And the whole thing has been unnatural because that cat and I are both able to talk your language, and to understand the words you say.
We all understand intuitively there is plenty of food in the world.
He must understand what Alex had been through.
Now I understand why you were crying.
To understand this problem, consider our relationship with knowledge over the centuries.
I can't even understand it.
"You don't understand," she said, her voice breaking with emotion.
I don't understand how we could have missed him.
We cannot understand it nor the reason of it.
If he lived to be a hundred he'd never understand women.
If they cannot understand that, they cannot understand much that I have to say.
But you don't need those numbers; I understand you've done your homework searching public records.
Oh, I can understand why you would want to deceive people, I just don't understand how you can involve your family in such a thing – especially Tammy!
That wasn't the point she was trying to make, but maybe a man would never understand what she was talking about.
My mother, moreover, succeeded in making me understand a good deal.
She did not understand who was to go or where to.
Alex was romantic enough to understand the sentimental significance of the home she had inherited.
Do you understand what I ask of you?
It's just that... well, she doesn't understand him, she stammered.
When new technology comes out, we generally understand it in terms of what it displaces.
My dog friends seem to understand my limitations, and always keep close beside me when I am alone.
I can't understand why he wants to go to the war, replied Pierre, addressing the princess with none of the embarrassment so commonly shown by young men in their intercourse with young women.
I can understand you not wanting to invest the money for a car, but what's wrong with accepting a ride now and then?
"There ought to be several animals on the jury," said Ozma, "because animals understand each other better than we people understand them.
As if that were important, and there were not enough to understand you without them.
Perhaps I don't understand things, but Austria never has wished, and does not wish, for war.
If it were a war for freedom I could understand it and should be the first to enter the army; but to help England and Austria against the greatest man in the world is not right.
I understand you have a big ranch west of here.
In the electrical building we examined the telephones, autophones, phonographs, and other inventions, and he made me understand how it is possible to send a message on wires that mock space and outrun time, and, like Prometheus, to draw fire from the sky.
I could understand why he would be chasing her, but if I'd have known she'd go for a guy older than me...
Her words puzzled me very much because I did not then understand anything unless I touched it.
I never did understand why Dad married her.
But if Quinn got drunk and slept with Betsy, like years ago, you'd understand and forgive her, wouldn't you?
No; just trying to understand a few things.
But you understand that medical treatment isn't free?
All this was so terrible and unreal that he could not understand it at all, and so had good reason to be afraid.
We have a natural desire to make beautiful things and a bone-deep need to understand the world we live in and our place in it.
When we were fortunate enough to find a nest I never allowed her to carry the eggs home, making her understand by emphatic signs that she might fall and break them.
I began to read the Bible long before I could understand it.
Then he again opened his eyes and said something none of them could understand for a long time, till at last Tikhon understood and repeated it.
Princess Mary did not understand what he wanted of her or why he was asking to be discharged.
They all didn't understand that she couldn't simply run out and get a job like she had in Tulsa.
I do not understand quite what that means.
But I cannot understand the cruelty...
I understand you have good people on your payroll.
I understand the owner is in California.
"I can understand him seeking revenge," she said.
Do you understand? he asked.
By doing this, we will come to understand those conditions better and perhaps prevent them.
Miss Fuller and Miss Sullivan could understand me, but most people would not have understood one word in a hundred.
Once, when a question puzzled her very much, I suggested that we take a walk and then perhaps she would understand it.
She could not understand them, but tried to guess what he was saying and inquiringly repeated the words he uttered.
She could understand nothing, think of nothing and feel nothing, except passionate love for her father, love such as she thought she had never felt till that moment.
This disposition on the left flank increased Pierre's doubt of his own capacity to understand military matters.
So you understand the whole position of our troops?
Not being a military man I can't say I have understood it fully, but I understand the general position.
He must understand what Alex had been through.
There is one thing I still don't understand – it's out of character.
He couldn't understand why she would say that when she'd been living in his house so long.
If only she could understand their words.
It's so pleasant when you understand your true talents and realize your superiority makes you capable of near impossible goals.
I understand but I want to do it, in spite of the nightmares and the risks.
I don't understand what all you do, but he takes it very seriously.
He may understand you need the specific time of the incident.
