Oh, I have no special business; my principal object was to make your acquaintance.
The room they were now sitting in was a large one, lofty but dark, well furnished, principally with writing-tables and desks covered with papers and books.
Her principal acquaintances were poor women of various grades, a couple of actresses, and the family of a poor schoolteacher.
Perhaps my lot in life will be changed; but that is not the principal thing.
The principal thing is the entire change that has already come over me.
For instance, he made a point of never asserting himself when he would gain more by keeping in the background; and in consequence many exalted personages valued him principally for his humility and simplicity, and because "he knew his place."
There is one little matter—some advice I am going to ask him for; but my principal object is simply to introduce myself, because I am Prince Muishkin, and Madame Epanchin is the last of her branch of the house, and besides herself and me there are no other Muishkins left.
But the principal thing, and the conclusion of my argument, is that this is most clearly seen in the heart of a Russian.
Besides, he cannot possibly be on such intimate terms with Nastasia Philipovna as she gave us to understand; that’s the principal part of the mystery!
A month or so ago, we were all talking and laughing, and looking up a subject for one of Adelaida’s pictures—you know it is the principal business of this family to find subjects for Adelaida’s pictures.
My principal object is to beg you to fix an hour for a most important conversation—that is my great hope, prince.
On the contrary, I think it very likely that you may shoot yourself; but the principal thing is to keep cool," said Evgenie with a drawl, and with great condescension.
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The principal idea is that decisions should be made by the people who are most knowledgeable about specific circumstances that impact the decision.
The singer was the principal performer; though the whole band was good.