How to use Vasili in a sentence
In 1390 Prince Vasili of Moscow, in alliance with Toktamish, khan of the Golden Horde of the Mongols, took Nizhniy and established his own governors there; in 1417 it was definitely annexed to Moscow, becoming a stronghold for the further advance of that principality towards the east.
With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception.
Prince Vasili always spoke languidly, like an actor repeating a stale part.
Prince Vasili's daughter, the beautiful Helene, came to take her father to the ambassador's entertainment; she wore a ball dress and her badge as maid of honor.
Prince Vasili's son, Hippolyte, had come with Mortemart, whom he introduced.Advertisement
He wished to say something more, but at that moment Prince Vasili and his daughter got up to go and the two young men rose to let them pass.
She knew his father to be a connection of Prince Vasili's.
It was, in fact, solely to meet Prince Vasili that she had obtained an invitation to Anna Pavlovna's reception and had sat listening to the vicomte's story.
Prince Vasili knew this, and having once realized that if he asked on behalf of all who begged of him, he would soon be unable to ask for himself, he became chary of using his influence.
Here is a letter to Prince Vasili, and here is money.Advertisement
Pierre was staying at Prince Vasili Kuragin's and sharing the dissipated life of his son Anatole, the son whom they were planning to reform by marrying him to Prince Andrew's sister.
I know it all very well for Prince Vasili told me himself.
Prince Vasili arrived in Moscow yesterday.
They entered the large hall, from which one of the doors led to the apartments assigned to Prince Vasili.
Seeing Anna Mikhaylovna and her son, Prince Vasili dismissed the doctor with a bow and approached them silently and with a look of inquiry.Advertisement
Prince Vasili stared at her and at Boris questioningly and perplexed.
He is his godson, she added, her tone suggesting that this fact ought to give Prince Vasili much satisfaction.
Prince Vasili became thoughtful and frowned.
Prince Vasili turned to her.
Next day Prince Vasili had arrived and settled in the count's house.Advertisement
Prince Vasili saw the princess off.
Prince Vasili, who had grown thinner and paler during the last few days, escorted him to the door, repeating something to him several times in low tones.
When the Military Governor had gone, Prince Vasili sat down all alone on a chair in the ballroom, crossing one leg high over the other, leaning his elbow on his knee and covering his face with his hand.
Meanwhile Prince Vasili had opened the door into the princess' room.
Prince Vasili understood it as an expression of weariness.Advertisement
Prince Vasili said no more and his cheeks began to twitch nervously, now on one side, now on the other, giving his face an unpleasant expression which was never to be seen on it in a drawing room.
The princess, holding her little dog on her lap with her thin bony hands, looked attentively into Prince Vasili's eyes evidently resolved not to be the first to break silence, if she had to wait till morning.
Prince Vasili looked questioningly at the princess, but could not make out whether she was considering what he had just said or whether she was simply looking at him.
If not, then as soon as all is over," and Prince Vasili sighed to intimate what he meant by the words all is over, "and the count's papers are opened, the will and letter will be delivered to the Emperor, and the petition will certainly be granted.
There are your sisters... replied Prince Vasili.
Seeing them pass, Prince Vasili drew back with obvious impatience, while the princess jumped up and with a gesture of desperation slammed the door with all her might.
Not two minutes had passed before Prince Vasili with head erect majestically entered the room.
He looked at Prince Vasili in perplexity, and only later grasped that a stroke was an attack of illness.
Prince Vasili said something to Lorrain in passing and went through the door on tiptoe.
On leaving the bed both Prince Vasili and the princess passed out by a back door, but returned to their places one after the other before the service was concluded.
Anna Mikhaylovna looked attentively at the sick man's eyes, trying to guess what he wanted; she pointed first to Pierre, then to some drink, then named Prince Vasili in an inquiring whisper, then pointed to the quilt.
There was now no one in the reception room except Prince Vasili and the eldest princess, who were sitting under the portrait of Catherine the Great and talking eagerly.
He looked inquiringly at his monitress and saw that she was again going on tiptoe to the reception room where they had left Prince Vasili and the eldest princess.
