But now, strange to say, in the shafts of such a cart he saw a thin little sorrel beast, one of those peasants’ nags which he had often seen straining their utmost under a heavy load of wood or hay, especially when the wheels were stuck in the mud or in a rut.
He came in looking as though he had the utmost difficulty not to burst out laughing again.
If they had that brainless idea, they would do their utmost to hide it, and conceal their cards, so as to catch you afterwards….
Then he said that he would do his utmost to obtain an interview with you without my help.
He bent right down to the ground and peeped up into her face from below, he peeped and turned cold with horror: the old woman was sitting and laughing, shaking with noiseless laughter, doing her utmost that he should not hear it.
Sonia listened to him in bewilderment and did her utmost to comprehend.
Of late she had begun to talk more than ever to her eldest girl, Polenka, a child of ten, who, though there was much she did not understand, understood very well that her mother needed her, and so always watched her with her big clever eyes and strove her utmost to appear to understand.
It needed the utmost delicacy, the greatest nicety, but she has managed things so that that fool, that conceited baggage, that provincial nonentity, simply because she is the widow of a major, and has come to try and get a pension and to fray out her skirts in the government offices, because at fifty she paints her face (everybody knows it)…. a creature like that did not think fit to come, and has not even answered the invitation, which the most ordinary good manners required!
"Let me tell you, sir," he began deliberately, doing his utmost to restrain himself but breathing hard, "at the first moment I saw you you were ill-disposed to me, but I remained here on purpose to find out more.
"That’s just the point, that at the present moment," Raskolnikov tried his utmost to feign embarrassment, "I am not quite in funds…. and even this trifling sum is beyond me….
Raskolnikov smiled awkwardly, doing his very utmost to look him straight in the face, but he failed, and suddenly added: "I say that because I suppose there were a great many pledges…. that it must be difficult to remember them all….