the officer's report, and began deliberately to examine the whole battlefield extended before him.
"Very good!" said Bagration.
Prince Andrew noticed, however, that though what happened was due to chance and was independent of the commander's will, owing to the tact Bagration showed, his presence was very valuable.
The general in command of the infantry went toward his horse with jerky steps, and having mounted drew himself up very straight and tall and rode to the Pavlograd commander.
It seemed to him that it was a very long time ago, almost a day, since he had first seen the enemy and fired the first shot, and that the corner of the field he stood on was well-known and familiar ground.
You're very smart! one of them shouted hoarsely.
He was always hearing such words as: "With your remarkable kindness," or, "With your excellent heart," "You are yourself so honorable Count," or, "Were he as clever as you," and so on, till he began sincerely to believe in his own exceptional kindness and extraordinary intelligence, the more so as in the depth of his heart it had always seemed to him that he really was very kind and intelligent.
I am very glad.
The aunt coughed, swallowed, and said in French that she was very pleased to see Helene, then she turned to Pierre with the same words of welcome and the same look.
She was, as always at evening parties, wearing a dress such as was then fashionable, cut very low at front and back.
But at the very time he was expressing this conviction to himself, in another part of his mind her image rose in all its womanly beauty.
"This is all very fine, but things must be settled," said Prince Vasili to himself, with a sorrowful sigh, one morning, feeling that Pierre who was under such obligations to him ("But never mind that") was not behaving very well in this matter.
It seemed as if the very light of the candles was focused on those two happy faces alone.
Of course, it is a very brilliant match, but happiness, my dear...
I am very pleased.
All this might, he thought, turn out very well and amusingly.
I say, Father, joking apart, is she very hideous?
Mademoiselle Bourienne and the little princess had to own to themselves that Princess Mary in this guise looked very plain, worse than usual, but it was too late.
It was evident that he could be silent in this way for a very long time.
Perhaps he did not really think this when he met women--even probably he did not, for in general he thought very little--but his looks and manner gave that impression.
Anatole answered the Frenchwoman very readily and, looking at her with a smile, talked to her about her native land.
"On the contrary, that coiffure suits the princess very well," said Prince Vasili.
So her future shaped itself in Mademoiselle Bourienne's head at the very time she was talking to Anatole about Paris.
The old prince was very affectionate and careful in his treatment of his daughter that morning.
I am very glad to have seen you.
"Very, very glad to have seen you," repeated he, embracing Prince Vasili.
"Very, very glad to have seen you," repeated he, embracing Prince Vasili.
Each time that these hints began to make the countess anxious and she glanced uneasily at the count and at Anna Mikhaylovna, the latter very adroitly turned the conversation to insignificant matters.
Now I'm very glad, very glad indeed, that my brother has distinguished himself so.
"No, Sonya, but do you remember so that you remember him perfectly, remember everything?" said Natasha, with an expressive gesture, evidently wishing to give her words a very definite meaning.
Berg, who had obtained his captaincy during the campaign, had gained the confidence of his superiors by his promptitude and accuracy and had arranged his money matters very satisfactorily.
And the Tsarevich was very gracious to all our officers.
"He is a very, very nice, honest, and pleasant fellow," answered Boris.
It is very difficult to tell the truth, and young people are rarely capable of it.
When he entered, Prince Andrew, his eyes drooping contemptuously (with that peculiar expression of polite weariness which plainly says, "If it were not my duty I would not talk to you for a moment"), was listening to an old Russian general with decorations, who stood very erect, almost on tiptoe, with a soldier's obsequious expression on his purple face, reporting something.
"Very well, then, be so good as to wait," said Prince Andrew to the general, in Russian, speaking with the French intonation he affected when he wished to speak contemptuously, and noticing Boris, Prince Andrew, paying no more heed to the general who ran after him imploring him to hear something more, nodded and turned to him with a cheerful smile.
I am very sorry you did not find me in yesterday.
He very readily took up Boris' cause and went with him to Dolgorukov.
You know Bilibin--he's a very clever fellow.
Oh yes, very much!
You know I should be very glad to do all in my power both for you and for this dear young man.
Next day, the army began its campaign, and up to the very battle of Austerlitz, Boris was unable to see either Prince Andrew or Dolgorukov again and remained for a while with the Ismaylov regiment.
"The reserves, sire!" replied a voice, a very human one compared to that which had said: "The Pavlograd hussars?"
He is a man in a gray overcoat, very anxious that I should call him 'Your Majesty,' but who, to his chagrin, got no title from me!
The dispositions were very complicated and difficult.
"Yes, it is very likely that I shall be killed tomorrow," he thought.
"Very good, very good," said Bagration.
"Very good, very good," said Bagration.
Oh, very well, you may stay in attendance on me.
"Tomorrow very likely I may be sent with some message to the Emperor," thought Rostov.
Seeing them he kept thinking, "That may be the very standard with which I shall lead the army."
The Emperor Francis, a rosy, long faced young man, sat very erect on his handsome black horse, looking about him in a leisurely and preoccupied manner.
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.
The ice bore him but it swayed and creaked, and it was plain that it would give way not only under a cannon or a crowd, but very soon even under his weight alone.
He's very young to come to meddle with us.
Sonya now was sixteen and she was very pretty, especially at this moment of happy, rapturous excitement.
Curving her arms, Natasha held out her skirts as dancers do, ran back a few steps, turned, cut a caper, brought her little feet sharply together, and made some steps on the very tips of her toes.
Is he very terrible, Denisov?
And is he very nice?
After a short period of adapting himself to the old conditions of life, Nicholas found it very pleasant to be at home again.
He felt that he had grown up and matured very much.
At the beginning of March, old Count Ilya Rostov was very busy arranging a dinner in honor of Prince Bagration at the English Club.
"Ah, my dear friend, he is very unfortunate," she said.
