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  • The weather had cleared again since noon and the sun was descending brightly upon the Danube and the dark hills around it.
  • Now his forehead would pucker into deep folds and his eyebrows were lifted, then his eyebrows would descend and deep wrinkles would crease his cheeks.
  • Crossing a road they descended a steep incline and saw several men lying on the ground; they also met a crowd of soldiers some of whom were unwounded.
  • The head of the column had already descended into the hollow.
  • Her lip descended.
  • Having galloped safely through the French, he reached a field behind the copse across which our men, regardless of orders, were running and descending the valley.
  • After an hour’s delay they at last moved on, descending the hill.
  • The fog that was dispersing on the hill lay still more densely below, where they were descending.
  • Nothing was visible in the valley to the left into which our troops had descended and from whence came the sounds of firing.
  • Having descended the hill at a trot, he no longer saw either our own or the enemy’s fires, but heard the shouting of the French more loudly and distinctly.
  • "All right, all right!" he said to Prince Andrew, and turned to a general who, watch in hand, was saying it was time they started as all the left-flank columns had already descended.
  • But the columns advanced for a long time, always in the same fog, descending and ascending hills, avoiding gardens and enclosures, going over new and unknown ground, and nowhere encountering the enemy.
  • Part of the Russian force had already descended into the valley toward the ponds and lakes and part were leaving these Pratzen Heights which he intended to attack and regarded as the key to the position.
  • Please impress upon Leppich to be very careful where he descends for the first time, that he may not make a mistake and fall into the enemy’s hands.
  • The misty sky still seemed to descend evenly and imperceptibly toward the earth, the air was still, warm, and silent.
  • The rain was descending in torrents, and Rostov, with a young officer named Ilyin, his protege, was sitting in a hastily constructed shelter.
  • The night was dark and damp, a scarcely perceptible moisture was descending from above.
  • Everyone in the reception room rushed forward and descended the staircase.
  • As soon as the Uhlans descended the hill, the hussars were ordered up the hill to support the battery.
  • "They’ve brought us all to ruin…. the brigands!" he repeated, and descended the porch steps.
  • The cavalry regiment, as it descended the hill with its singers, surrounded Pierre’s carriage and blocked the road.
  • The road was clear again; Pierre descended the hill and drove on.
  • He descended the knoll and began walking up and down before it.
  • As soon as they had descended into that hollow, the smoke of the guns and musketry on the fleches grew so dense that it covered the whole approach on that side of it.
  • As soon as Tushin with his guns, continually driving round or coming upon wounded men, was out of range of fire and had descended into the dip, he was met by some of the staff, among them the staff officer and Zherkov, who had been twice sent to Tushin’s battery but had never reached it.
  • Having descended the hill the general after whom Pierre was galloping turned sharply to the left, and Pierre, losing sight of him, galloped in among some ranks of infantry marching ahead of him.
  • The troops of the center, the reserves, and Bagration’s right flank had not yet moved, but on the left flank the columns of infantry, cavalry, and artillery, which were to be the first to descend the heights to attack the French right flank and drive it into the Bohemian mountains according to plan, were already up and astir.
  • From Gorki, Bennigsen descended the highroad to the bridge which, when they had looked at it from the hill, the officer had pointed out as being the center of our position and where rows of fragrant new-mown hay lay by the riverside.
  • At times a sort of mist descended, and then suddenly heavy slanting rain came down.
  • The approaching riders having descended a decline were no longer visible, but they reappeared a few minutes later.
  • Slipping onto their haunches and sliding, the horses descended with their riders into the ravine.
  • But my clemency is always ready to descend upon the vanquished.
  • From the carriages emerged men wearing uniforms, stars, and ribbons, while ladies in satin and ermine cautiously descended the carriage steps which were let down for them with a clatter, and then walked hurriedly and noiselessly over the baize at the entrance.
  • He closed his eyes, and immediately a sound of cannonading, of musketry and the rattling of carriage wheels seemed to fill his ears, and now again drawn out in a thin line the musketeers were descending the hill, the French were firing, and he felt his heart palpitating as he rode forward beside Schmidt with the bullets merrily whistling all around, and he experienced tenfold the joy of living, as he had not done since childhood.
  • When they had descended to the bridge Petya and Dolokhov rode past the sentinel, who without saying a word paced morosely up and down it, then they descended into the hollow where the Cossacks awaited them.
  • When they had descended to the bridge Petya and Dolokhov rode past the sentinel, who without saying a word paced morosely up and down it, then they descended into the hollow where the Cossacks awaited them.
  • Having put on French greatcoats and shakos, Petya and Dolokhov rode to the clearing from which Denisov had reconnoitered the French camp, and emerging from the forest in pitch darkness they descended into the hollow.
  • If men descended from the apes at an unknown period of time, that is as comprehensible as that they were made from a handful of earth at a certain period of time (in the first case the unknown quantity is the time, in the second case it is the origin); and the question of how man’s consciousness of freedom is to be reconciled with the law of necessity to which he is subject cannot be solved by comparative physiology and zoology, for in a frog, a rabbit, or an ape, we can observe only…
  • ) He would transfer a question to metaphysical heights, pass on to definitions of space, time, and thought, and, having deduced the refutation he needed, would again descend to the level of the original discussion.
  • From the back porch came the sound of feet descending the steps, the bottom step upon which snow had fallen gave a ringing creak and he heard the voice of an old maidservant saying, "Straight, straight, along the path, Miss.

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  • We saw the rocket descend.
  • The path descends to the bottom of the mountain.

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