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  • Suddenly Gania approached our hero who was at the moment standing over Nastasia Philipovna’s portrait, gazing at it.
  • "Prince, my dear fellow, do remember what you are about," said the general, approaching Muishkin, and pulling him by the coat sleeve.

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  • Stupid nonsense, and in a matter which ought to be approached with all candour and open-heartedness.
  • When Totski had approached the general with his request for friendly counsel as to a marriage with one of his daughters, he had made a full and candid confession.
  • PART I I. Towards the end of November, during a thaw, at nine o’clock one morning, a train on the Warsaw and Petersburg railway was approaching the latter city at full speed.
  • "Get away!" he shouted frantically, observing that Daria Alexeyevna was approaching to protest against Nastasia’s conduct.
  • At last he gave the door a final shove, entered, approached the prince, took his hand and seated himself and the owner of the room on two chairs side by side.
  • He was not in the least disconcerted to see Varia there, but he stood a moment at the door, and then approached the prince quietly.
  • The old woman was very ill at that time, and knew she was dying (she really did die a couple of months later), and though she felt the end approaching she never thought of forgiving her daughter, to the very day of her death.
  • He thought that she wanted him to approach her with a humble proposal from his own side, But to his great, and not entirely pleasurable amazement, he discovered that this was by no means the case, and that were he to offer himself he would be refused.

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  • This gentleman now approached the prince slowly, and with a most courteous smile; silently took his hand and held it in his own, as he examined the prince’s features as though searching for familiar traits therein.
  • There are certain things, certain great ideas, which I must not so much as approach, as Prince S. has just reminded me, or I shall make you all laugh.
  • I also thought to myself, I remember—’if this is a ghost, and I am not afraid of it, why don’t I approach it and verify my suspicions?
  • Seeing them approaching, he rose from his chair, and nodding amicably to the general, signed to him not to interrupt the recitation.
  • But as we said before, the fact of Adelaida’s approaching marriage was balm to the mother.
  • And why had not the prince approached him and spoken to him, instead of turning away and pretending he had seen nothing, although their eyes met?
  • As they approached the terrace other visitors appeared from Lebedeff’s side of the house-the Ptitsins, Gania, and Ardalion Alexandrovitch.
  • Mrs. Epanchin had approached Hippolyte and seized him firmly by the arm, while her eyes, blazing with fury, were fixed upon his face.
  • Keller suddenly left his seat, and approached Lizabetha.
  • Lizabetha Prokofievna approached him anxiously and seized his arm.
  • The prince observed that Aglaya came out of her corner and approached the table at this point.
  • THE prince suddenly approached Evgenie Pavlovitch.
  • So saying, the prince approached Aglaya.
  • He looked intently around him, and wondered why he had come here; he was very tired, so he approached the bench and sat down on it.
  • A man, whose face it was difficult to see in the gloom, approached the bench, and sat down beside him.
  • The prince approached Evgenie Pavlovitch last of all.
  • He became much excited when they approached the table once more.
  • Observing the prince, whom she evidently did not expect to see there, alone in the corner, she smiled, and approached him: "What are you doing there?" she asked.
  • By the troubled aspect of both of them, when they entered the house, and approached Mrs. Epanchin, it was evident that they had been discussing very disturbing news.
  • "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?"
  • THE prince observed with great surprise, as he approached his villa, accompanied by Rogojin, that a large number of people were assembled on his verandah, which was brilliantly lighted up.
  • At length a woman seemed to approach him.
  • I replied that if he came to me as a ’comforter,’ so to speak (for he would be in that capacity whether he spoke to me in a soothing manner or only kept silence, as I pointed out to him), he would but remind me each time of my approaching death!
  • "Good-night, prince," said Ptitsin, approaching his host.
  • He has the most extraordinary nose for smelling out other people’s secrets, or anything approaching to scandal.
  • In point of fact, he did attach marvellously little importance to the approaching event.
  • "Oh, I’m a mean wretch—a mean wretch!" he said, approaching the prince once more, and beating his breast, with tears in his eyes.
  • He had found her in a condition approaching to absolute madness.
  • Vera was about to follow her, but returned and approached the prince with a preoccupied air.
  • He approached the table and laid a small sheet of paper before her.
  • She approached him, and touched his shoulder gently.
  • "What if he were to come out of that corner as I go by and—and stop me?" thought the prince, as he approached the familiar spot.
  • Rogojin and the prince each approached the house on his respective side of the road; Rogojin, who was on the near side, beckoned the prince across.
  • He then approached the prince, and gently helped him to rise, and led him towards the bed.
  • There he is! and if he does not approach me at once and take ME and throw you over, then have him for your own—I give him up to you!
  • Adelaida had long since detected in Aglaya’s features the gathering signs of an approaching storm of laughter, which she restrained with amazing self-control.
  • He had approached the prince with the intention of talking sarcastically about his happy expression of face, but very soon forgot his intention and began to talk about himself.
  • Both these ladies took their seats in a carriage, which was waiting at the door, talking and laughing loudly the while, and drove away without appearing to notice the approaching couple.
  • Recollecting himself, however, and seeing at a glance the sort of people he had to deal with, the officer turned his back on both his opponents, and courteously, but concealing his face with his handkerchief, approached the prince, who was now rising from the chair into which he had fallen.
  • He had been turned out in disgrace, eventually, and this was the cause of his bad night and quarrelsome day, which ended in his sudden departure into the street in a condition approaching insanity, as recorded before.
  • He made haste to explain his view of the matter, and pointed out that the old man’s approaching death was probably brought on by horror at the thought of his action; and that it was not everyone who was capable of such a feeling.
  • The prince had enough to do in keeping the peace between the irritable Hippolyte and his mother, and eventually the former became so malicious and sarcastic on the subject of the approaching wedding, that Muishkin took offence at last, and refused to continue his visits.
  • 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."
  • He approached the disturbers of his peace, requested courteously to be told what was desired; then politely putting Lebedeff and Keller aside, he addressed an old gentleman who was standing on the verandah steps at the head of the band of would-be guests, and courteously requested him to honour him with a visit.
  • We suspect, for instance, that having commissioned Lebedeff and the others, as above, the prince immediately forgot all about masters of ceremonies and even the ceremony itself; and we feel quite certain that in making these arrangements he did so in order that he might absolutely escape all thought of the wedding, and even forget its approach if he could, by detailing all business concerning it to others.
  • At first he declared that the prince had trusted him with his confidences as to "a certain person" (Nastasia Philipovna), but that of late his friendship had been thrust back into his bosom, and his innocent question as to "approaching family changes" had been curtly put aside, which Lebedeff declared, with tipsy tears, he could not bear; especially as he knew so much already both from Rogojin and Nastasia Philipovna and her friend, and from Varvara Ardalionovna, and even from Aglaya…
  • Lebedeff then, in tragic tones, told of the approaching marriage, whereupon the other nodded his head and replied that, after all, marriages like that were not so rare; that he had heard that the lady was very fascinating and of extraordinary beauty, which was enough to explain the infatuation of a wealthy man; that, further, thanks to the liberality of Totski and of Rogojin, she possessed—so he had heard—not only money, but pearls, diamonds, shawls, and furniture, and consequently she…
  • ) Suddenly Prince S. hinted something about "a new and approaching change in the family."

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To see samples from other sources, click a word sense below:
as in: approached the city Define
to come near or nearer
as in: use the best approach Define
a way of doing something; or a rout that leads to a particular place
as in: approached her with the proposal Define
to speak with someone about something for the first time -- such as a proposal -- often something discussed in a delicate, tentative way
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