As before, Rogojin walked in advance of his troop, who followed him with mingled self-assertion and timidity.
In society they not only disliked asserting themselves, but were actually retiring.
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."
Incontrovertible facts prove this assertion.
It is really a most extraordinary, exalted assertion of personal dignity, it’s—it’s DEFIANT!
Oh, my dear prince," Lebedeff added most emphatically, "I do not positively assert that he has….
As to the objection which I made just now in the name of all, to the presence of your friends, I think I ought to explain, gentlemen, that I only did so to assert our rights, though we really wished to have witnesses; we had agreed unanimously upon the point before we came in.
Aglaya paused for a moment, as though suddenly brought up in astonishment that she could have said these words, but at the same time a great pride shone in her eyes, like a defiant assertion that it would not matter to her if "this woman" laughed in her face for the admission just made.
…what a riddle it must have been for us when that calm, cold, little spitfire, Aglaya—(for she stood up to her mother and answered her questions with inexpressible contempt, and mine still more so, because, like a fool, I thought it my duty to assert myself as head of the family)—when Aglaya stood up of a sudden and informed us that ’that madwoman’ (strangely enough, she used exactly the same expression as you did) ’has taken it into her head to marry me to Prince Lef Nicolaievitch, and…
He invites me to Moscow in order to prove his assertion, and show me his leg’s tomb, and the very cannon that shot him; he says it’s the eleventh from the gate of the Kremlin, an old-fashioned falconet taken from the French afterwards."