"Yes, he is very handsome," thought Pierre, "and I know him.
Dolokhov, Denisov, and Rostov were now sitting opposite Pierre and seemed very gay.
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.
"I should not be doing my duty, Count," he said in timid tones, "and should not justify your confidence and the honor you have done me in choosing me for your second, if at this grave, this very grave, moment I did not tell you the whole truth.
Very well, but only if you give me a fortune, said Helene.
The gazettes from which the old prince first heard of the defeat at Austerlitz stated, as usual very briefly and vaguely, that after brilliant engagements the Russians had had to retreat and had made their withdrawal in perfect order.
Oh, you are very pale! said Princess Mary in alarm, running with her soft, ponderous steps up to her sister-in-law.
We'll manage very well without a doctor.
"Very good!" said the prince closing the door behind him, and Tikhon did not hear the slightest sound from the study after that.
"No it can't be, that would be too extraordinary," and at the very moment she thought this, the face and figure of Prince Andrew, in a fur cloak the deep collar of which covered with snow, appeared on the landing where the footman stood with the candle.
Dolokhov recovered, and Rostov became very friendly with him during his convalescence.
At that time in the Rostovs' house there prevailed an amorous atmosphere characteristic of homes where there are very young and very charming girls.
Nicholas understood that something must have happened between Sonya and Dolokhov before dinner, and with the kindly sensitiveness natural to him was very gentle and wary with them both at dinner.
Natasha fell in love the very moment she entered the ballroom.
"Now, Sonya!" she said, going to the very middle of the room, where she considered the resonance was best.
It's all very well for you, said Natasha, with a responsive smile.
I am very grateful to you.
On the contrary, I am very glad to make your acquaintance, said Pierre.
A person of very high standing in our Brotherhood has made application for you to be received into our Order before the usual term and has proposed to me to be your sponsor.
"Very well," said Smolyaninov, and went on at once: "Have you any idea of the means by which our holy Order will help you to reach your aim?" said he quietly and quickly.
Pierre knew very well what a hieroglyph was, but dared not speak.
They were very long, and Pierre, from joy, agitation, and embarrassment, was not in a state to understand what was being read.
The novelty Anna Pavlovna was setting before her guests that evening was Boris Drubetskoy, who had just arrived as a special messenger from the Prussian army and was aide-de-camp to a very important personage.
Thanks to Anna Mikhaylovna's efforts, his own tastes, and the peculiarities of his reserved nature, Boris had managed during his service to place himself very advantageously.
Speaking of the position of Prussia, Anna Pavlovna very naturally asked Boris to tell them about his journey to Glogau and in what state he found the Prussian army.
When everybody rose to go, Helene who had spoken very little all the evening again turned to Boris, asking him in a tone of caressing significant command to come to her on Tuesday.
Have just this moment received by special messenger very joyful news--if it's not false.
We civilians, as you know, have a very bad way of deciding whether a battle was won or lost.
During this interregnum we begin a very original and interesting series of maneuvers.
So the first task Pierre had to face was one for which he had very little aptitude or inclination--practical business.
"Well, I did not expect you, I am very glad," said Prince Andrew.
"Yes, we have altered much, very much, since then," said Prince Andrew.
"I was very much surprised when I heard of it," said Prince Andrew.
I only know two very real evils in life: remorse and illness.
What error or evil can there be in my wishing to do good, and even doing a little--though I did very little and did it very badly?
No, thank you very much!
It's all very well....
It's really very curious.
She looked at him with her beautiful radiant eyes and seemed to say, "I like you very much, but please don't laugh at my people."
I am very glad to see you.
"You are very kind," she said to him.
I am very anxious about him.
And I am also very much afraid for him spiritually.
He needs activity, and this quiet regular life is very bad for him.
The old prince was in a good temper and very gracious to Pierre.
It was very bitter, but they wandered about the fields seeking it and dug it out with their sabers and ate it, though they were ordered not to do so, as it was a noxious plant.
"I warn you, Captain," one of the officers, a short thin man, evidently very angry, was saying.
"Very well, then!" shouted the little officer, undaunted and not riding away.
"Very well, very well!" muttered the officer, threateningly, and turning his horse he trotted away, jolting in his saddle.
"Very well, very well!" muttered the officer, threateningly, and turning his horse he trotted away, jolting in his saddle.
Rostov, who felt his friend's absence very much, having no news of him since he left and feeling very anxious about his wound and the progress of his affairs, took advantage of the armistice to get leave to visit Denisov in hospital.
Very glad, very glad to see you, he said, however, coming toward him with a smile.
Very glad, very glad to see you, he said, however, coming toward him with a smile.
The look of annoyance had already disappeared from Boris' face: having evidently reflected and decided how to act, he very quietly took both Rostov's hands and led him into the next room.
Zhilinski evidently did not receive this new Russian person very willingly into his circle and did not speak to Rostov.
I have heard of such cases and know that His Majesty is very severe in such affairs.
He was riding a very fine thoroughbred gray Arab horse with a crimson gold-embroidered saddlecloth.
That way we shall be saying there is no God--nothing! shouted Nicholas, banging the table--very little to the point as it seemed to his listeners, but quite relevantly to the course of his own thoughts.
The night was fresh, bright, and very still.
"But where is it?" he again wondered, gazing at the left side of the road, and without recognizing it he looked with admiration at the very oak he sought.
"My dear," Princess Mary entering at such a moment would say, "little Nicholas can't go out today, it's very cold."
"If it were hot," Prince Andrew would reply at such times very dryly to his sister, "he could go out in his smock, but as it is cold he must wear warm clothes, which were designed for that purpose.
The reforming party cordially welcomed and courted him, in the first place because he was reputed to be clever and very well read, and secondly because by liberating his serfs he had obtained the reputation of being a liberal.
I am very glad to make your acquaintance.
