His eyes, looking serenely and steadily at Rostov, seemed to be veiled by something, as if screened by blue spectacles of conventionality.
He had just entered, wearing an embroidered court uniform, knee breeches, and shoes, and had stars on his breast and a serene expression on his flat face.
All their faces were as serene as if all this were happening at home awaiting peaceful encampment, and not within sight of the enemy before an action in which at least half of them would be left on the field.
"We see light again, since his Serenity has been appointed, your excellency," said Timokhin timidly, and continually turning to glance at his colonel.
But when his Serenity took command everything became straight forward.
He sees nothing beyond the pleasure of the moment, nothing troubles him and so he is always cheerful, satisfied, and serene.
Prince Andrew replied that he was not on his Serene Highness’ staff but was himself a new arrival.
Denisov, having given his name, announced that he had to communicate to his Serene Highness a matter of great importance for their country’s welfare.
"Ready, your Serene Highness," replied the general.
Her husband has welcomed his Serene Highness with the cross at the church, and she intends to welcome him in the house….
"I thank your Serene Highness, but I fear I am no longer fit for the staff," replied Prince Andrew with a smile which Kutuzov noticed.
Anyhow his Serene Highness knows you and will receive you graciously.
It is amazing how his Serene Highness could so foresee the intentions of the French!
An adjutant told Pierre of his Serene Highness’ wish, and Pierre went toward Kutuzov’s bench.
And should your Serene Highness require a man who will not spare his skin, please think of me….
Perhaps I may prove useful to your Serene Highness.
Boris evidently said this to Pierre in order to be overheard by his Serene Highness.
Preparing for tomorrow, your Serene Highness—for death—they have put on clean shirts.
All the gentlemen have gone out, and his Serene Highness himself rode past long ago.
"I concluded that if I reported to your Serene Highness you might send me away or say that you knew what I was reporting, but then I shouldn’t lose anything…."
His Serene Highness?
Kutuzov’s adjutant whispered to Prince Andrew that this was the wife of the priest whose home it was, and that she intended to offer his Serene Highness bread and salt.
"Would not your Serene Highness like to come inside?" said the general on duty in a discontented voice, "the plans must be examined and several papers have to be signed."
Well, good-by, my dear fellow; remember that with all my heart I share your sorrow, and that for you I am not a Serene Highness, nor a prince, nor a commander in chief, but a father!
For a long time they continued to look at red Rugay who, his arched back spattered with mud and clanking the ring of his leash, walked along just behind "Uncle’s" horse with the serene air of a conqueror.
He stopped in the village at the priest’s house in front of which stood the commander in chief’s carriage, and he sat down on the bench at the gate awaiting his Serene Highness, as everyone now called Kutuzov.
A short, swarthy lieutenant colonel of hussars with thick mustaches and whiskers rode up to the gate and, glancing at Prince Andrew, inquired whether his Serene Highness was putting up there and whether he would soon be back.
He treated his Serene Highness with a somewhat affected nonchalance intended to show that, as a highly trained military man, he left it to Russians to make an idol of this useless old man, but that he knew whom he was dealing with.
Besides this the general opinion of all who had known him previously was that he had greatly improved during these last five years, having softened and grown more manly, lost his former affectation, pride, and contemptuous irony, and acquired the serenity that comes with years.
"You should take some rest, your Serene Highness," replied Schneider.
Her features were more defined and had a calm, soft, and serene expression.
"Things would have been different if your Serene Highness had not told me that you would not abandon Moscow without another battle; all this would not have happened," he said.
His Serene Highness has passed through Mozhaysk in order to join up with the troops moving toward him and has taken up a strong position where the enemy will not soon attack him.
When Kutuzov came out of the study and with lowered head was crossing the ballroom with his heavy waddling gait, he was arrested by someone’s voice saying: "Your Serene Highness!"
Forty eight guns with ammunition have been sent him from here, and his Serene Highness says he will defend Moscow to the last drop of blood and is even ready to fight in the streets.
Instantly as at a word of command the expression of cheerful serenity on the faces of the French general, officers, and men changed to one of determined concentrated readiness for strife and suffering.
He, the commander in chief, a Serene Highness who everybody said possessed powers such as no man had ever had in Russia, to be placed in this position—made the laughingstock of the whole army!
His adjutant Kaysarov was about to draw back the curtain of the window facing Kutuzov, but the latter moved his hand angrily and Kaysarov understood that his Serene Highness did not wish his face to be seen.
Only Malasha, Andrew’s six-year-old granddaughter whom his Serene Highness had petted and to whom he had given a lump of sugar while drinking his tea, remained on the top of the brick oven in the larger room.
Boris shrugged his shoulders, "his Serene Highness would not have it, or someone persuaded him.
Wolzogen, noticing "the old gentleman’s" agitation, said with a smile: "I have not considered it right to conceal from your Serene Highness what I have seen.
"Early tomorrow I shall go to his Serene Highness," he read ("Sirin Highness," said the tall fellow with a triumphant smile on his lips and a frown on his brow), "to consult with him to act, and to aid the army to exterminate these scoundrels.
Anatole left the box, serene and gay.
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While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
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