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War and Peace
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  • On all sides, new and fresh anecdotes were heard of individual examples of heroism shown by our officers and men at Austerlitz.
  • And so the anecdote ended.
  • After the anecdote the conversation broke up into insignificant small talk about the last and next balls, about theatricals, and who would meet whom, and when and where.
  • At dinner the conversation did not cease for a moment and seemed to consist of the contents of a book of funny anecdotes.
  • Most of the anecdotes, if not relating to the state service, related to people in the service.
  • And as usual when speaking of Pierre, she began to tell anecdotes of his absent-mindedness, some of which had even been invented about him.
  • Magnitski, addressing himself to Speranski, was relating an anecdote, and Speranski was laughing in advance at what Magnitski was going to say.
  • It was an anecdote, then current, to the effect that the Duc d’Enghien had gone secretly to Paris to visit Mademoiselle George; that at her house he came upon Bonaparte, who also enjoyed the famous actress’ favors, and that in his presence Napoleon happened to fall into one of the fainting fits to which he was subject, and was thus at the duc’s mercy.
  • The doctor who attended Pierre and visited him every day, though he considered it his duty as a doctor to pose as a man whose every moment was of value to suffering humanity, would sit for hours with Pierre telling him his favorite anecdotes and his observations on the characters of his patients in general, and especially of the ladies.

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  • Her autobiography is sprinkled with amusing anecdotes.
  • She is good at making a point in an interesting and memorable way with an anecdote.

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