(This last resource was one he very frequently employed.)
We are very far from that.
From morning till late at night, except when he eats his very plain food, he is working at science.
In this group Helene, as soon as she had settled in Petersburg with her husband, took a very prominent place.
"What a strange antipathy," thought Pierre, "yet I used to like him very much."
I dreamed that Joseph Alexeevich was sitting in my house, and that I was very glad and wished to entertain him.
In Petersburg they were provincials, and the very people they had entertained in Moscow without inquiring to what set they belonged, here looked down on them.
Among the men who very soon became frequent visitors at the Rostovs' house in Petersburg were Boris, Pierre whom the count had met in the street and dragged home with him, and Berg who spent whole days at the Rostovs' and paid the eldest daughter, Countess Vera, the attentions a young man pays when he intends to propose.
And I love her, because her character is sensible and very good.
Berg smiled meekly, kissed the count on the shoulder, and said that he was very grateful, but that it was impossible for him to arrange his new life without receiving thirty thousand in ready money.
Natasha was sixteen and it was the year 1809, the very year to which she had counted on her fingers with Boris after they had kissed four years ago.
He had a brilliant position in society thanks to his intimacy with Countess Bezukhova, a brilliant position in the service thanks to the patronage of an important personage whose complete confidence he enjoyed, and he was beginning to make plans for marrying one of the richest heiresses in Petersburg, plans which might very easily be realized.
He is very nice, and I love him like a son.
But, Mamma, is he very much in love?
And he's very nice, very, very nice.
"What a beauty--a very queen!" said the nurse as she came to the door.
And this was the very attitude that became her best.
She pointed to a lady who was crossing the room followed by a very plain daughter.
But your cousin, Drubetskoy, is also very attentive to her.
But before he reached them Pierre stopped beside a very handsome, dark man of middle height, and in a white uniform, who stood by a window talking to a tall man wearing stars and a ribbon.
"Yes, I am very glad," he said.
Yes, that little Rostova is very charming.
The visitor was Bitski, who served on various committees, frequented all the societies in Petersburg, and a passionate devotee of the new ideas and of Speranski, and a diligent Petersburg newsmonger--one of those men who choose their opinions like their clothes according to the fashion, but who for that very reason appear to be the warmest partisans.
A very simple thought occurred to him: What does it matter to me or to Bitski what the Emperor was pleased to say at the Council?
"Very pleased to see you, Prince," he said.
They all seemed very gay.
And for the first time for a very long while he began making happy plans for the future.
He is very good to me.
And it must be confessed that Natalie is very susceptible.
Now you know, Count," she said to Pierre, "even our dear cousin Boris, who, between ourselves, was very far gone in the land of tenderness..."
"Oh, undoubtedly!" said Prince Andrew, and with sudden and unnatural liveliness he began chaffing Pierre about the need to be very careful with his fifty-year-old Moscow cousins, and in the midst of these jesting remarks he rose, taking Pierre by the arm, and drew him aside.
The party was very successful and quite like other parties he had seen.
It was as if she feared this strange, unexpected happiness of meeting again the very man she had then chosen (she was firmly convinced she had done so) and of finding him, as it seemed, not indifferent to her.
At that very time Prince Andrew was sitting with Pierre and telling him of his love for Natasha and his firm resolve to make her his wife.
And I am very happy!
Well, and very nice too!
I had to talk over a very important matter with him.
Yes, at once, that very instant, her fate would be decided.
I have loved you from the very first moment I saw you.
"You know that from the very day you first came to Otradnoe I have loved you," she cried, quite convinced that she spoke the truth.
When Prince Andrew spoke (he could tell a story very well), Natasha listened to him with pride; when she spoke she noticed with fear and joy that he gazed attentively and scrutinizingly at her.
Yes, he's a dear, but very absurd.
Then, at the moment of our loss, these thoughts could not occur to me; I should then have dismissed them with horror, but now they are very clear and certain.
In any case it will be decided very shortly.
He, as I wrote you before, has changed very much of late.
"Very glad," answered Nicholas.
And are you very much in love?
His health is very delicate.
The old count had always kept up an enormous hunting establishment.
They'll take the cubs from under your very nose.
Though she's a lady, she's very fond of hunting.
The count and Simon galloped out of the wood and saw on their left a wolf which, softly swaying from side to side, was coming at a quiet lope farther to the left to the very place where they were standing.
At the same instant, with a cry like a wail, first one hound, then another, and then another, sprang helter-skelter from the wood opposite and the whole pack rushed across the field toward the very spot where the wolf had disappeared.
The old count went home, and Natasha and Petya promised to return very soon, but as it was still early the hunt went farther.
He took a dozen bounds, not very quickly, letting the borzois gain on him, and, finally having chosen his direction and realized his danger, laid back his ears and rushed off headlong.
At the very moment when she would have seized her prey, the hare moved and darted along the balk between the winter rye and the stubble.
Their faces glowed, they were hungry and very cheerful.
And Natasha felt that this costume, the very one she had regarded with surprise and amusement at Otradnoe, was just the right thing and not at all worse than a swallow-tail or frock coat.
"Uncle's" face was very significant and even handsome as he said this.
Really very good! said Nicholas with some unintentional superciliousness, as if ashamed to confess that the sounds pleased him very much.
He took the guitar a little above the fingerboard, arching his left elbow with a somewhat theatrical gesture, and, with a wink at Anisya Fedorovna, struck a single chord, pure and sonorous, and then quietly, smoothly, and confidently began playing in very slow time, not My Lady, but the well-known song: Came a maiden down the street.
The count and countess did not know where they were and were very anxious, said one of the men.
But she was very happy.
Everyone told her she looked very handsome, and she was in a spirited and energetic mood unusual with her.
Heaven only knows where we are going, and heaven knows what is happening to us--but it is very strange and pleasant whatever it is.