We do understand, or at least try to.
You never did understand, Ben.
She seemed to understand and was off to walk Bumpus while I filled in Betsy on my conversation.
As I understand it, the so-called visions were perpetrated with the assistance of a second person, now dead.
She couldn't quite understand what the poison was; it wasn't a normal infection, and yet it couldn't be anything else.
We've got patrols around-- " "Speck doesn't understand that if even a mosquito leaves the town, there's no way we can stop the spread!"
But you understand that medical treatment isn't free?
Do you understand? he asked.
Do you understand what I ask of you?
A future without disease as we understand the term's meaning today.
Then we will come to understand the outliers better.
First: It will help us understand why certain people get certain genetic diseases.
Once we have identified it, we can understand how it is going about doing its damage.
Fifth: We will understand correlations between lifestyle factors, quality of life, and genome.
As we understand our own genome better, we will know better how to eat in a way that is custom tailored for us.
Imagine if today everyone spoke one language and I said that in the future we will speak hundreds of different languages and not be able to understand each other.
In the future, we will need no translators, because we will understand each other.
Because young people generally understand and utilize technology better than older people, we will see a shift in power and influence toward the young.
This is a force for peace—to the extent that as we share the same set of cultural references, we understand each other better.
When you reach a step you do not understand, do you not start reading out loud really slowly?
"My little sister will understand me now," was a thought stronger than all obstacles.
It was difficult to make me understand this; but when I did understand I was astonished and grieved.
But I do not understand how he ever thought a blind and deaf child of eleven could have invented them.
Only those who knew and loved him best can understand what his friendship meant to me.
He explained each time what I did not understand in the previous lesson, assigned new work, and took home with him the Greek exercises which I had written during the week on my typewriter, corrected them fully, and returned them to me.
My tutor had plenty of time to explain what I did not understand, so I got on faster and did better work than I ever did in school.
The administrative board of Radcliffe did not realize how difficult they were making my examinations, nor did they understand the peculiar difficulties I had to surmount.
Before we began the story Miss Sullivan explained to me the things that she knew I should not understand, and as we read on she explained the unfamiliar words.
It is not necessary that one should be able to define every word and give it its principal parts and its grammatical position in the sentence in order to understand and appreciate a fine poem.
Although she did not think I should understand, she began to spell into my hand the story of Joseph and his brothers.
One does not need to read "A Boy I Knew" to understand him--the most generous, sweet-natured boy I ever knew, a good friend in all sorts of weather, who traces the footprints of love in the life of dogs as well as in that of his fellowmen.
Even when she did not fully understand words or ideas, she liked to set them down as though she did.
All this is what you are to think of and to understand more and more as you grow older.
He loves to climb the bed-posts and unscrew the steam valves much better than to spell, but that is because he does not understand that words would help him to make new and interesting discoveries.
Why, I find it hard to understand them sometimes when they spell on their fingers.
She reads the lips well, and if she cannot understand a phrase, her friends write it in her hand, and in this way she converses with strangers.
How could they--they can see and hear, and I suppose they could not understand matters from my point of view....
The Proctor also was a stranger, and did not attempt to communicate with me in any way; and, as they were both unfamiliar with my speech, they could not readily understand what I said to them.
She could only understand Miss Rhoades when she talked about the simplest things.
The names of Laura Bridgman and Helen Keller will always be linked together, and it is necessary to understand what Dr. Howe did for his pupil before one comes to an account of Miss Sullivan's work.
I made her understand, by pointing to a trunk in the hall and to myself and nodding my head, that I had a trunk, and then made the sign that she had used for eating, and nodded again.
The other day a friend brought her a new doll from Memphis, and I thought I would see if I could make Helen understand that she must not break it.
I said, "Mildred doesn't understand your fingers, and we must be very gentle with her."
Just then I had no sentences in raised letters which she could understand; but she would sit for hours feeling each word in her book.
It was not difficult, however, to make her understand that there was a present for each child, and to her great delight she was permitted to hand the gifts to the children.
Constant repetition makes it easier to learn how to spell a word.
I told her they were tulips; but of course she didn't understand the word-play.
Wouldn't the children understand if you talked to them about Helen?
These children were older in years, it is true, than the baby who lisps, "Papa kiss baby--pretty," and fills out her meaning by pointing to her new dress; but their ability to understand and use language was no greater.
