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  • "My dear, my dear!" he said, solemnly and reproachfully, looking at his wife, with one hand on his heart.
  • And how terribly solemn you are about it!
  • Gavrila Ardalionovitch," she spoke solemnly and forcibly, "you hear the prince’s decision?
  • And the general rose from his seat and solemnly embraced the prince.
  • This is my ’last and solemn’—but why need I call it that?
  • "Well, have you finished your silly joke?" she added, "and am I to be told what this ’poor knight’ means, or is it a solemn secret which cannot be approached lightly?"
  • "So do I," said Adelaida, solemnly.
  • She now rose solemnly from her seat, walked to the centre of the terrace, and stood in front of the prince’s chair.
  • I swear to you solemnly, that there is nothing to tell.
  • She gave the prince a ceremonious bow and solemnly took up a prominent position near the big round table.
  • He immediately changed his tone, and started off on a long and solemn explanation.
  • Before entering he stopped on the threshold, raised his hand as if making a solemn vow, and cried: "I won’t drink!"
  • Mrs. Epanchin was surprised at the effect which the news from Moscow had upon the girls, and they were no less surprised that after solemnly remarking that her most striking characteristic was "being mistaken in people" she should have troubled to obtain for the prince the favour and protection of so powerful an old lady as the Princess Bielokonski.
  • "My dear prince! your words lie in the lowest depth of my heart—it is their tomb!" said Lebedeff, solemnly, pressing his hat to the region of his heart.
  • Elizabetha Prokofievna sometimes informed the girls that they were a little too candid in this matter, but in spite of their outward deference to their mother these three young women, in solemn conclave, had long agreed to modify the unquestioning obedience which they had been in the habit of according to her; and Mrs. General Epanchin had judged it better to say nothing about it, though, of course, she was well aware of the fact.
  • He had fallen asleep after a while, but not for long, and had awaked in a state of violent hypochondria which had ended in his quarrel with Hippolyte, and the solemn cursing of Ptitsin’s establishment generally.
  • Poor Hippolyte sobbed hysterically; he wrung his hands; he approached everyone in turn—even Ferdishenko—and took them by both hands, and swore solemnly that he had forgotten—absolutely forgotten—"accidentally, and not on purpose,"—to put a cap in—that he "had ten of them, at least, in his pocket."
  • "Accept, accept, Prince Lef Nicolaievitch" said Lebedef solemnly; "don’t let it slip!
  • It was rumoured that he had purposely waited for the solemn occasion of a large evening party at the house of his future bride, at which he was introduced to several eminent persons, in order publicly to make known his ideas and opinions, and thereby insult the "big-wigs," and to throw over his bride as offensively as possible; and that, resisting the servants who were told off to turn him out of the house, he had seized and thrown down a magnificent china vase.
  • Not the least bit in the world!" cried Lebedeff, solemnly, with his hand upon his heart.
  • I must absolutely speak to you about something which is most grave," said Lebedeff, mysteriously and solemnly, entering the room with a bow and looking extremely important.
  • She solemnly announced that she had heard from old Princess Bielokonski, who had given her most comforting news about "that queer young prince."

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  • He took a solemn oath.
  • Everyone was solemn at the funeral.

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