Nicholas replied that he could not go back on his word, and his father, sighing and evidently disconcerted, very soon became silent and went in to the countess.
Only the skeleton of life remained: his house, a brilliant wife who now enjoyed the favors of a very important personage, acquaintance with all Petersburg, and his court service with its dull formalities.
The prince had aged very much that year.
Latterly that private life had become very trying for Princess Mary.
The prince is not very well: bile and rush of blood to the head.
Though these reasons were very insufficient and obscure, no one made any rejoinder.
He is very attentive to her.
He is very melancholy with Mademoiselle Karagina, said Pierre.
"I hear they are expected very soon," said Pierre.
After the death of her brothers she had become very wealthy.
She did not like Princess Mary, whom she thought very plain, affected, and dry.
In the front, in the very center, leaning back against the orchestra rail, stood Dolokhov in a Persian dress, his curly hair brushed up into a huge shock.
Then the violins played very shrilly and merrily and one of the women with thick bare legs and thin arms, separating from the others, went behind the wings, adjusted her bodice, returned to the middle of the stage, and began jumping and striking one foot rapidly against the other.
The cymbals and horns in the orchestra struck up more loudly, and this man with bare legs jumped very high and waved his feet about very rapidly.
But now I like it very much indeed, he said, looking at her significantly.
Anatole had very soon abandoned his wife and, for a payment which he agreed to send to his father-in-law, had arranged to be free to pass himself off as a bachelor.
Apart from the advantage he derived from Anatole, the very process of dominating another's will was in itself a pleasure, a habit, and a necessity to Dolokhov.
After she had gone, a dressmaker from Madame Suppert-Roguet waited on the Rostovs, and Natasha, very glad of this diversion, having shut herself into a room adjoining the drawing room, occupied herself trying on the new dresses.
It's the very devil!
Anatole went out of the room and returned a few minutes later wearing a fur coat girt with a silver belt, and a sable cap jauntily set on one side and very becoming to his handsome face.
Very nice! said Marya Dmitrievna.
He was in very good spirits; the affair with the purchaser was going on satisfactorily, and there was nothing to keep him any longer in Moscow, away from the countess whom he missed.
He did it all silently and very quickly.
"She is very ill," said Pierre.
"We won't speak of it any more, my dear," said Pierre, and his gentle, cordial tone suddenly seemed very strange to Natasha.
The very day that Napoleon issued the order to cross the Niemen, and his vanguard, driving off the Cossacks, crossed the Russian frontier, Alexander spent the evening at the entertainment given by his aides-de- camp at Bennigsen's country house.
He was meeting Helene in Vilna after not having seen her for a long time and did not recall the past, but as Helene was enjoying the favors of a very important personage and Boris had only recently married, they met as good friends of long standing.
Balashev rode on, supposing from Murat's words that he would very soon be brought before Napoleon himself.
Napoleon received Balashev in the very house in Vilna from which Alexander had dispatched him on his mission.
Balashev went into a small reception room, one door of which led into a study, the very one from which the Russian Emperor had dispatched him on his mission.
I have received the letter you brought from the Emperor Alexander and am very glad to see you.
The Emperor was in very good spirits after his ride through Vilna, where crowds of people had rapturously greeted and followed him.
"The Russians are very devout," replied Balashev.
Kutuzov, who was already weary of Bolkonski's activity which seemed to reproach his own idleness, very readily let him go and gave him a mission to Barclay de Tolly.
The old prince knew very well that he tormented his daughter and that her life was very hard, but he also knew that he could not help tormenting her and that she deserved it.
I am very sorry you can't.
This view was very general in the upper army circles and found support also in Petersburg and from the chancellor, Rumyantsev, who, for other reasons of state, was in favor of peace.
Another who wished to gain some advantage would attract the Emperor's attention by loudly advocating the very thing the Emperor had hinted at the day before, and would dispute and shout at the council, beating his breast and challenging those who did not agree with him to duels, thereby proving that he was prepared to sacrifice himself for the common good.
That arousing of the people by their sovereign and his call to them to defend their country--the very incitement which was the chief cause of Russia's triumph in so far as it was produced by the Tsar's personal presence in Moscow--was suggested to the Emperor, and accepted by him, as a pretext for quitting the army.
Pfuel was short and very thin but broad-boned, of coarse, robust build, broad in the hips, and with prominent shoulder blades.
I am very glad to see you!
General Armfeldt has proposed a splendid position with an exposed rear, or why not this Italian gentleman's attack--very fine, or a retreat, also good!
For the Pavlograd hussars, however, the whole of this retreat during the finest period of summer and with sufficient supplies was a very simple and agreeable business.
"But you take it without sugar?" she said, smiling all the time, as if everything she said and everything the others said was very amusing and had a double meaning.
Higher up the hill, on the very horizon, our guns were visible through the wonderfully clear air, brightly illuminated by slanting morning sunbeams.
He felt instinctively that if the hussars struck at the French dragoons now, the latter could not withstand them, but if a charge was to be made it must be done now, at that very moment, or it would be too late.
The last medicine has done her a very great deal of good.
She has freshened up very much.
She says it's very fine.
I don't know, I am very far from having military tastes, but in these times no one can answer for himself.
At this moment, Petya, to whom nobody was paying any attention, came up to his father with a very flushed face and said in his breaking voice that was now deep and now shrill:
"Anybody can shove," said the footman, and also began working his elbows to such effect that he pushed Petya into a very filthy corner of the gateway.
The retired naval man was speaking very boldly, as was evident from the expression on the faces of the listeners and from the fact that some people Pierre knew as the meekest and quietest of men walked away disapprovingly or expressed disagreement with him.
In historical works on the year 1812 French writers are very fond of saying that Napoleon felt the danger of extending his line, that he sought a battle and that his marshals advised him to stop at Smolensk, and of making similar statements to show that the danger of the campaign was even then understood.