This was true, although we were at a loss to understand how she guessed it.
I said: "No. You cannot understand it yet."
I have found it best not to tell her that she cannot understand, because she is almost certain to become excited.
Whenever any one asks me if she will understand this or that word I always reply: Never mind whether she understands each separate word of a sentence or not.
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.
Throughout Helen's education I have invariably assumed that she can understand whatever it is desirable for her to know.
"Oh, please read us the rest, even if we won't understand it," they pleaded, delighted with the rhythm, and the beauty which they felt, even though they could not have explained it.
It is not necessary that a child should understand every word in a book before he can read with pleasure and profit.
Miss Keller's later education is easy to understand and needs no further explanation than she has given.
Some understand her readily; others do not.
President Roosevelt had little difficulty last spring in making Miss Keller understand him, and especially requested Miss Sullivan not to spell into her hand.
If you knew all the joy I feel in being able to speak to you to-day, I think you would have some idea of the value of speech to the deaf, and you would understand why I want every little deaf child in all this great world to have an opportunity to learn to speak.
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.
Helen's mind is so gifted by nature that she seems able to understand with only the faintest touch of explanation every possible variety of external relations.
Now I understand that the darkness everywhere may hold possibilities better even than my hopes.
I can understand that.
As if Nature could support but one order of understandings, could not sustain birds as well as quadrupeds, flying as well as creeping things, and hush and whoa, which Bright can understand, were the best English.
But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it.
I don't understand it; I don't in the least understand why men can't live without wars.
I don't understand, said he.
"I still can't understand what you are afraid of," said Prince Andrew slowly, not taking his eyes off his wife.
"You don't understand why I say this," he continued, "but it is the whole story of life.
"I don't understand it," replied Prince Andrew.
And she added, turning to Vera, You'll never understand it, because you've never loved anyone.
I never could understand how Nataly made up her mind to marry that unlicked bear!
Olga, go and see whether Uncle's beef tea is ready--it is almost time, she added, giving Pierre to understand that they were busy, and busy making his father comfortable, while evidently he, Pierre, was only busy causing him annoyance.
For a long time Pierre could not understand, but when he did, he jumped up from the sofa, seized Boris under the elbow in his quick, clumsy way, and, blushing far more than Boris, began to speak with a feeling of mingled shame and vexation.
"I don't understand, Mamma--what is his attitude to Pierre?" asked the son.
"Nicholas is going away in a week's time, his... papers... have come... he told me himself... but still I should not cry," and she showed a paper she held in her hand--with the verses Nicholas had written, "still, I should not cry, but you can't... no one can understand... what a soul he has!"
Do you understand that in consideration of the count's services, his request would be granted?...
You understand that my sole desire is conscientiously to carry out his wishes; that is my only reason for being here.
Pierre did not understand a word, but the conviction that all this had to be grew stronger, and he meekly followed Anna Mikhaylovna who was already opening a door.
"If you do not understand these sentiments," he seemed to be saying, "so much the worse for you!"
But you will understand that I have no desire for the post.
I understand such feelings in others, and if never having felt them I cannot approve of them, neither do I condemn them.
I never could understand the fondness some people have for confusing their minds by dwelling on mystical books that merely awaken their doubts and excite their imagination, giving them a bent for exaggeration quite contrary to Christian simplicity.
My father talks of nothing but marches and countermarches, things of which I understand nothing; and the day before yesterday during my daily walk through the village I witnessed a heartrending scene....
She did not understand what he was laughing at.
Princess Mary could not understand the boldness of her brother's criticism and was about to reply, when the expected footsteps were heard coming from the study.
"You think I'm an old man and don't understand the present state of affairs?" concluded his father.
* To understand all is to forgive all.
I don't understand how a man of his immense intellect can fail to see what is as clear as day, and can go so far astray.
"I don't understand!" said Prince Andrew.
He spoke so rapidly that he did not finish half his words, but his son was accustomed to understand him.
Don't you understand that either we are officers serving our Tsar and our country, rejoicing in the successes and grieving at the misfortunes of our common cause, or we are merely lackeys who care nothing for their master's business.
"Do you understand what you're saying?" he said in a trembling voice.
