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  • H’m! you are candid, however—and that is commendable.
  • However, I went for an hour or so and saw Nastasia Philipovna, and I never slept a wink all night after.

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  • However, I have thought it right to make acquaintance with her on my arrival.
  • You might have given her your portrait, however.
  • "Oh, of course it’s nothing but humbug!" cried Gania, a little disturbed, however.
  • Very soon, however, there was only one of them left-Nastasia Philipovna—for the other little one died of whooping-cough.
  • His meditations lasted a fortnight, however, and at the end of that time his resolution was taken.
  • However, these arguments would only hold good in case of Nastasia acting as others might in such an emergency.
  • She thanked him for his delicacy, however, but saw no reason why Gavrila Ardalionovitch should not know about it.
  • I was very happy, however, nearly all the time.

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  • However, most of the people were angry with me about one and the same thing; but Thibaut simply was jealous of me.
  • However, when it came to carrying the coffin, all the children rushed up, to carry it themselves.
  • However kind people may be to me, I never feel quite at home with them, and am always glad to get back to my little companions.
  • However, it was very soon apparent to anyone coming into the house, that Gania was the tyrant of the family.
  • However, it’s not MY affair.
  • He never thought of apologizing to the prince, however.
  • However, he moved off towards the drawing-room with the cloak over his arm.
  • Nastasia, however, smiled amiably; but Varia did not try to look amiable, and kept her gloomy expression.
  • We have only just begun, however
  • However, Gania recollected himself almost immediately.
  • Once let them begin to shout, however, and nothing on earth should disconcert them.
  • He did not move an inch, however.
  • However, she had not reached the outer hall when she turned round, walked quickly up to Nina Alexandrovna, seized her hand and lifted it to her lips.
  • Varia, however, both saw and heard all, and watched Nastasia out of the room with an expression of wonder.
  • However, enough for the present.
  • However, it is of no consequence.
  • However, at present you….
  • However, in spite of all his fears and heart-quakings he went in, and asked for Nastasia Philipovna.
  • However, the wine was not refused; each guest took a glass excepting Gania, who drank nothing.
  • However, just as you please, of course.
  • They followed their chief into the salon, however, with a kind of impudent curiosity.
  • However, it might have been expected of him.
  • I see you don’t intend to move however.
  • However, all these rumours soon died down, to which circumstance certain facts largely contributed.
  • However, a week later she received another letter from the same source, and at last resolved to speak.
  • However, the ice was broken, and it suddenly became possible to mention the prince’s name again.
  • Varia, however, informed the girls of what had happened, she having received the news from Ptitsin, who generally knew more than most people.
  • The general, however, regretted Totski for a long while.
  • I must, however, find something to do for the present, and therefore I have got employment on the railway at twenty-four roubles a month.
  • However, you see now that I have come, and I have had enough of trickery.
  • They had not met now, however, for three months.
  • Others, however, took the hint and sat down, as far as they could from the table, however; feeling braver in proportion to their distance from Nastasia.
  • Others, however, took the hint and sat down, as far as they could from the table, however; feeling braver in proportion to their distance from Nastasia.
  • However, it was impossible to avoid remarking that there was some sense of oppression in the household—something unspoken, but felt; something strained.
  • However, I caught hold of her one day, and said: ’You are engaged to be married into a respectable family, and do you know what sort of a woman you are?
  • However, I forgive you.
  • One day, however, he and Lizabetha Prokofievna quarrelled seriously about the "woman question," in the course of a lively discussion on that burning subject.
  • However, it’s half-past twelve," he concluded, looking at his watch; "so to business, prince, for I must be setting to work and shall not see you again today.
  • As soon as he had recovered, however, he threw up his situation in the public company under General Epanchin’s direction, for some unknown reason, and the post was given to another.
  • I confess, however, that I should not have stayed here even if you had invited me, not for any particular reason, but because it is—well, contrary to my practice and nature, somehow.
  • It was not for this rubbish I asked you to come over here" (he pocketed the money, however, at this point), "it was to invite your alliance in the campaign against Nastasia Philipovna tonight.
