I tried to call you on your cell phone, but I didn't get an answer.
Alex tried to pay, but she wouldn't let him.
He said you tried to call him.
You tried to dance and fell upon the floor.
I have tried many machines, and I find the Hammond is the best adapted to the peculiar needs of my work.
Early cars tried to be faster and faster, to break the 60 mph barrier.
She tried to work the muscles in her lower back with her fingertips, but the effort was worse than the benefit.
He even tried to get custody of Alex.
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.
She tried again with the same results.
She tried to sound convincing, but her voice faltered.
Adrienne shucked her coat and tried to act nonchalant in spite of the warmth in her cheeks.
She cradled her throbbing head on her arms and tried to relax.
Avoiding his eyes as she walked past him, she tried not to limp.
Adrienne tried to pull away from Brandon, but he hung on to her defiantly.
For the next week, she tried to stay too busy to think about him.
Then it tried the twenty-first time.
She could not understand them, but tried to guess what he was saying and inquiringly repeated the words he uttered.
Hadn't he tried to remain aloof?
She stretched and tried to relax, but her mind kept returning to Cade - thinking of his warm touch on the palm of her hand.
Then, with the Wizard's help, he tried to fasten some of the wings to the old cab-horse.
Carry this cat away to prison, and keep her in safe confinement until she is tried by law for the crime of murder.
At first his mother tried to answer all his questions.
It tried three times, four times, a dozen times, twenty times--but always with the same result.
All the things they tried and failed, or achieved, we have to redo.
I tried hard to teach her my sign language, but she was dull and inattentive.
Rook tried to rise on his forelegs but fell back, pinning his rider's leg.
She tried to smile cheerfully as she looked at him over one shoulder.
She pounded his chest with her fists and tried to scream.
A second time it tried to carry its load up the rough trunk of the tree, and a second time it failed.
But I tried very hard to be patient for teacher's sake.
I tried to imagine my gentle poet when he was a school-boy, and I wondered if it was in Andover he learned the songs of the birds and the secrets of the shy little woodland children.
He evidently tried to find something to say, but failed.
"Lift it two lines more and it will be just right," cried he in a feeble voice to which he tried to impart a dashing note, ill-suited to his weak figure.
The carpenters tried to keep the dust level down, but it was impossible to avoid all of it.
Partly because of the way he worded things, but mostly because he tried to mask his emotions - like Alex.
Yet, no matter how many times she tried to reassure herself of that, she remained concerned.
She tried to step around him, but he stopped her with an iron grip on her arm.
I tried to warn Yancey before they were married, but he wouldn't listen.
She tried to slip by quietly, but he glanced up as she passed.
Lisa tried to compose her thoughts and expression.
She tried to scream, but no sound came out.
She tried to swallow the lump that insisted on staying in her throat.
She tried to feign innocence but her eyes were probably full of mischief instead.
He helped her up and she tried to stand, but her legs felt like rubber.
Her gaze tried to outrun the headlights and then followed the broken line on the highway as it leaped from the dark and shot forward, disappearing under the truck.
Cynthia leaned over as they drew near one and tried to pet it, but the cow moved away a few steps and began grazing again.
She tried to calculate, and the blood pumped in her neck.
Once you have tried my goods I am sure you will never be without them.
Tears were in his eyes; but he tried to look brave.
He would not listen to anyone who tried to persuade him to stay at home.
He tried to brush it off, but it remained there.
When he hung this painting outside of his door, some birds flew down and tried to carry the cherries away.
I tried vainly to put them together.
Miss Sullivan tried to teach me to count by stringing beads in groups, and by arranging kintergarten straws I learned to add and subtract.
While my days at Radcliffe were still in the future, they were encircled with a halo of romance, which they have lost; but in the transition from romantic to actual I have learned many things I should never have known had I not tried the experiment.
I took the book in my hands and tried to feel the letters with an intensity of longing that I can never forget.
One cute little fellow stole her hair-ribbon, and another tried to snatch the flowers out of her hat.
The temperature of the Boiling Spring the same day was 45º, or the warmest of any water tried, though it is the coldest that I know of in summer, when, beside, shallow and stagnant surface water is not mingled with it.