I confess I do not understand: perhaps there are diplomatic subtleties here beyond my feeble intelligence, but I can't make it out.
"Really I don't care about that, I don't care at all," said Prince Andrew, beginning to understand that his news of the battle before Krems was really of small importance in view of such events as the fall of Austria's capital.
I will invite two or three people, and if he does not understand what he ought to do then it will be my affair--yes, my affair.
He did not see, hear, or understand anything clearly.
But Pierre was so absorbed that he did not understand what was said.
"His Excellency Prince Vasili Kuragin and his son, I understand?" she said inquiringly.
"How am I to understand you, mon pere?" said the princess, growing pale and then blushing.
"How understand me!" cried her father angrily.
"I quite understand," answered Princess Mary, with a sad smile.
You are all blubberers and understand nothing.
I quite understand, said Berg, getting up and speaking in a muffled and guttural voice.
Looking into Napoleon's eyes Prince Andrew thought of the insignificance of greatness, the unimportance of life which no one could understand, and the still greater unimportance of death, the meaning of which no one alive could understand or explain.
There is nothing certain, nothing at all except the unimportance of everything I understand, and the greatness of something incomprehensible but all-important.
She, if she loves anyone, does it for life, but I don't understand that, I forget quickly.
I know and understand what a spice that would add to the pleasure of deceiving me, if it really were true.
I then thought that I did not understand her.
Often seeing the success she had with young and old men and women Pierre could not understand why he did not love her.
Pierre wished to say something, looked at her with eyes whose strange expression she did not understand, and lay down again.
Unobservant as was the little princess, these tears, the cause of which she did not understand, agitated her.
I know you understand Fedya, my dear count; that, believe me, is why I am so fond of you.
Few people do understand him.
But you don't understand it.
"Oh, yes, I quite understand," answered Rostov, who was under his new friend's influence.
"There's nothing for me to understand," she cried out with resolute self-will, "he is wicked and heartless.
Without changing his careless attitude, Pierre looked at them over his spectacles unable to understand what they wanted or how they could go on living without having solved the problems that so absorbed him.
"He exists, but to understand Him is hard," the Mason began again, looking not at Pierre but straight before him, and turning the leaves of his book with his old hands which from excitement he could not keep still.
And thou art more foolish and unreasonable than a little child, who, playing with the parts of a skillfully made watch, dares to say that, as he does not understand its use, he does not believe in the master who made it.
"I do not understand," said Pierre, feeling with dismay doubts reawakening.
"I don't understand," he said, "how it is that the mind of man cannot attain the knowledge of which you speak."
They were very long, and Pierre, from joy, agitation, and embarrassment, was not in a state to understand what was being read.
I know all about it and understand it all, he said.
I don't understand how one can live with such ideas.
They could not understand that I have not the necessary qualifications for it--the kind of good-natured, fussy shallowness necessary for the position.
I understand them so well and have the greatest respect for them.
He would understand on whose side justice lies.
He could not now understand how he could ever even have doubted the necessity of taking an active share in life, just as a month before he had not understood how the idea of leaving the quiet country could ever enter his head.
"There's one thing I don't understand," he continued.
To this he replied that one should not deprive a wife of one's embraces and gave me to understand that that was my duty.
She kept thinking that no one could understand all that she understood and all there was in her.
You are so discerning, Prince, and understand people's characters so well at a glance.
"Darkness and gloom," reiterated Pierre: "yes, yes, I understand that."
He wrote that he had never loved as he did now and that only now did he understand and know what life was.
"You don't at all understand," she said.
"I knew," thought Nicholas, "that I should never understand anything in this crazy world."
I understand it all less than you do.
"I don't understand," continued Ilagin, "how some sportsmen can be so jealous about game and dogs.
Now do you understand 'Uncle'? her expression said to Rostov.
It is as if he thought my Bolkonski would not approve of or understand our gaiety.
But he would understand it all.
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.
"You don't understand?" shouted the prince, "but I do!
Understand that, understand it!
Understand that, understand it!
Natasha remained silent, from shyness Marya Dmitrievna supposed, but really because she disliked anyone interfering in what touched her love of Prince Andrew, which seemed to her so apart from all human affairs that no one could understand it.