Here, Pierre, tell them your opinion, said she, turning to the young man who, having come quite close, was gazing with astonishment at the angry face of the princess which had lost all dignity, and at the twitching cheeks of Prince Vasili.
Prince Vasili bent his head and spread out his hands.
The eldest princess and Prince Vasili, recovering themselves, followed her.
Prince Vasili came next.
Of the behavior of the eldest princess and Prince Vasili she spoke disapprovingly, but in whispers and as a great secret.
As to his inheritance and the part played by Prince Vasili, it is very sad for both.
I pity Prince Vasili but am still more sorry for Pierre.
My father has not spoken to me of a suitor, but has only told me that he has received a letter and is expecting a visit from Prince Vasili.
Prince Vasili was not a man who deliberately thought out his plans.
But when he came across a man of position his instinct immediately told him that this man could be useful, and without any premeditation Prince Vasili took the first opportunity to gain his confidence, flatter him, become intimate with him, and finally make his request.
Prince Vasili had come to the conclusion that it was necessary to throw this bone--a bill for thirty thousand rubles--to the poor princess that it might not occur to her to speak of his share in the affair of the inlaid portfolio.
By "what was due from the Ryazan estate" Prince Vasili meant several thousand rubles quitrent received from Pierre's peasants, which the prince had retained for himself.
His whole time was taken up with dinners and balls and was spent chiefly at Prince Vasili's house in the company of the stout princess, his wife, and his beautiful daughter Helene.
That's a good thing, but don't move from Prince Vasili's.
It is good to have a friend like the prince, she said, smiling at Prince Vasili.
Prince Vasili is her father...
And he again saw her not as the daughter of Prince Vasili, but visualized her whole body only veiled by its gray dress.
In November, 1805, Prince Vasili had to go on a tour of inspection in four different provinces.
And though Prince Vasili, when he stayed in (as he said) for Pierre's sake, hardly exchanged a couple of words with him, Pierre felt unable to disappoint him.
On Helene's name day, a small party of just their own people--as his wife said--met for supper at Prince Vasili's.
At the center of the table, Prince Vasili attracted everybody's attention.
Anna Pavlovna threatened him on behalf of "our dear Vyazmitinov," and in her eyes, which, for an instant, glanced at Pierre, Prince Vasili read a congratulation on his future son-in-law and on his daughter's happiness.
I traveled from Moscow with Prince Vasili.
Prince Vasili smiled, and Pierre noticed that everyone was smiling at him and Helene.
Prince Vasili gave him a look of stern inquiry, as though what Pierre had just said was so strange that one could not take it in.
When Prince Vasili returned to the drawing room, the princess, his wife, was talking in low tones to the elderly lady about Pierre.
Prince Vasili passed by, seeming not to hear the ladies, and sat down on a sofa in a far corner of the room.
Old Prince Nicholas Bolkonski received a letter from Prince Vasili in November, 1805, announcing that he and his son would be paying him a visit.
A fortnight after the letter Prince Vasili's servants came one evening in advance of him, and he and his son arrived next day.
On the day of Prince Vasili's arrival, Prince Bolkonski was particularly discontented and out of temper.
Whether he was in a bad temper because Prince Vasili was coming, or whether his being in a bad temper made him specially annoyed at Prince Vasili's visit, he was in a bad temper, and in the morning Tikhon had already advised the architect not to go to the prince with his report.
Prince Vasili arrived that evening.
Prince Vasili and Anatole had separate rooms assigned to them.
When Princess Mary came down, Prince Vasili and his son were already in the drawing room, talking to the little princess and Mademoiselle Bourienne.
She saw Prince Vasili's face, serious for an instant at the sight of her, but immediately smiling again, and the little princess curiously noting the impression "Marie" produced on the visitors.
Prince Vasili approached first, and she kissed the bold forehead that bent over her hand and answered his question by saying that, on the contrary, she remembered him quite well.
Prince Vasili readily adopted her tone and the little princess also drew Anatole, whom she hardly knew, into these amusing recollections of things that had never occurred.
