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War and Peace
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  • For the first time all that pure, spiritual, inward travail through which she had lived appeared on the surface.
  • She caught the unfinished word in its flight and took it straight into her open heart, divining the secret meaning of all Pierre’s mental travail.
  • But owing to the superstition that the fewer the people who know of it the less a woman in travail suffers, everyone tried to pretend not to know; no one spoke of it, but apart from the ordinary staid and respectful good manners habitual in the prince’s household, a common anxiety, a softening of the heart, and a consciousness that something great and mysterious was being accomplished at that moment made itself felt.

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  • Lines formed in his face, and in those lines were the travail of the North, the bite of the frost, all that he had achieved and suffered
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