We talked of rude and simple times, when men sat about large fires in cold, bracing weather, with clear heads; and when other dessert failed, we tried our teeth on many a nut which wise squirrels have long since abandoned, for those which have the thickest shells are commonly empty.
He tried to get away from them, but they would not for an instant let his shoulder move a hair's breadth.
Both these women quite sincerely tried to make her look pretty.
The more she tried to hide this feeling from others and even from herself, the stronger it grew.
What angered him was that the coming of these visitors revived in his mind an unsettled question he always tried to stifle, one about which he always deceived himself.
She drove them away and tried to conceal them.
He tried to say, "That's capital; of course she'll forget her childish promises and accept the offer," but before he had time to say it Natasha began again.
Often after collecting alms, and reckoning up twenty to thirty rubles received for the most part in promises from a dozen members, of whom half were as well able to pay as himself, Pierre remembered the masonic vow in which each Brother promised to devote all his belongings to his neighbor, and doubts on which he tried not to dwell arose in his soul.
Carmen tried to hide her surprise.
She had probably resurrected his memory of how Lori had tried to break them up.
No matter how sorry Alex was for what happened, or how many times he apologized or tried to make up for it, he couldn't remove the hurt.
He had tried his best to push them out of it.
Has Tessa tried to get custody of him?
She tried to make her tone casual.
She tried to stand and winced again.
At first she had thought he tried, but there was no missed call – no message.
I told him I didn't know anything and he tried to strangle me.
Strange he would want to defend Howard after he had tried to dig up information on him.
She tried to bring a knee into his groin, but he dodged in anticipation.
Wiping her hands on her pants, she gripped her rifle and tried to stay awake.
She avoided looking in the area where she had seen the color, and tried to look undisturbed.
She tried to turn it away, but it remained on course.
She tried not to think of Bordeaux, instead focusing her attention on the twins and what she was going to say to her father.
Carmen tried to shut them out by thinking about something else, but her mind kept going back to the same thing.
The Wizard tried to think.
Then he tried to tell what it was like, what it was good for, and what was done with it.
He tried first one plan and then another; but none of them proved anything at all.
He tried to make signals to them; he called as loudly as he could; but he was neither seen nor heard, and the ships came no nearer.
Smith says that if one man tried to make pins by himself, he might make one per day.
In 58 BC, Clodius Pulcher ran on a "free grain for the poor" platform as he tried to become tribune.
He worked to apply a means test, pared the rolls back, then died; the rolls swelled again, and his successor again tried to bring them in line, but it was hard.
Three frolicsome little streams ran through it from springs in the rocks above, leaping here and tumbling there in laughing cascades wherever the rocks tried to bar their way.
Friends tried to discourage this tendency, fearing lest it would lead to disappointment.
I even tried, without aid, to master the French pronunciation, as I found all the letters and sounds described in the book.
When they tried to teach her to string beads, her little hands fell to her side.
He had just constructed a boat that could be propelled by a kite with the wind in its favor, and one day he tried experiments to see if he could steer the kite against the wind.
A friend tried Miss Keller one day with several coins.
Philosophers have tried to find out what was her conception of abstract ideas before she learned language.
I tried with all my might to control the eagerness that made me tremble so that I could hardly walk.
She felt my face and dress and my bag, which she took out of my hand and tried to open.
Then I took the doll, meaning to give it back to her when she had made the letters; but she thought I meant to take it from her, and in an instant she was in a temper, and tried to seize the doll.
I shook my head and tried to form the letters with her fingers; but she got more and more angry.
Of course she wanted it and tried to take it; but I spelled the word again and patted her hand.
He hears others speak, and he tried to speak.
Helen resisted, and Viney tried to force it out of her hand, and I suspect that she slapped the child, or did something which caused this unusual outburst of temper.
She was very much excited when we went upstairs; so I tried to interest her in a curious insect called a stick-bug.
Afterward she tried to read it to Belle (the dog) and Mildred.
Next I tried to teach her the meaning of FAST and SLOW.
A slip on which was printed, in raised letters, the word BOX was placed on the object, and the same experiment was tried with a great many articles, but she did not immediately comprehend that the label-name represented the thing.
I HAVE TRIED FROM THE BEGINNING TO TALK NATURALLY TO HELEN AND TO TEACH HER TO TELL ME ONLY THINGS THAT INTEREST HER AND ASK QUESTIONS ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF FINDING OUT WHAT SHE WANTS TO KNOW.
