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  • The officer flourished his arm and hastily rode away.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Gee up, my darlings!" shouted Nicholas, pulling the reins to one side and flourishing the whip.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Vivarika! Vif-seruvaru! Sedyablyaka!" repeated the soldier, flourishing his arm and really catching the tune.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He signed with a flourish and suddenly turning to his son began to laugh.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And flourishing his arm energetically he turned sideways to the officer.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Flourishing his arms in despair the count left the room without replying.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The tall lad was standing in front, flourishing his arm and saying something with a stern look.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Nesvitski, moving his moist lips as he chewed something, and flourishing his arm, called him to enter.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Two soldiers held him while two others were flourishing their switches and striking him regularly on his bare back.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Here is that mob, the dregs of the people," he thought as he gazed at the crowd: "this rabble they have roused by their folly! They want a victim," he thought as he looked at the tall lad flourishing his arm.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And flourishing his whip he rode off at a gallop for the first time during the whole campaign, and left the broken ranks of the soldiers laughing joyfully and shouting "Hurrah!" Kutuzov's words were hardly understood by the troops.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The sleeve of his coat kept slipping down and he always carefully rolled it up again with his left hand, as if it were most important that the sinewy white arm he was flourishing should be bare.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Petya shook himself, jumped up, took a ruble from his pocket and gave it to Likhachev; then he flourished the saber, tested it, and sheathed it.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Oh, my bower new…!" chimed in twenty voices, and the castanet player, in spite of the burden of his equipment, rushed out to the front and, walking backwards before the company, jerked his shoulders and flourished his castanets as if threatening someone.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • This Guardsman would certainly have bowled Rostov and his Bedouin over (Rostov felt himself quite tiny and weak compared to these gigantic men and horses) had it not occurred to Rostov to flourish his whip before the eyes of the Guardsman's horse.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The heavy black horse, sixteen hands high, shied, throwing back its ears; but the pockmarked Guardsman drove his huge spurs in violently, and the horse, flourishing its tail and extending its neck, galloped on yet faster.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Evidently possessed by some idea, he stood over those who were singing, and solemnly and jerkily flourished above their heads his white arm with the sleeve turned up to the elbow, trying unnaturally to spread out his dirty fingers.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Despite his desperate shouts that used to seem so terrible to the soldiers, despite his furious purple countenance distorted out of all likeness to his former self, and the flourishing of his saber, the soldiers all continued to run, talking, firing into the air, and disobeying orders.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The imposing figure of Nesvitski followed by his Cossack, and the determination of Denisov who flourished his sword and shouted frantically, had such an effect that they managed to squeeze through to the farther side of the bridge and stopped the infantry.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • A drummer, their leader, turned round facing the singers, and flourishing his arm, began a long-drawn-out soldiers' song, commencing with the words: "Morning dawned, the sun was rising," and concluding: "On then, brothers, on to glory, led by Father Kamenski."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Smiling unnaturally and muttering to himself, he first sat down on the sofa in an attitude of despair, then rose, went to the door of the reception room and peeped through the crack, returned flourishing his arms, and took up a book.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I'll hack you with my saber!" he shouted, actually drawing his saber from its scabbard and flourishing it.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Only do let me into the very… into the chief… I don't want a reward… But I want…" Petya clenched his teeth and looked around, throwing back his head and flourishing his arms.  (not reviewed by editor)

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