  • His bewilderment and his alarmed perplexity passed off, however, and his lips now twitched with rage as he continued to stare evilly at his laughing guest, while his countenance became absolutely livid.
  • However, it appeared to Totski that he might make use of her in another way; and he determined to establish her in St. Petersburg, surrounding her with all the comforts and luxuries that his wealth could command.
  • However, both the friends felt that the thing looked rosy indeed when one day Nastasia informed them that she would give her final answer on the evening of her birthday, which anniversary was due in a very short time.
  • I think you should be kind to him; it is a good deed, you know—however, just as you like, of course—but he is a sort of relation, remember, and I thought it might interest you to see the young fellow, seeing that this is so.
  • The general, however, had had an opportunity of seeing him once or twice since the eventful evening, and had spoken very seriously with him; but though he had seen the prince, as I say, he told his family nothing about the circumstance.
  • She confessed that she had long wished to have a frank and free conversation and to ask for friendly advice, but that pride had hitherto prevented her; now, however, that the ice was broken, nothing could be more welcome to her than this opportunity.
  • Over the door, however, there was one of strange and rather striking shape; it was six or seven feet in length, and not more than a foot in height.
  • He had not gone there, however; and he knew very well that it was of no use to go now, for he would certainly not find Lebedeff’s relation at home.
  • However, it was something to move on and know where he was going.
  • In the evening, however, Colia came with the story of the prince’s adventures, so far as he knew them.
  • Aglaya, however, suggested that it was a little unceremonious to go en masse to see him.
  • However, I see you have not quite drunk your better feelings away.
  • He was puzzled, however, by the young man’s plain clothes, for he had always heard of Evgenie Pavlovitch as a military man.
  • He had, however, always made more or less of a joke about it, so no one had taken him seriously.
  • However, I do not care about receiving them here, in public.
  • I was only surprised that Mr. Burdovsky should have—however, this is what I have to say.
  • However, forgive me, prince, if I blew you up—that is, if you like, of course.
  • "However, I bear you no grudge," said Hippolyte suddenly, and, hardly conscious of what he was doing, he held out his hand with a smile.
  • However, there was no one left to turn out of the house, for they had managed meanwhile to get Hippolyte into the cab, and it had driven off.
  • At length, however, just as the visitors were on the point of departing, Prince S. seemed suddenly to recollect himself.
  • The latter, however, remained silent.
  • The visitors left the house, however, on no less friendly terms than before.
  • Nastasia, however, was behaving with great discretion on the whole.
  • The latter, however, thanked him again for the trouble he had taken in the affair.
  • This step was one of those things, however, which are not thought out, as a rule, but decided for or against hastily, and without much reflection.
  • However, he stopped immediately on seeing that the other was really hurt, and the conversation continued, very earnestly, for an hour or more.
  • However, he is not going to marry Aglaya, I can tell you that.
  • Lizabetha Prokofievna had felt less anxious about this daughter, however, although she considered her artistic tastes suspicious.
  • It was impossible to avoid noticing them, however, in reality, for they made their presence only too conspicuous by laughing and talking loudly.
  • She laughed and talked loudly, however, just as before.
  • However, I see you are laughing at me and twisting your face up as usual in order to make yourself look more interesting.
  • Her serious air, however, during this conversation had surprised him considerably.
  • Suddenly, however, he observed his pocketbook in my hand.
  • However, within three weeks my determination was taken, owing to a very strange circumstance.
  • For all that, however, I spent a very interesting hour, and so, I dare say, did he.
  • His house impressed me much; it is like a burial-ground, he seems to like it, which is, however, quite natural.
  • However, it would send your skull flying well enough if you pressed the muzzle of it against your temple.
  • I should not like this paper, however, to be made public.
  • However, I have the power to end my existence, although I do but give back days that are already numbered.
  • I will never accept one single copeck from you, but you have helped my mother, and I am bound to be grateful to you for that, however weak it may seem.
  • However, a week ago, I called in a medical student, Kislorodoff, who is a Nationalist, an Atheist, and a Nihilist, by conviction, and that is why I had him.
  • He was beginning to have a passionate faith in the Russian soul, however, and what discoveries he had made in the last six months, what unexpected discoveries!