I tried to hurry Helen out-of-doors, but she kept her arm extended, and every coat-tail she touched must needs turn round and give an account of the children he left at home, and receive kisses according to their number.
Several experiments were tried, to determine positively whether or not she had any perception of sound.
The aurists then tried their experiments with quite different results.
While not confining myself to any special system of instruction, I have tried to add to her general information and intelligence, to enlarge her acquaintance with things around her, and to bring her into easy and natural relations with people.
I tried to describe to her the appearance of a camel; but, as we were not allowed to touch the animal, I feared that she did not get a correct idea of its shape.
Not long ago I tried to show her how to build a tower with her blocks.
I always tried to find out what interested her most, and made that the starting-point for the new lesson, whether it had any bearing on the lesson I had planned to teach or not.
When she was at the Wright-Humason School in New York, Dr. Humason tried to improve her voice, not only her word pronunciation, but the voice itself, and gave her lessons in tone and vocal exercises.
Any one who has tried to write knows what Miss Keller owes to the endless practice which Miss Sullivan demanded of her.
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.
I first tried to ascertain what had suggested to Helen's mind the particular fancies which made her story seem like a reproduction of one written by Miss Margaret Canby.
My mother sat beside my little bed and tried to soothe my feverish moans while in her troubled heart she prayed, "Father in Heaven, spare my baby's life!"
I have tried trade but I found that it would take ten years to get under way in that, and that then I should probably be on my way to the devil.
In those driving northeast rains which tried the village houses so, when the maids stood ready with mop and pail in front entries to keep the deluge out, I sat behind my door in my little house, which was all entry, and thoroughly enjoyed its protection.
I have tried it again and again.
The countess tried to frown, but could not.
Sonya tried to lift her head to answer but could not, and hid her face still deeper in the bed.
She tried to pass Anna Mikhaylovna, but the latter sprang so as to bar her path.
She tried to say something but could not.
Have the officer tried and disgrace the whole regiment?
Each time Prince Nesvitski tried to move on, soldiers and carts pushed him back again and pressed him against the railings, and all he could do was to smile.
Prince Andrew listened attentively to Bagration's colloquies with the commanding officers and the orders he gave them and, to his surprise, found that no orders were really given, but that Prince Bagration tried to make it appear that everything done by necessity, by accident, or by the will of subordinate commanders was done, if not by his direct command, at least in accord with his intentions.
Rostov also tried to rise but fell back, his sabretache having become entangled in the saddle.
Bagration stopped and, before replying, tried to see Rostov's face in the mist.
Bolkonski only tried not to lose touch with it, and looked around bewildered and unable to grasp what was happening in front of him.
He tried to right himself but fell in up to his waist.
He tried not to change his former way of life, but his strength failed him.
Princess Mary shuddered; her nurse, putting down the stocking she was knitting, went to the window and leaning out tried to catch the open casement.
Prince Andrew got up, went to the door, and tried to open it.
He tried, but failed, to find some joke with which to reply to Dolokhov's words.
Nicholas tried to say "Yes," but could not: and he nearly burst into sobs.
He tried to say more, but faltered.
Pierre tried several times to speak, but, on one hand, Prince Vasili did not let him and, on the other, Pierre himself feared to begin to speak in the tone of decided refusal and disagreement in which he had firmly resolved to answer his father-in-law.
He bent over him and, as his sister had taught him, tried with his lips whether the child was still feverish.
His eyes glittered feverishly while he tried to prove to Pierre that in his actions there was no desire to do good to his neighbor.
The seniors tried to collect straw and potatoes and, in general, food for the men.
Denisov evidently tried to expose Rostov to danger as seldom as possible, and after an action greeted his safe return with evident joy.
"Me petition the Empewo'!" exclaimed Denisov, in a voice to which he tried hard to give the old energy and fire, but which sounded like an expression of irritable impotence.
Amid the turmoil of his activities and distractions, however, Pierre at the end of a year began to feel that the more firmly he tried to rest upon it, the more masonic ground on which he stood gave way under him.
The Petersburg Freemasons all came to see him, tried to ingratiate themselves with him, and it seemed to them all that he was preparing something for them and concealing it.
I caught myself harboring a feeling of hatred toward him which I vainly tried to overcome.