Natasha did not understand what he was saying any more than he did himself, but she felt that his incomprehensible words had an improper intention.
To her impatience and pining for him were now added the unpleasant recollection of her interview with Princess Mary and the old prince, and a fear and anxiety of which she did not understand the cause.
Oh, you don't understand anything!
You can't understand it....
You don't understand that.
Don't you understand? she cried.
Natasha, I don't understand you.
I don't think anything, only I don't understand this...
Wait a bit, Sonya, you'll understand everything.
After all, you must understand that besides your pleasure there is such a thing as other people's happiness and peace, and that you are ruining a whole life for the sake of amusing yourself!
Don't you understand that it is as mean as beating an old man or a child?...
Pierre glanced at him with amazement, unable to understand what he wanted.
She did not understand how he could ask such a question.
We can understand that the matter seemed like that to contemporaries.
He doesn't understand, so I must explain it, and he must hear me out, thought the old prince.
"I understand you" (she looked down).
She feared for her brother who was in it, was horrified by and amazed at the strange cruelty that impels men to kill one another, but she did not understand the significance of this war, which seemed to her like all previous wars.
"Flesh, bodies, cannon fodder!" he thought, and he looked at his own naked body and shuddered, not from cold but from a sense of disgust and horror he did not himself understand, aroused by the sight of that immense number of bodies splashing about in the dirty pond.
It was quite impossible to understand these sounds.
Having wrung a submissive "I understand" from Dron, Alpatych contented himself with that, though he not only doubted but felt almost certain that without the help of troops the carts would not be forthcoming.
She felt that she could not understand them however much she might think about them.
"I don't understand what is meant by 'a skillful commander,'" replied Prince Andrew ironically.
War is not courtesy but the most horrible thing in life; and we ought to understand that and not play at war.
I'm not telling it right; no, you don't understand, though he encouraged her by saying that he did understand, and he really had understood all she wanted to say.
"Reinforcements?" said Napoleon in a tone of stern surprise, looking at the adjutant--a handsome lad with long black curls arranged like Murat's own--as though he did not understand his words.
Never to the end of his life could he understand goodness, beauty, or truth, or the significance of his actions which were too contrary to goodness and truth, too remote from everything human, for him ever to be able to grasp their meaning.
To understand the laws of this continuous movement is the aim of history.
You don't understand anything.
Oh, Mamma, how is it you don't understand that the Holy Father, who has the right to grant dispensations...
He felt that only in the ordinary conditions of life would he be able to understand himself and all he had seen and felt.
Pierre did not understand what his benefactor was saying, but he knew (the categories of thoughts were also quite distinct in his dream) that he was talking of goodness and the possibility of being what they were.
I want to hear and understand my benefactor's words.
I want to understand what was revealing itself to me in my dream.
I understand! said Pierre.
Pierre did not understand and was not interested in any of these questions and only answered them in order to get rid of these people.
I don't understand anything about it, said the countess.
You know I don't understand about it, said she, dropping her eyes shamefacedly.
Pierre, evidently engrossed in thought, could not at first understand him.
Not only did it seem to him (as to all administrators) that he controlled the external actions of Moscow's inhabitants, but he also thought he controlled their mental attitude by means of his broadsheets and posters, written in a coarse tone which the people despise in their own class and do not understand from those in authority.
The porter, listening in perplexity to the unfamiliar Polish accent and not realizing that the interpreter was speaking Russian, did not understand what was being said to him and slipped behind the others.
"Master, not here--don't understand... me, you..." said Gerasim, trying to render his words more comprehensible by contorting them.
Still smiling, the French officer spread out his hands before Gerasim's nose, intimating that he did not understand him either, and moved, limping, to the door at which Pierre was standing.
I understand your reasons.
This difficulty had arisen chiefly because the hussars did not understand what was said to them in French.
The German who knew little French, answered the two first questions by giving the names of his regiment and of his commanding officer, but in reply to the third question which he did not understand said, introducing broken French into his own German, that he was the quartermaster of the regiment and his commander had ordered him to occupy all the houses one after another.
The captain made a gesture signifying that even if he did not understand it he begged Pierre to continue.
He drank it eagerly, looking with feverish eyes at the door in front of him as if trying to understand and remember something.