  • It was, however, soon recognized as a case of epilepsy, and identification and proper measures for restoration followed one another, owing to a fortunate circumstance.
  • "Well, it’s lucky she has happened upon an idiot, then, that’s all I can say!" whispered Lizabetha Prokofievna, who was somewhat comforted, however, by her daughter’s remark.
  • However, the prince soon changed his mind on this score, and thought that there was not only no affectation of indifference, but that Rogojin was not even particularly agitated.
  • The day after these scandalous events, however, the prince had the honour of receiving a visit from Adelaida and her fiance, Prince S. They came, ostensibly, to inquire after his health.
  • He had married young, while still a lieutenant, his wife being a girl of about his own age, who possessed neither beauty nor education, and who brought him no more than fifty souls of landed property, which little estate served, however, as a nest-egg for far more important accumulations.
  • He caught himself, however, indulging in one thought which made him roar with laughter, though there was nothing really to laugh at in it; but he felt that he must laugh, and go on laughing.
  • However, the special point to which the two friends particularly trusted to bring about their object (namely, Gania’s attractiveness for Nastasia Philipovna), stood out more and more prominently; the pourparlers had commenced, and gradually even Totski began to believe in the possibility of success.
  • However, I hope I shall not interfere with the proper sequence of my narrative too much, if I diverge for a moment at this point, in order to explain the mutual relations between General Epanchin’s family and others acting a part in this history, at the time when we take up the thread of their destiny.
  • However, one and all of the party realized that something important had happened, and that, perhaps fortunately enough, something which had hitherto been enveloped in the obscurity of guess-work had now begun to come forth a little from the mists.
  • However this may be, Keller ran after Hippolyte, but he was too late.
  • However, now that she had dragged the prince home with her, she began to feel a little frightened at what she had undertaken.
  • There was a look of cunning in his eyes, however.
  • However this may be, her manoeuvres were skilful enough.
  • However, at this moment, the noise began again upstairs.
  • However, I believe there is something of that sort in the air; he is very likely to be in love, for he is a mere boy.
  • I am ready to spare him, however, even now; but solely out of respect for yourself, Varvara Ardalionovna.
  • Shortly after this, however, there was a violent but short-lived quarrel, with loud talking on both sides.
  • His calmness, however, was more apparent than real.
  • Alexandra, however, found it difficult to keep absolute silence on the subject.
  • However, she turned and ran down to the prince as fast as her feet could carry her.
  • There was nothing, however, of love-making in his talk.
  • However, he decided to say no more about it, and merely to look on, and take his time and tune from Lizabetha Prokofievna.
  • However, I cannot help seeing that you always treat me like—like a fragile china cup.
  • However, I see I must make arrangements to die soon, or I myself—.
  • However, he made up his mind that he would himself take the note and deliver it.
  • However, he there luckily met Colia, and commissioned him to deliver the letter to his brother as if direct from Aglaya.
  • However, when he did master the fact, it acted upon him as a tonic by completely distracting his attention.
  • It was not a large party, however.
  • Literary patronage was, however, with her as much a mania as was the love of gorgeous clothes.
  • It so happened, however, that on this particular evening all these good people were in excellent humour and highly pleased with themselves.
  • Little by little a sort of inspiration, however, began to stir within him, ready to spring into life at the right moment.
  • He was right, however, in this instance, for the report had reached the prince’s ears in an incorrect form.
  • However, I am very glad, on your account, of course.
  • However, I won’t deceive you; I asked for the appointment.
  • However, I’ve warned you, and you may be grateful to me.
  • However, let us take one more example.
  • Hippolyte plainly declared that he thought he was out of his mind;—this, however, was hardly to be relied upon.
  • However, he told Muishkin all he could, kindly and in detail.
  • However, Lebedeff had not lost heart, and went off to a clever lawyer,—a worthy and respectable man, whom he knew well.
  • A couple of days later, however, Hippolyte’s mother came with tears in her eyes, and begged the prince to come back, "or HE would eat her up bodily."
  • However, the invalid—to his immense satisfaction—ended by seriously alarming the prince.
  • Then after a short silence, he added: "However, in her state, it is quite consistent with the natural order of things."