Only then did she remember how she must behave at a ball, and tried to assume the majestic air she considered indispensable for a girl on such an occasion.
He tried several times to join in the conversation, but his remarks were tossed aside each time like a cork thrown out of the water, and he could not jest with them.
Everyone in the house realized for whose sake Prince Andrew came, and without concealing it he tried to be with Natasha all day.
He tried equally to avoid thinking about his wife, and about Natasha and Prince Andrew; and again everything seemed to him insignificant in comparison with eternity; again the question: for what? presented itself; and he forced himself to work day and night at masonic labors, hoping to drive away the evil spirit that threatened him.
Once she came to her mother, tried to say something, and suddenly began to cry.
The terrified wolf pressed back her ears and tried to rise, but the borzois stuck to her.
While still at a distance he took off his cap and tried to speak respectfully, but he was pale and breathless and his face was angry.
Then she told him that she knew of a splendid girl and tried to discover what he thought about marriage.
She simply enjoyed their pleasure and tried to fit in with it.
Coldly, without looking at her son, she sent for her husband and, when he came, tried briefly and coldly to inform him of the facts, in her son's presence, but unable to restrain herself she burst into tears of vexation and left the room.
I have tried, and have always found that they too in the depths of their souls understand it as I do, and only try not to see it.
Whatever he tried to be, whatever he engaged in, the evil and falsehood of it repulsed him and blocked every path of activity.
Shinshin, lowering his voice, began to tell the count of some intrigue of Kuragin's in Moscow, and Natasha tried to overhear it just because he had said she was "charmante."
So Natasha tried to solve what was torturing her by herself.
Natasha kept looking uneasily at everybody with wide-open eyes, as if wishing to intercept every glance directed toward her, and tried to appear the same as usual.
From the pretense of illness, from his daughter's distress, and by the embarrassed faces of Sonya and Marya Dmitrievna, the count saw clearly that something had gone wrong during his absence, but it was so terrible for him to think that anything disgraceful had happened to his beloved daughter, and he so prized his own cheerful tranquillity, that he avoided inquiries and tried to assure himself that nothing particularly had happened; and he was only dissatisfied that her indisposition delayed their return to the country.
Pierre saw that the count was much upset and tried to change the subject, but the count returned to his troubles.
Till then he had reproached her in his heart and tried to despise her, but he now felt so sorry for her that there was no room in his soul for reproach.
Some of the horses were drowned and some of the men; the others tried to swim on, some in the saddle and some clinging to their horses' manes.
They tried to make their way forward to the opposite bank and, though there was a ford one third of a mile away, were proud that they were swimming and drowning in this river under the eyes of the man who sat on the log and was not even looking at what they were doing.
He looked compassionately at Balashev, and as soon as the latter tried to make some rejoinder hastily interrupted him.
He not only showed no sign of constraint or self-reproach on account of his outburst that morning, but, on the contrary, tried to reassure Balashev.
To clear up this last point for himself, Prince Andrew, utilizing his position and acquaintances, tried to fathom the character of the control of the army and of the men and parties engaged in it, and he deduced for himself the following of the state of affairs.
To the third party--in which the Emperor had most confidence--belonged the courtiers who tried to arrange compromises between the other two.
If the thought that things looked bad chanced to enter anyone's head, he tried to be as cheerful as befits a good soldier and not to think of the general trend of affairs, but only of the task nearest to hand.
Ilyin tried to imitate Rostov in everything and adored him as a girl might have done.
He hurriedly but vainly tried to get his foot out of the stirrup and did not remove his frightened blue eyes from Rostov's face.
He drank reluctantly, tried to remain alone, and kept turning something over in his mind.
When they prayed for those who hate us, she tried to think of her enemies and people who hated her, in order to pray for them.
Pierre felt her eyes on him and tried not to look round.
After standing some time in the gateway, Petya tried to move forward in front of the others without waiting for all the carriages to pass, and he began resolutely working his way with his elbows, but the woman just in front of him, who was the first against whom he directed his efforts, angrily shouted at him:
Barclay de Tolly tried to command the army in the best way, because he wished to fulfill his duty and earn fame as a great commander.
With lively curiosity everyone tried to get a glimpse of the projectiles as they flew over their heads.