At the gate of one house three Frenchmen, who were explaining something to some Russians who did not understand them, stopped Pierre asking if he did not know French.
In another side street a sentinel standing beside a green caisson shouted at him, but only when the shout was threateningly repeated and he heard the click of the man's musket as he raised it did Pierre understand that he had to pass on the other side of the street.
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.
"Oh yes, I understand," said the governor's wife.
No, my dear, you and Sonya ought to understand that.
"You have met him, Aunt?" said she in a calm voice, unable herself to understand that she could be outwardly so calm and natural.
Pierre felt himself to be an insignificant chip fallen among the wheels of a machine whose action he did not understand but which was working well.
There was a stir in the ranks of the soldiers and it was evident that they were all hurrying--not as men hurry to do something they understand, but as people hurry to finish a necessary but unpleasant and incomprehensible task.
But Pierre did not understand him and remained near the post, and no one drove him away.
He heard what they said, but did not understand the meaning of the words and made no kind of deduction from or application of them.
Do you understand?' he says.
He did not, and could not, understand the meaning of words apart from their context.
He could not understand the value or significance of any word or deed taken separately.
She felt that from her she would be able to understand and learn everything.
Princess Mary heard him and did not understand how he could say such a thing.
"He wrote here that he took a great liking to you," he went on simply and calmly, evidently unable to understand all the complex significance his words had for living people.
They can't understand that all those feelings they prize so--all our feelings, all those ideas that seem so important to us, are unnecessary.
We cannot understand one another, and he remained silent.
All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
So it is impossible to understand by what reasoning the historians reach the conclusion that this maneuver was a profound one.
Pierre saw that Platon did not want to understand what the Frenchman was saying, and he looked on without interfering.
It is natural for a man who does not understand the workings of a machine to imagine that a shaving that has fallen into it by chance and is interfering with its action and tossing about in it is its most important part.
The man who does not understand the construction of the machine cannot conceive that the small connecting cogwheel which revolves quietly is one of the most essential parts of the machine, and not the shaving which merely harms and hinders the working.
They must understand that we can only lose by taking the offensive.
But drawing from his aged wisdom what they could understand, he told them of the golden bridge, and they laughed at and slandered him, flinging themselves on, rending and exulting over the dying beast.
"Oh, yes," said Petya, nodding at the first words Denisov uttered as if he understood it all, though he really did not understand anything of it.
Do you understand, my child? said the teacher.
"Do you understand, damn you?" shouted a voice, and Pierre woke up.
For a long time he could not understand what was happening to him.
"But they don't understand our talk at all," said the dancer with a puzzled smile.
When Morel had drunk some vodka and finished his bowl of porridge he suddenly became unnaturally merry and chattered incessantly to the soldiers, who could not understand him.
Kutuzov seemed not to understand what was expected of him.
The Emperor's displeasure with Kutuzov was specially increased at Vilna by the fact that Kutuzov evidently could not or would not understand the importance of the coming campaign.
Kutuzov did not understand what Europe, the balance of power, or Napoleon meant.
He could not understand it.
Pierre gazed at the door through which she had disappeared and did not understand why he suddenly felt all alone in the world.
No, you can't understand what I learned from that illiterate man--that simple fellow.
Natasha continued to look at him intently with bright, attentive, and animated eyes, as if trying to understand something more which he had perhaps left untold.
"I understand why he" (Prince Andrew) "liked no one so much as him," said Princess Mary.
"No, she either doesn't understand or is pretending," thought Pierre.
I see a force producing effects beyond the scope of ordinary human agencies; I do not understand why this occurs and I talk of genius.
Really I don't understand you, my dear.
As I understand your present life, I think you will always recall it with satisfaction, because the self-sacrifice that fills it now...
"I don't understand your why, Count," she continued, "but it's hard for me...
When Nicholas first began farming and began to understand its different branches, it was the serf who especially attracted his attention.
At first he watched the serfs, trying to understand their aims and what they considered good and bad, and only pretended to direct them and give orders while in reality learning from them their methods, their manner of speech, and their judgment of what was good and bad.
Countess Mary was jealous of this passion of her husband's and regretted that she could not share it; but she could not understand the joys and vexations he derived from that world, to her so remote and alien.
