She paused as if she felt it indecorous to speak of her pregnancy before Pierre, though the gist of the matter lay in that.
He remembered how carefully and at what length everything relating to form and procedure was discussed at those meetings, and how sedulously and promptly all that related to the gist of the business was evaded.
He declares in ze manifessto zat he cannot fiew wiz indifference ze danger vreatening Russia and zat ze safety and dignity of ze Empire as vell as ze sanctity of its alliances…." he spoke this last word with particular emphasis as if in it lay the gist of the matter.
There are no more uses of "gist" in the book.
Show samples from other sources
Just tell me the gist of the matter.
It’s a 300 page report, but the gist of it is that the plan won’t work.