  • All he did, however, was to ask Vera very earnestly to knock at his door and awake him in time for the first train to Petersburg next morning.
  • He waited another minute, and decided to go and ring the bell once more; however, he thought better of it again and put it off for an hour.
  • However, the prince decided to call again in a couple of hours, and after that to watch the house, in case of need.
  • However, he must take his room at the hotel; and he started off in that direction.
  • They could just see one anothers faces, however, though not in detail.
  • But the prince could now walk by himself, so that his fear must have passed; for all that, however, he continued to shudder.
  • The prince did not snub Lebedeff’s curiosity, however, because he felt any contempt for him; but simply because the subject was too delicate to talk about.
  • But what I especially noticed was this, that the very most hopeless and remorseless murderer—however hardened a criminal he may be—still KNOWS THAT HE IS A CRIMINAL; that is, he is conscious that he has acted wickedly, though he may feel no remorse whatever.
  • The prince, however, immediately began, with some show of annoyance, to question Lebedeff categorically, as to the general’s present condition, and his opinion thereon.
  • However all these things might be, the public interest in the matter grew daily, especially as it became clear that the scandalous wedding was undoubtedly to take place.
  • There was no secret, however, unless we reckon certain pantings and agitated glances around (probably all put on) as the invalid begged his visitor to "beware of Rogojin."
  • However, in a very few minutes he decided that to run away was impossible; that it would be cowardly; that great problems lay before him, and that he had no right to leave them unsolved, or at least to refuse to give all his energy and strength to the attempt to solve them.
  • On the contrary, though I had not actually told him my thought in the morning, yet I know he understood it; and this thought was of such a character that it would not be anything very remarkable, if one were to come for further talk about it at any hour of night, however late.
  • The prince jumped up so furiously that Lebedeff ran towards the door; having gained which strategic position, however, he stopped and looked back to see if he might hope for pardon.
  • Eventually, however, he was persuaded to reply so far as to state that Rogojin had left the house early in the morning and gone to Pavlofsk, and that he would not return today at all.
  • However, when they did meet, Colia never had anything particular to tell him, excepting that he was highly dissatisfied with the general and his present condition of mind and behaviour.
  • 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.
  • Will it be believed that, after Aglaya’s alarming words, an ineradicable conviction had taken possession of his mind that, however he might try to avoid this vase next day, he must certainly break it?
  • He declared, further, that he had intended to go every day, but had always been prevented by circumstances; but that now he would promise himself the pleasure—however far it was, he would find them out.
  • At last, however, on the repeated positive assurance that he really was Prince Muishkin, and must absolutely see the general on business, the bewildered domestic showed him into a little ante-chamber leading to a waiting-room that adjoined the general’s study, there handing him over to another servant, whose duty it was to be in this ante-chamber all the morning, and announce visitors to the general.
  • We have seen, however, that the general paid a visit to Lizabetha Prokofievna and caused trouble there, the final upshot being that he frightened Mrs. Epanchin, and angered her by bitter hints as to his son Gania.
  • Muishkin learned from her that she had on several occasions performed secret missions both for Aglaya and for Rogojin, without, however, having had the slightest idea that in so doing she might injure the prince in any way.
  • According to my calculations, the sum spent on me was very considerably under ten thousand roubles, but I decided on that sum, and you must admit that in paying a debt I could not offer Mr. Burdovsky more, however kindly disposed I might be towards him; delicacy forbids it; I should seem to be offering him charity instead of rightful payment.
  • However, of course you value the memory of the deceased so very highly; and he certainly was the kindest of men; to which fact, by the way, I ascribe, more than to anything else, the success of the abbot in influencing his religious convictions.
  • I will just add, however, that Georges Dandin might have existed exactly as Moliere presented him, and probably does exist now and then, though rarely; and so I will end this scientific examination, which is beginning to look like a newspaper criticism.
  • There were one or two, however, who were very strange-looking creatures, with flushed faces and extraordinary clothes; some were military men; not all were quite young; one or two were middle-aged gentlemen of decidedly disagreeable appearance, men who are avoided in society like the plague, decked out in large gold studs and rings, and magnificently "got up," generally.