She knew that the sole weapon against him was prayer, and she tried to pray.
Unconsciously imitating her father, she now tried to express herself as he did, as much as possible by signs, and her tongue too seemed to move with difficulty.
The silence began to oppress the princess and she tried to catch someone's eye.
Again Princess Mary tried to catch someone's eye, but not a single eye in the crowd was turned to her; evidently they were all trying to avoid her look.
She tried to think of something else and to pray, but could do neither.
But at that moment Denisov, no more intimidated by his superiors than by the enemy, came with jingling spurs up the steps of the porch, despite the angry whispers of the adjutants who tried to stop him.
When the service was over, Kutuzov stepped up to the icon, sank heavily to his knees, bowed to the ground, and for a long time tried vainly to rise, but could not do so on account of his weakness and weight.
He had no thought of betraying us, he tried to do the best he could, he thought out everything, and that is why he is unsuitable.
He tried to pass either in front of them or to the right or left, but there were soldiers everywhere, all with the same preoccupied expression and busy with some unseen but evidently important task.
And all these groups, while talking among themselves, tried to keep near the commander-in-chief (whose bench formed the center of the gathering) and to speak so that he might overhear them.
Had she attempted concealment, or tried to extricate herself from her awkward position by cunning, she would have spoiled her case by acknowledging herself guilty.
'No,' said he, 'I have not read any papers, I made it up myself.' 'If that's so, you're a traitor and I'll have you tried, and you'll be hanged!
She tried to get Nicholas back and wished to go herself to join Petya, or to get him an appointment somewhere in Petersburg, but neither of these proved possible.
For a while she had stood beside Sonya while the china was being packed and tried to help, but soon gave it up and went to her room to pack her own things.
She and Mavra Kuzminichna tried to get as many of the wounded as possible into their yard.
"You can't, Miss, we have tried to," said the butler's assistant.
She was putting away the things that had to be left behind and making a list of them as the countess wished, and she tried to get as much taken away with them as possible.
Someone stopped at the gate, and the latch rattled as someone tried to open it.
Another smith tried to enter the doorway, pressing against the publican with his chest.
And the screams of those that were being trampled on and of those who tried to rescue the tall lad only increased the fury of the crowd.
"Vereshchagin was tried and condemned to death," thought Rostopchin (though the Senate had only condemned Vereshchagin to hard labor), "he was a traitor and a spy.
Then during the first day spent in inaction and solitude (he tried several times to fix his attention on the masonic manuscripts, but was unable to do so) the idea that had previously occurred to him of the cabalistic significance of his name in connection with Bonaparte's more than once vaguely presented itself.
Gerasim and the porter, who had followed Makar Alexeevich, stopped him in the vestibule and tried to take the pistol from him.
She screamed desperately and angrily and tried with her little hands to pull Pierre's hands away and to bite them with her slobbering mouth.
Those who tried to understand the general course of events and to take part in it by self-sacrifice and heroism were the most useless members of society, they saw everything upside down, and all they did for the common good turned out to be useless and foolish--like Pierre's and Mamonov's regiments which looted Russian villages, and the lint the young ladies prepared and that never reached the wounded, and so on.
The husband, however, did not seem to share that conviction and tried to behave morosely with Rostov.
If he tried, his pictures seemed incongruous and false.
He tried to picture what would happen were he free.
That evening he learned that all these prisoners (he, probably, among them) were to be tried for incendiarism.
But there seemed to be no one to celebrate this holiday: everywhere were blackened ruins, and the few Russians to be seen were tattered and frightened people who tried to hide when they saw the French.
And there was so much kindliness and simplicity in his singsong voice that Pierre tried to reply, but his jaw trembled and he felt tears rising to his eyes.
No, I went to look at the fire, and they arrested me there, and tried me as an incendiary.
Hard as she had tried to prepare herself, and now tried to remain tranquil, she knew that she would be unable to look at him without tears.
With a great effort he tried to return to life and to see things from their point of view.
He went, and tried to hurry, but his legs refused to move and he knew he would not be in time to lock the door though he painfully strained all his powers.
The men were forbidden to talk out loud, to smoke their pipes, or to strike a light, and they tried to prevent their horses neighing.
He tried to say something, but his face suddenly puckered and wrinkled; he waved his arm at Toll and turned to the opposite side of the room, to the corner darkened by the icons that hung there.
