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ANDY,(beat),¡¡¡¡After her life in the country, and in her present serious mood, all this seemed grotesque and amazing to Natasha. She could not follow the opera nor even listen to the music; she saw only the painted cardboard and the queerly dressed men and women who moved, spoke, and sang so strangely in that brilliant light. She knew what it was all meant to represent, but it was so pretentiously false and unnatural that she first felt ashamed for the actors and then amused at them. She looked at the faces of the audience, seeking in them the same sense of ridicule and perplexity she herself experienced, but they all seemed attentive to what was happening on the stage, and expressed delight which to Natasha seemed feigned. "I suppose it has to be like this!" she thought. She kept looking round in turn at the rows of pomaded heads in the stalls and then at the seminude women in the boxes, especially at Helene in the next box, who- apparently quite unclothed- sat with a quiet tranquil smile, not taking her eyes off the stage. And feeling the bright light that flooded the whole place and the warm air heated by the crowd, Natasha little by little began to pass into a state of intoxication she had not experienced for a long while. She did not realize who and where she was, nor what was going on before her. As she looked and thought, the strangest fancies unexpectedly and disconnectedly passed through her mind: the idea occurred to her of jumping onto the edge of the box and singing the air the actress was singing, then she wished to touch with her fan an old gentleman sitting not far from her, then to lean over to Helene and tickle her.,¡¡¡¡"Only one--beside me on the box," said the coachman.;¡¡¡¡"He left long ago. She has been at death's door.",¡¡¡¡And several of the men went over to the Fifth Company..¡¡¡¡"When I told him that duty and the oath were above everything, he started proving goodness knows what! A pity you were not there- what would you have said?".CHAPTER XXIII ,¡¡¡¡Nicholas said nothing. He flushed crimson, left her side, and paced up and down the room. He understood what she was weeping about, but could not in his heart at once agree with her that what he had regarded from childhood as quite an everyday event was wrong. "Is it just sentimentality, old wives' tales, or is she right?" he asked himself. Before he had solved that point he glanced again at her face filled with love and pain, and he suddenly realized that she was right and that he had long been sinning against himself.;
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¡¡¡¡"I am paralyzed with cold.".¡¡¡¡One can perish from being undermined as well as from being struck by lightning.,¡¡¡¡I do not want you to be grieved. What can be done for it?;¡¡¡¡What a degradation, when one has been what we have been!...Suddenly, other cons start breaking away in groups, dozens of...¡¡¡¡The crackling of the burning flesh became audible, and the odor peculiar to chambers of torture filled the hovel.,!¡¡¡¡In this full felicity, tears welled up to their eyes every instant. A crushed lady-bug, a feather fallen from a nest, a branch of hawthorn broken, aroused their pity, and their ecstasy, sweetly mingled with melancholy, seemed to ask nothing better than to weep. The most sovereign symptom of love is a tenderness that is, at times, almost unbearable.;
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¡¡¡¡On the evening of the day when Jean Valjean rescued Cosette from the claws of the Thenardiers, he returned to Paris.,.¡¡¡¡She stopped, seeing in the forward thrust of her husband's head, in his glowing eyes and his resolute gait, the terrible indications of that rage and strength which she knew and had herself experienced after his duel with Dolokhov., ,¡¡¡¡That simple, modest, and therefore truly great, figure could not be cast in the false mold of a European hero- the supposed ruler of men- that history has invented....¡¡¡¡He set her on the ground and took her hand again.!¡¡¡¡She had lied twice in succession, one after the other, without hesitation, promptly, as a person does when sacrificing herself.,¡¡¡¡"That's why we get on well together, my coat and I. It has acquired all my folds, it does not bind me anywhere, it is moulded on my deformities, it falls in with all my movements, I am only conscious of it because it keeps me warm.,Yet such men, many times, are in great favour; for they are officious, and commonly exchange tales. The following by certain estates of men, answerable to that which a great person himself professeth (as of soldiers to him that hath been employed in me wars, and the like), hath ever been a thing civil, and well taken even in monarchies; so it be without too much pomp or popularity. But the most honourable kind of following, is to be followed as one that apprehendeth, to advance virtue and desert, in all sorts of persons. !
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!ANDY,¡¡¡¡Jean Valjean had already forgotten the means which he had employed to make Cosette keep silent.,...,¡¡¡¡He finished her thought.,¡¡¡¡Et qu'un beau jour son nez ne tombe dans sa bouche.[48],¡¡¡¡"Father, I did not want to judge," said Prince Andrew, in a hard and bitter tone, "but you challenged me, and I have said, and always shall say, that Mary is not to blame, but those to blame- the one to blame- is that Frenchwoman."...
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