And not only was Napoleon not afraid to extend his line, but he welcomed every step forward as a triumph and did not seek battle as eagerly as in former campaigns, but very lazily.
At the very beginning of the war our armies were divided, and our sole aim was to unite them, though uniting the armies was no advantage if we meant to retire and lure the enemy into the depths of the country.
Napoleon advanced farther and we retired, thus arriving at the very result which caused his destruction.
The only thing that made Princess Mary anxious about him was that he slept very little and, instead of sleeping in his study as usual, changed his sleeping place every day.
"Oh, very interesting!" said Mademoiselle Bourienne.
Very possibly the theater of war will move so near to us that...
He's worrying very much about the new building.
Ah yes, there was something else important, very important, that I was keeping till I should be in bed.
The same evening that the prince gave his instructions to Alpatych, Dessalles, having asked to see Princess Mary, told her that, as the prince was not very well and was taking no steps to secure his safety, though from Prince Andrew's letter it was evident that to remain at Bald Hills might be dangerous, he respectfully advised her to send a letter by Alpatych to the Provincial Governor at Smolensk, asking him to let her know the state of affairs and the extent of the danger to which Bald Hills was exposed.
It's all very well if you're single.
The artillery and baggage wagons moved noiselessly through the deep dust that rose to the very hubs of the wheels, and the infantry sank ankle-deep in that soft, choking, hot dust that never cooled even at night.
It's very nice, your excellency!
In Helene's circle the war in general was regarded as a series of formal demonstrations which would very soon end in peace, and the view prevailed expressed by Bilibin--who now in Petersburg was quite at home in Helene's house, which every clever man was obliged to visit--that not by gunpowder but by those who invented it would matters be settled.
How could they make a man commander-in-chief who cannot mount a horse, who drops asleep at a council, and has the very worst morals!
The latter was very attentive to Anna Pavlovna because he wanted to be appointed director of one of the educational establishments for young ladies.
Oh, a very wise man is Prince Kutuzov!
He is a very shrewd and garrulous fellow.
He was lifted up, carried to his study, and laid on the very couch he had so feared of late.
"We are all very thankful for your bounty, but it won't do for us to take the landlord's grain," said a voice at the back of the crowd.
"Why don't you speak?" she inquired of a very old man who stood just in front of her leaning on his stick.
"Very large," answered Rostov.
The impression the princess made on Rostov was a very agreeable one.
Prince Andrew arrived at Tsarevo-Zaymishche on the very day and at the very hour that Kutuzov was reviewing the troops for the first time.
Of late he had received so many new and very serious impressions--such as the retreat from Smolensk, his visit to Bald Hills, and the recent news of his father's death--and had experienced so many emotions, that for a long time past those memories had not entered his mind, and now that they did, they did not act on him with nearly their former strength.
She's very pretty, added the adjutant with a smile.
After the Emperor had left Moscow, life flowed on there in its usual course, and its course was so very usual that it was difficult to remember the recent days of patriotic elation and ardor, hard to believe that Russia was really in danger and that the members of the English Club were also sons of the Fatherland ready to sacrifice everything for it.
"I hear that their affairs are in a very bad way," said Julie.
I should like very much to see her, said Pierre.
Please impress upon Leppich to be very careful where he descends for the first time, that he may not make a mistake and fall into the enemy's hands.
"I must get away this very day," he murmured to himself.
The Russians, they say, fortified this position in advance on the left of the highroad (from Moscow to Smolensk) and almost at a right angle to it, from Borodino to Utitsa, at the very place where the battle was fought.
Our right flank is over there"--he pointed sharply to the right, far away in the broken ground--"That's where the Moskva River is, and we have thrown up three redoubts there, very strong ones.
Someone, a very important personage judging by the haste with which way was made for him, was approaching the icon.
They say it's very strong, said Pierre.
"Yes, very much," replied Pierre.
"On the contrary it's very interesting!" replied Pierre not quite truthfully.
It was all very simple and horrible.
"I was very glad of his appointment, that's all I know," replied Prince Andrew.
It is very sound: one can't permit the land to be pillaged and accustom the troops to marauding.
He is unsuitable now, just because he plans out everything very thoroughly and accurately as every German has to.
He is an honest and very punctilious German.
The French losses were almost equal to ours, but very early we said to ourselves that we were losing the battle, and we did lose it.
"I not only understood her, but it was just that inner, spiritual force, that sincerity, that frankness of soul-- that very soul of hers which seemed to be fettered by her body--it was that soul I loved in her... loved so strongly and happily..." and suddenly he remembered how his love had ended.
I am very glad.
"I am very sorry to have made you travel so far," said he.
A very pretty curly-headed boy with a look of the Christ in the Sistine Madonna was depicted playing at stick and ball.
Though it was not clear what the artist meant to express by depicting the so-called King of Rome spiking the earth with a stick, the allegory apparently seemed to Napoleon, as it had done to all who had seen it in Paris, quite clear and very pleasing.
The dispositions drawn up by Weyrother for the battle of Austerlitz were a model of perfection for that kind of composition, but still they were criticized--criticized for their very perfection, for their excessive minuteness.
On that very meadow he had ridden over the day before, a soldier was lying athwart the rows of scented hay, with his head thrown awkwardly back and his shako off.
A cannon ball struck the very end of the earth work by which he was standing, crumbling down the earth; a black ball flashed before his eyes and at the same instant plumped into something.
"You are very fiery, Belliard," said Napoleon, when he again came up to the general.
Kutuzov, without looking at Wolzogen, gave directions for the order to be written out which the former commander-in-chief, to avoid personal responsibility, very judiciously wished to receive.
There followed a momentary pause, which seemed very long to them all.
Some of the generals, in low tones and in a strain very different from the way they had spoken during the council, communicated something to their commander-in-chief.