What are Prince Vasili and that son of his to me?
Prince Vasili had brought his son with the evident intention of proposing, and today or tomorrow he would probably ask for an answer.
He went straight up to Prince Vasili.
Prince Bolkonski sat down in his usual place in the corner of the sofa and, drawing up an armchair for Prince Vasili, pointed to it and began questioning him about political affairs and news.
He seemed to listen attentively to what Prince Vasili said, but kept glancing at Princess Mary.
He took Prince Vasili's arm and led him to his study.
As soon as they were alone together, Prince Vasili announced his hopes and wishes to the old prince.
He guessed that the question referred to Prince Vasili and his son.
Prince Vasili finds you to his taste as a daughter-in-law and makes a proposal to you on his pupil's behalf.
An hour later, Tikhon came to call Princess Mary to the old prince; he added that Prince Vasili was also there.
Yes, my opinion, and only my opinion, added Prince Bolkonski, turning to Prince Vasili and answering his imploring look.
I don't wish to marry, she answered positively, glancing at Prince Vasili and at her father with her beautiful eyes.
He asked you, and Vasili Dmitrich * is also going.
Vasili Dmitrich is staying a day longer for my sake!
Vasili Dmitrich, I'm so sorry for you!...
He was joyfully planning this new life, when Prince Vasili suddenly entered the room.
You are under a delusion, said Prince Vasili, as he entered.
Pierre was about to reply, but Prince Vasili interrupted him.
Prince Vasili gave Pierre a significant look.
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.
And Prince Vasili had to go without receiving any explanation.
Prince Vasili expressed his opinion more openly.
Looking for Vasili Dmitrich Denisov?
One has to submit, and Vasili Dmitrich doesn't want to.
At the same time his mother-in-law, Prince Vasili's wife, sent to him imploring him to come if only for a few minutes to discuss a most important matter.
Prince Vasili, who still occupied his former important posts, formed a connecting link between these two circles.
On the ninth of August Prince Vasili at Anna Pavlovna's again met the "man of great merit."
Prince Vasili entered the room with the air of a happy conqueror who has attained the object of his desires.
The "man of great merit," despite his desire to obtain the post of director, could not refrain from reminding Prince Vasili of his former opinion.
He sees well enough, said Prince Vasili rapidly, in a deep voice and with a slight cough--the voice and cough with which he was wont to dispose of all difficulties.
As soon as he said this both Prince Vasili and Anna Pavlovna turned away from him and glanced sadly at one another with a sigh at his naivete.
While the troops, dividing into two parts when passing around the Kremlin, were thronging the Moskva and the Stone bridges, a great many soldiers, taking advantage of the stoppage and congestion, turned back from the bridges and slipped stealthily and silently past the church of Vasili the Beatified and under the Borovitski gate, back up the hill to the Red Square where some instinct told them they could easily take things not belonging to them.
What is it? he asked, but his comrade was already galloping off past Vasili the Beatified in the direction from which the screams came.
Prince Vasili himself, famed for his elocution, was to read it.
Prince Vasili sternly declaimed, looking round at his audience as if to inquire whether anyone had anything to say to the contrary.
Prince Vasili pronounced these last words in a tearful voice.
Prince Vasili now said with a prophet's pride.
That day Prince Vasili no longer boasted of his protege Kutuzov, but remained silent when the commander-in-chief was mentioned.
It was said that Prince Vasili and the old count had turned upon the Italian, but the latter had produced such letters from the unfortunate deceased that they had immediately let the matter drop.
Vasili Dmitrich, entrust me with some commission!
About the same time he received letters from Prince Vasili and other Petersburg acquaintances speaking of his wife's debts.
Prince Vasili, who having obtained a new post and some fresh decorations was particularly proud at this time, seemed to him a pathetic, kindly old man much to be pitied.
Besides the Bezukhov family, Nicholas' old friend the retired General Vasili Dmitrich Denisov was staying with the Rostovs this fifth of December.
Prince Vasili kept the promise he had given to Princess Drubetskaya who had spoken to him on behalf of her only son Boris on the evening of Anna Pavlovna's soiree.