  • However, when she married she did not say to herself, "Never mind a mean action if it leads to the end in view," as her brother would certainly have said in such a case; it is quite probable that he may have said it when he expressed his elder-brotherly satisfaction at her decision.
  • I have felt that before dying (and I am dying, however much fatter I may appear to you), I must absolutely make a fool of, at least, one of that class of men which has dogged me all my life, which I hate so cordially, and which is so prominently represented by your much esteemed brother.
  • However, the most astonishing and, if I may so express myself, the most painful, thing in this matter, is that you cannot even understand, young man, that Lizabetha Prokofievna, only stayed with you because you are ill,—if you really are dying—moved by the pity awakened by your plaintive appeal, and that her name, character, and social position place her above all risk of contamination.
  • …cordial smile, "if you really are the sort of man you appear to be, it may be a source of great pleasure to us to make your better acquaintance; but, you see, I am a very busy man, and have to be perpetually sitting here and signing papers, or off to see his excellency, or to my department, or somewhere; so that though I should be glad to see more of people, nice people—you see, I—however, I am sure you are so well brought up that you will see at once, and—but how old are you, prince?"
  • This reasoning, however, seemed to end in a paradox, and lead to the further consideration:—"What matter though it be only disease, an abnormal tension of the brain, if when I recall and analyze the moment, it seems to have been one of harmony and beauty in the highest degree—an instant of deepest sensation, overflowing with unbounded joy and rapture, ecstatic devotion, and completest life?"
  • Warming up, however, she added that the prince was by no means a fool, and never had been; and that as to "place in the world," no one knew what the position of a respectable person in Russia would imply in a few years—whether it would depend on successes in the government service, on the old system, or what.
  • He seemed to have a wonderfully good memory, however, for he told the prince all about the two old ladies, Pavlicheff’s cousins, who had taken care of him, and whom, he declared, he had taken to task for being too severe with the prince as a small sickly boy—the elder sister, at least; the younger had been kind, he recollected.
  • "However, it’s true enough that my father died a month ago, and that here am I returning from Pskoff, a month after, with hardly a boot to my foot.
  • You see, I’m used to smoking a good deal, and now I haven’t had a puff for three hours; however, just as you like."
  • However, although there’s comparative peace at home at present, the storm will break if anything is finally settled tonight."
  • "Well, at first I did; I was restless; I didn’t know however I should manage to support life—you know there are such moments, especially in solitude.
  • However, the prince is not for Nastasia Philipovna now,—perhaps it’s as well."
  • Hardly, however, had the old lady begun about her "highly gratified feelings," and so on, when Nastasia left her, and flounced into a chair by Gania’s side in the corner by the window, and cried: "Where’s your study? and where are the—the lodgers?
  • He is dead, however, and I have taken his place," said the other, much delighted.
  • Seeing, however, that Aglaya was blushing, she added, angrily: "What nonsense you are all talking!
  • ) "However—admit the fact!
  • "However that may be, I have private information which convinces me that Mr. Burdovsky, though doubtless aware of the date of his birth, knew nothing at all about Pavlicheff’s sojourn abroad.
  • However, it’s all the same to us, of course."
  • "However, observe" (she wrote in another of the letters), "that although I couple you with him, yet I have not once asked you whether you love him.
  • (As a rule, however, nothing tragic happens;—his liver becomes a little damaged in the course of time, nothing more serious.
  • However, you’ll see; I shall catch HIM tripping yet, and not he me."
  • "However, it’s not so bad, especially if managed with economy.
  • However, this is not my own idea," she added, blushing dreadfully; and from this moment the colour never left her cheeks to the end of her speech.
  • "However, it’s all the same to me; laugh or not, just as you please.
  • "Your bundle has some importance, however," continued the clerk, when they had laughed their fill (it was observable that the subject of their mirth joined in the laughter when he saw them laughing); "for though I dare say it is not stuffed full of friedrichs d’or and louis d’or—judge from your costume and gaiters—still—if you can add to your possessions such a valuable property as a relation like Mrs. General Epanchin, then your bundle becomes a significant object at once.
  • However this may be, the gay P—brought up the orphan like a prince, provided him with tutors and governesses (pretty, of course!

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