At that very time, in circumstances even more important than retreating without a battle, namely the evacuation and burning of Moscow, Rostopchin, who is usually represented as being the instigator of that event, acted in an altogether different manner from Kutuzov.
What would have seemed difficult or even impossible to another woman did not cause the least embarrassment to Countess Bezukhova, who evidently deserved her reputation of being a very clever woman.
Prince Vasili, who of late very often forgot what he had said and repeated one and the same thing a hundred times, remarked to his daughter whenever he chanced to see her:
He asks you to come to him at once on a very important matter.
"The count had a sty," replied the adjutant smiling, "and was very much upset when I told him people had come to ask what was the matter with him.
It was very bitter for her.
With a woman's involuntary loving cunning she, who till then had not shown any alarm, said that she would die of fright if they did not leave that very night.
Mavra Kuzminichna concluded that he was a very important man.
"Is he very ill?" she asked.
I shall be very pleased, very pleased.
Yes, these are very hard times! said Berg.
Is it something very bad for me?
His major-domo came in a second time to say that the Frenchman who had brought the letter from the countess was very anxious to see him if only for a minute, and that someone from Bazdeev's widow had called to ask Pierre to take charge of her husband's books, as she herself was leaving for the country.
At that very time, at ten in the morning of the second of September, Napoleon was standing among his troops on the Poklonny Hill looking at the panorama spread out before him.
"It's all very well for you, Ivan Sidorych, to talk," said the first tradesman angrily.
The cart was loaded high, and at the very top, beside a child's chair with its legs in the air, sat a peasant woman uttering piercing and desperate shrieks.
I know the law very well, mates!
Another still stronger wave flowed through the crowd and reaching the front ranks carried it swaying to the very steps of the porch.
Order after order was issued by the French commanders that day forbidding the men to disperse about the town, sternly forbidding any violence to the inhabitants or any looting, and announcing a roll call for that very evening.
If he were now to leave Moscow like everyone else, his flight from home, the peasant coat, the pistol, and his announcement to the Rostovs that he would remain in Moscow would all become not merely meaningless but contemptible and ridiculous, and to this Pierre was very sensitive.
He was so very polite, amiable, good-natured, and genuinely grateful to Pierre for saving his life that Pierre had not the heart to refuse, and sat down with him in the parlor--the first room they entered.
The captain, on the other hand, seemed very cheerful.
But now it seemed to him that that meeting had had in it something very important and poetic.
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 same time he felt that above his face, above the very middle of it, some strange airy structure was being erected out of slender needles or splinters, to the sound of this whispered music.
I experienced that feeling of love which is the very essence of the soul and does not require an object.
It is the very essence of the soul.
Pierre rose, rubbed his eyes, and seeing the pistol with an engraved stock which Gerasim had replaced on the writing table, he remembered where he was and what lay before him that very day.
Involuntarily he noticed a Georgian or Armenian family consisting of a very handsome old man of Oriental type, wearing a new, cloth- covered, sheepskin coat and new boots, an old woman of similar type, and a young woman.
That very young woman seemed to Pierre the perfection of Oriental beauty, with her sharply outlined, arched, black eyebrows and the extraordinarily soft, bright color of her long, beautiful, expressionless face.
His face probably looked very terrible, for the officer said something in a whisper and four more uhlans left the ranks and placed themselves on both sides of Pierre.
"Ah, he looks very much like an incendiary," remarked the officer.
Only in the very highest circles were attempts made to keep in mind the difficulties of the actual position.
At Anna Pavlovna's on the twenty-sixth of August, the very day of the battle of Borodino, there was a soiree, the chief feature of which was to be the reading of a letter from His Lordship the Bishop when sending the Emperor an icon of the Venerable Sergius.
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.
They say the poor countess is very ill.
She is very unfortunate! added Anna Pavlovna.
During his diplomatic career he had more than once noticed that such utterances were received as very witty, and at every opportunity he uttered in that way the first words that entered his head.
"It may turn out very well," he thought, "but if not, they'll know how to arrange matters."
It is very difficult for events to be reflected in their real strength and completeness amid the conditions of court life and far from the scene of action.
"Very sad, sire," replied Michaud, lowering his eyes with a sigh.
Most of the people at that time paid no attention to the general progress of events but were guided only by their private interests, and they were the very people whose activities at that period were most useful.
The governor was a brisk little man, very simple and affable.
In very few words Nicholas bought seventeen picked stallions for six thousand rubles--to serve, as he said, as samples of his remounts.
As soon as Nicholas entered in his hussar uniform, diffusing around him a fragrance of perfume and wine, and had uttered the words "better late than never" and heard them repeated several times by others, people clustered around him; all eyes turned on him, and he felt at once that he had entered into his proper position in the province--that of a universal favorite: a very pleasant position, and intoxicatingly so after his long privations.
"Anna Ignatyevna wants to see you, Nicholas," said she, pronouncing the name so that Nicholas at once understood that Anna Ignatyevna was a very important person.
The governor's wife led him up to a tall and very stout old lady with a blue headdress, who had just finished her game of cards with the most important personages of the town.
"Very pleased, mon cher," she then said, holding out her hand to Nicholas.
You see, Aunt, Mamma has long wanted me to marry an heiress, but the very idea of marrying for money is repugnant to me.
You know Sonya has nothing and you yourself say your Papa's affairs are in a very bad way.
Their conversation was very simple and unimportant.
But he also knew (or rather felt at the bottom of his heart) that by resigning himself now to the force of circumstances and to those who were guiding him, he was not only doing nothing wrong, but was doing something very important--more important than anything he had ever done in his life.
"And I have known so many cases of a splinter wound" (the Gazette said it was a shell) "either proving fatal at once or being very slight," continued Nicholas.