She did not understand why he spoke with such admiration and delight of the farming of the thrifty and well- to-do peasant Matthew Ermishin, who with his family had carted corn all night; or of the fact that his (Nicholas') sheaves were already stacked before anyone else had his harvest in.
Sometimes when, trying to understand him, she spoke of the good work he was doing for his serfs, he would be vexed and reply: Not in the least; it never entered my head and I wouldn't do that for their good!
"Now, Nicholas," she added, turning to her husband, "I can't understand how it is you don't see the charm of these delicious marvels."
Only the really heartless, the stupid ones of that household, and the little children failed to understand this and avoided her.
Denisov, not being a member of the family, did not understand Pierre's caution and being, as a malcontent, much interested in what was occurring in Petersburg, kept urging Pierre to tell them about what had happened in the Semenovsk regiment, then about Arakcheev, and then about the Bible Society.
The Tugendbund is all vewy well for the sausage eaters, but I don't understand it and can't even pwonounce it, interposed Denisov in a loud and resolute voice.
But I understand that you value what opens up a fresh line, said she, repeating words Pierre had once uttered.
Biographical historians and historians of separate nations understand this force as a power inherent in heroes and rulers.
But to understand phenomena man has, besides abstract reasoning, experience by which he verifies his reflections.
To understand in what this dependence consists it is necessary to reinstate another omitted condition of every command proceeding not from the Deity but from a man, which is, that the man who gives the command himself takes part in the event.
To understand, observe, and draw conclusions, man must first of all be conscious of himself as living.
He feels that however impossible it may be, it is so, for without this conception of freedom not only would he be unable to understand life, but he would be unable to live for a single moment.
Religion, the common sense of mankind, the science of jurisprudence, and history itself understand alike this relation between necessity and freedom.
When we do not at all understand the cause of an action, whether a crime, a good action, or even one that is simply nonmoral, we ascribe a greater amount of freedom to it.
Reservations are a must, as it tends to get jam-packed and as soon as you sink your fork into one of their steaks, you'll understand why.
Many of the staff don't speak much English, but they understand "hot pot," and that's really all there is to it.
After seeing the enormous portions of meat that are served, you'll understand why.
High class chefs may take this as an insult, but the staff of most restaurants understand that people have a variety of needs and restrictions when it comes to their diets.
I don't understand his moods.
I understand, young man.
"I don't understand it," she ventured.
I understand there was a store named McGuire's Clothing.
We're just beginning to understand their impact on nature and the universe.
At first I couldn't understand Howie's mumble but then it became clearer.
I don't know a whole lot Julie, but I understand the police at the time had a strong suspect but couldn't prove anything.
She still didn't understand the depth of her talents or how to control the visions, and being alone and away from her mate made some days unbearable.
He didn't understand it, except that Bianca's touch finished what Sofi started.
"Now I begin to understand," said the Princess, smiling.
"That is quite a history," said Ozma; "but there is a little more history about the Land of Oz that you do not seem to understand--perhaps for the reason that no one ever told it you.
"I understand," said Mr. Webster.
Economically, we understand the world around us in terms of scarcity.
We all understand this.
We understand that you can, in theory, save and save and save and then live off the interest of your savings forever.
I understand all the concerns.
We hardly understand the process, which itself seems unbelievable.
I could not understand, and was vexed.
I made her understand that all life comes from an egg.
She could not understand it.
You who are so pure can never understand being so carried away by passion.
I see that I have begun to understand too much.
I understand when they have an emergency and you're handy, but surely they don't have emergencies all the time.
You're the kind of woman he needs - someone who will stand up to him and yet understand his moods.
They thought her too young to understand words like coma and deteriorating, and they accused her of lying when she said she could help him.
Then again, maybe he figured she wouldn't understand them if she did look.
"I understand," he said gently, "but try to keep your chin up."
Sarah couldn't understand her desire to be alone, but she accepted it.
I want the closeness of having them live with us.
We simply don't understand how it can be so.
I understand that you could not, and cannot, think of yourself, but with my love for you I must do so....
But he was kind and gentle only to those of his regiment, to Timokhin and the like--people quite new to him, belonging to a different world and who could not know and understand his past.
Looking into that semi-sweet chocolate gaze, it was easy to understand why Dulce lost her composure.
I'm trying to help you understand it.