He tried to remember whether he had not done anything else that was foolish.
Each drop tried to spread out and occupy as much space as possible, but others striving to do the same compressed it, sometimes destroyed it, and sometimes merged with it.
And why if they were guilty of not carrying out a prearranged plan were they not tried and punished?
Sonya and the count tried to replace Natasha but could not.
He wrote letters to his daughters and to Madame de Stael, read novels, liked the society of pretty women, jested with generals, officers, and soldiers, and never contradicted those who tried to prove anything to him.
Morel, pointing to his shoulders, tried to impress on the soldiers the fact that Ramballe was an officer and ought to be warmed.
He rose and tried to walk, but staggered and would have fallen had not a soldier standing by held him up.
He tried to prove to the Emperor the impossibility of levying fresh troops, spoke of the hardships already endured by the people, of the possibility of failure and so forth.
He tried to hide his agitation.
But the more he tried to hide it the more clearly--clearer than any words could have done--did he betray to himself, to her, and to Princess Mary that he loved her.
But as soon as he tried to continue the conversation he had begun with Princess Mary he again glanced at Natasha, and a still-deeper flush suffused his face and a still-stronger agitation of mingled joy and fear seized his soul.
Pierre suddenly flushed crimson and for a long time tried not to look at Natasha.
Pierre in shamefaced and happy confusion glanced occasionally at her, and tried to think what to say next to introduce a fresh subject.
Sometimes it seemed to him that other people were all as pleased as he was himself and merely tried to hide that pleasure by pretending to be busy with other interests.
Not one of the plans Nicholas tried succeeded; the estate was sold by auction for half its value, and half the debts still remained unpaid.
Having borrowed money from his brother-in-law, Nicholas tried to hide his wretched condition from him.
He tried to avoid his old acquaintances with their commiseration and offensive offers of assistance; he avoided all distraction and recreation, and even at home did nothing but play cards with his mother, pace silently up and down the room, and smoke one pipe after another.
Nicholas did not reply and tried to avoid speaking of the princess any more.
He was hard alike on the lazy, the depraved, and the weak, and tried to get them expelled from the commune.
Countess Mary raised her head and tried to speak, but hastily looked down again and her lips puckered.
She could not find fault with Sonya in any way and tried to be fond of her, but often felt ill-will toward her which she could not overcome.
The entire household was governed according to Pierre's supposed orders, that is, by his wishes which Natasha tried to guess.
Natasha was sad and irritable all that time, especially when her mother, her brother, Sonya, or Countess Mary in their efforts to console her tried to excuse Pierre and suggested reasons for his delay in returning.
I tried threats, but he only grew angrier.
Why hadn't they tried it before?
She had shut Katie off many times when she had tried to tell her things.
Basically he tried to buy him from Mom and Dad.
Partly because of the way he worded things, but mostly because he tried to mask his emotions - like Alex.
She tried to speak, but nothing came out.
She tried to keep up with him, but her legs ached from the unfamiliar exercise.
She stared at his profile and tried to make her voice cool and commanding.
She tried to push away from him but his embrace was too strong.
She gingerly untangled herself from some thorny vines and tried to stand.
She tried her voice once before she managed to speak, and even then the voice didn't sound like her own.
She curled into a ball and tried to go back to sleep.
Then Psammeticus tried still another plan.
Most people haven't even tried because we cannot reasonably imagine a way by which we can be rid of them.
Inspired by the Chinese effort, he, too, tried to increase the agricultural production of his country by emptying the cities and sending everyone to work on the farms under brutal conditions.
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.
Mrs. Hutton is a true and tried friend.
I tried flour also; but have at last found a mixture of rye and Indian meal most convenient and agreeable.
He tried to smile but could not: his smile expressed suffering, and he silently kissed her hand and went out.
The doctor tried to stop her.
Carmen tried to focus on Felipa, but her mind was full of questions.
Exhaustion from the ordeal was taking its toll on Carmen as well, but she tried to stay awake.
Everyone had tried to tell her, but she wouldn't listen.
The "Iliad" tells of almost nothing but war, and one sometimes wearies of the clash of spears and the din of battle; but the "Odyssey" tells of nobler courage--the courage of a soul sore tried, but steadfast to the end.