In men Rostov could not bear to see the expression of a higher spiritual life (that was why he did not like Prince Andrew) and he referred to it contemptuously as philosophy and dreaminess, but in Princess Mary that very sorrow which revealed the depth of a whole spiritual world foreign to him was an irresistible attraction.
In this letter the countess also mentioned that Prince Andrew was among the wounded traveling with them; his state was very critical, but the doctor said there was now more hope.
But now they wanted her to sacrifice the very thing that constituted the whole reward for her self-sacrifice and the whole meaning of her life.
In their attitude toward him could still be felt both uncertainty as to who he might be – perhaps a very important person – and hostility as a result of their recent personal conflict with him.
"Put that down, that's bad... very bad," sternly remarked the general with the white mustache and red flushed face.
Evidently for them "the marshal" represented a very high and rather mysterious power.
On the eighth of September an officer--a very important one judging by the respect the guards showed him--entered the coach house where the prisoners were.
The fourth was a peasant, a very handsome man with a broad, light-brown beard and black eyes.
He could do everything, not very well but not badly.
He did not sing like a trained singer who knows he is listened to, but like the birds, evidently giving vent to the sounds in the same way that one stretches oneself or walks about to get rid of stiffness, and the sounds were always high-pitched, mournful, delicate, and almost feminine, and his face at such times was very serious.
But the very difficulties and preoccupations of the journey, which she took so actively in hand, saved her for a while from her grief and gave her strength.
He had changed very much since Princess Mary had last seen him.
Natasha was gazing at her, but seemed afraid and in doubt whether to say all she knew or not; she seemed to feel that before those luminous eyes which penetrated into the very depths of her heart, it was impossible not to tell the whole truth which she saw.
Then fever set in, but the doctor had said the fever was not very serious.
Yes, I shall be very glad to see him.
But at the instant he died, Prince Andrew remembered that he was asleep, and at the very instant he died, having made an effort, he awoke.
At Tarutino Kutuzov received what was almost a reprimand from the Emperor for having moved his army along the Ryazan road, and the Emperor's letter indicated to him the very position he had already occupied near Kaluga.
The dispositions drawn up by Toll were very good.
But to say that he destroyed his army because he wished to, or because he was very stupid, would be as unjust as to say that he had brought his troops to Moscow because he wished to and because he was very clever and a genius.
"The Grand Marshal of the palace," wrote the governor, "complains bitterly that in spite of repeated orders, the soldiers continue to commit nuisances in all the courtyards and even under the very windows of the Emperor."
He gazed at the caleches and carriages in which soldiers were riding and remarked that it was a very good thing, as those vehicles could be used to carry provisions, the sick, and the wounded.
Very often a wounded animal, hearing a rustle, rushes straight at the hunter's gun, runs forward and back again, and hastens its own end.
Its furry tail stood up firm and round as a plume, its bandy legs served it so well that it would often gracefully lift a hind leg and run very easily and quickly on three legs, as if disdaining to use all four.
When that door was opened and the prisoners, crowding against one another like a flock of sheep, squeezed into the exit, Pierre pushed his way forward and approached that very captain who as the corporal had assured him was ready to do anything for him.
They marched very quickly, without resting, and halted only when the sun began to set.
It's very important! said he to someone who had risen and was sniffing in the dark passage.
"But this is very important, from General Dokhturov," said Bolkhovitinov, entering the open door which he had found by feeling in the dark.
He is very ill.
Like Dokhturov he had the reputation of being a man of very limited capacity and information, and like Dokhturov he never made plans of battle but was always found where the situation was most difficult.
Some Cossacks on the prowl for booty fell in with the Emperor and very nearly captured him.
If the Cossacks did not capture Napoleon then, what saved him was the very thing that was destroying the French army, the booty on which the Cossacks fell.
Their very numbers and their crowded and swift movement deprived them of that possibility and rendered it not only difficult but impossible for the Russians to stop this movement, to which the French were directing all their energies.
Kutuzov alone used all his power (and such power is very limited in the case of any commander-in-chief) to prevent an attack.
Through these forests Denisov and his party rode all day, sometimes keeping well back in them and sometimes coming to the very edge, but never losing sight of the moving French.
"It is a very suitable spot," said the esaul.
Only do let me into the very... into the chief...
And he's very honest, that's the chief thing.
I bought them very cheap.
Besides, I want to go very much and certainly will go, so don't hinder me, said he.
"Don't talk Russian," said Dolokhov in a hurried whisper, and at that very moment they heard through the darkness the challenge: "Qui vive?" * and the click of a musket.
The big dark blotch might really be the watchman's hut or it might be a cavern leading to the very depths of the earth.
Perhaps he was really sitting on a wagon, but it might very well be that he was not sitting on a wagon but on a terribly high tower from which, if he fell, he would have to fall for a whole day or a whole month, or go on falling and never reach the bottom.
The horses that had previously been invisible could now be seen to their very tails, and a watery light showed itself through the bare branches.
Denisov seemed to have forgotten Petya's very existence.
"Killed?" cried Denisov, recognizing from a distance the unmistakably lifeless attitude--very familiar to him--in which Petya's body was lying.
Now it happened that in the group was the very man who had killed the other merchant.
The only thing to be said in excuse of that gardener would be that he was very angry.
To them the words of Miloradovich seem very interesting, and so do their surmises and the rewards this or that general received; but the question of those fifty thousand men who were left in hospitals and in graves does not even interest them, for it does not come within the range of their investigation.
They spoke little even to one another, and when they did it was of very unimportant matters.
During the third night the countess kept very quiet for a few minutes, and Natasha rested her head on the arm of her chair and closed her eyes, but opened them again on hearing the bedstead creak.
But to the generals, especially the foreign ones in the Russian army, who wished to distinguish themselves, to astonish somebody, and for some reason to capture a king or a duke--it seemed that now--when any battle must be horrible and senseless--was the very time to fight and conquer somebody.
Obviously in spite of himself, in very diverse circumstances, he repeatedly expressed his real thoughts with the bitter conviction that he would not be understood.
It was no longer the commander-in-chief speaking but an ordinary old man who wanted to tell his comrades something very important.
Yes, it's all very well, but when a man's feet are frozen how can he walk?
The fifth company was bivouacking at the very edge of the forest.
The very question that had formerly tormented him, the thing he had continually sought to find--the aim of life--no longer existed for him now.
And this very absence of an aim gave him the complete, joyous sense of freedom which constituted his happiness at this time.
"Yes, he is a very, very kind man when he is not under the influence of bad people but of people such as myself," thought she.
Besides the plunderers, very various people, some drawn by curiosity, some by official duties, some by self-interest--house owners, clergy, officials of all kinds, tradesmen, artisans, and peasants--streamed into Moscow as blood flows to the heart.
A few minutes later the footman returned with Dessalles, who brought word from the princess that she would be very glad to see Pierre if he would excuse her want of ceremony and come upstairs to her apartment.
He spoke of you even at the very last, she went on, turning her eyes from Pierre to her companion with a shyness that surprised him for an instant.
You know it happened the very day we were rescued.
And he... he... he said he was wishing for it at the very moment I entered the room....
It was hard and painful, but good, very good! said Natasha.
It would be a very good thing for the Rostovs, they are said to be utterly ruined.
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.
Very well, I'll go.
"I shall look forward very much to your return," she added in a whisper.
'I shall look forward very much to your return....'
Yes, 'I shall look forward very much to your return.'
When Pierre and his wife had left, he grew very quiet and began to complain of depression.
"She is a very admirable and excellent young woman," said she, "and you must go and call on her.
She is a very admirable young woman and you always liked her, but now suddenly you have got some notion or other in your head.
With Mademoiselle Bourienne's help the princess had maintained the conversation very well, but at the very last moment, just when he rose, she was so tired of talking of what did not interest her, and her mind was so full of the question why she alone was granted so little happiness in life, that in a fit of absent-mindedness she sat still, her luminous eyes gazing fixedly before her, not noticing that he had risen.
For a few seconds they gazed silently into one another's eyes--and what had seemed impossible and remote suddenly became possible, inevitable, and very near.
And Nicholas' management produced very brilliant results.
He knew that his every decision would be approved by them all with very few exceptions.
But he did forget himself once or twice within a twelvemonth, and then he would go and confess to his wife, and would again promise that this should really be the very last time.
It had bare deal floors and was furnished with very simple hard sofas, armchairs, tables, and chairs made by their own serf carpenters out of their own birchwood.
Countess Mary looked round, saw little Andrew following her, felt that Sonya was right, and for that very reason flushed and with evident difficulty refrained from saying something harsh.
The old fire very rarely kindled in her face now.
From the very first days of their married life Natasha had announced her demands.
It very often happened that in a moment of irritation husband and wife would have a dispute, but long afterwards Pierre to his surprise and delight would find in his wife's ideas and actions the very thought against which she had argued, but divested of everything superfluous that in the excitement of the dispute he had added when expressing his opinion.
On reading that letter (she always read her husband's letters) Natasha herself suggested that he should go to Petersburg, though she would feel his absence very acutely.
Natasha declared of the very affairs in the immense importance of which she firmly believed.
Yes, it's all very well for you.
A peculiarity one sees in very young children and very old people was particularly evident in her.
To encourage culture and philanthropy is all very well of course.
Besides, I was very busy.
Louis XIV was a very proud and self-confident man; he had such and such mistresses and such and such ministers and he ruled France badly.
To this, modern history laboriously replies either that Napoleon was a great genius, or that Louis XIV was very proud, or that certain writers wrote certain books.
In the domain of jurisprudence, which consists of discussions of how a state and power might be arranged were it possible for all that to be arranged, it is all very clear; but when applied to history that definition of power needs explanation.
On the other hand, even if we admitted that words could be the cause of events, history shows that the expression of the will of historical personages does not in most cases produce any effect, that is to say, their commands are often not executed, and sometimes the very opposite of what they order occurs.
Restoring the essential condition of relation between those who command and those who execute, we find that by the very nature of the case those who command take the smallest part in the action itself and that their activity is exclusively directed to commanding.
But these justifications have a very necessary significance in their own day.
In actual life each historic event, each human action, is very clearly and definitely understood without any sense of contradiction, although each event presents itself as partly free and partly compulsory.
In history we find a very similar progress of conviction concerning the part played by free will in the general affairs of humanity.
If we examine a man little dependent on external conditions, whose action was performed very recently, and the causes of whose action are beyond our ken, we get the conception of a minimum of inevitability and a maximum of freedom.
But besides this, even if, admitting the remaining minimum of freedom to equal zero, we assumed in some given case--as for instance in that of a dying man, an unborn babe, or an idiot--complete absence of freedom, by so doing we should destroy the very conception of man in the case we are examining, for as soon as there is no freedom there is also no man.
She was an only child who had been very welcome.
In fact, maybe he didn't know her very well.
Oh yes, very much.
"Very nice," Alex agreed without looking up.
Carmen is a very good cook.
They have some very nice animals.
You've been a very good girl.
Very. I'm so glad we have you and Jonathan.
Everyone moved slowly and it was very dusty.
I remember you very well.
I thank you very much.
This was a very interesting experience to them.
"I was very hungry," replied the kitten.
He was a very old man, bent nearly double; but the queerest thing about him was his white hair and beard.
But I would like very much a blue hair-ribbon.
It isn't very nice down here.
"Very. Unless this passage also leads to the top of the earth," said Zeb.
But in the excitement of carrying me to church my father lost the name on the way, very naturally, since it was one in which he had declined to have a part.