Chapter 4 The highest Petersburg society is essentially one: in it everyone knows everyone else, everyone even visits everyone else.
To sell this forest was absolutely essential; but at present, until he was reconciled with his wife, the subject could not be discussed.
And for the first time the idea clearly presented itself that it was essential to put an end to this false position, and the sooner the better.
But he forgot many other essential matters, the want of which greatly distressed Darya Alexandrovna later on.
My aim is simply to safeguard my reputation, which is essential for the uninterrupted pursuit of my public duties.
This is essential for me, for you, and for our son.
But Vronsky felt that now especially it was essential for him to clear up and define his position if he were to avoid getting into difficulties.
It was essential for him to be with someone to talk to, so as not to be left alone, to kill time.
To my thinking, in your position what’s essential is the formation of a new attitude to one another.
He had noticed often that even in actual praise technique was opposed to essential quality, as though one could paint well something that was bad.
Golenishtchev did not agree with this, and confounded Mihailov by his support of his first idea of the unity of the impression being essential to art.
But he saw that this was essential for her.
In Petersburg there was a moment when a chaperon was absolutely essential for me.
Even to petition the Tsar for legitimization, a divorce is essential.
Yes; but you might find it easier to get into relations, which are after all essential, with anyone prepared to see you.
Darya Alexandrovna regarded staying in the country for the summer as essential for the children, especially for the little girl, who had not succeeded in regaining her strength after the scarlatina, and also as a means of escaping the petty humiliations, the little bills owing to the wood-merchant, the fishmonger, the shoemaker, which made her miserable.
Only one thing was essential: to have money in the bank, without inquiring where it came from, so as to know that one had the wherewithal to buy meat for tomorrow.
He began to look at his picture with all his own full artist vision, and was soon in that mood of conviction of the perfectibility, and so of the significance, of his picture—a conviction essential to the most intense fervor, excluding all other interests—in which alone he could work.
He had a ready appreciation of art, and probably, with a taste for imitating art, he supposed himself to have the real thing essential for an artist, and after hesitating for some time which style of painting to select—religious, historical, realistic, or genre painting—he set to work to paint.
Chapter 7 Stephan Arkadyevitch had gone to Petersburg to perform the most natural and essential official duty—so familiar to everyone in the government service, though incomprehensible to outsiders— that duty, but for which one could hardly be in government service, of reminding the ministry of his existence—and having, for the due performance of this rite, taken all the available cash from home, was gaily and agreeably spending his days at the races and in the summer villas.
Another point: she was not only far from being worldly, but had an unmistakable distaste for worldly society, and at the same time she knew the world, and had all the ways of a woman of the best society, which were absolutely essential to Sergey Ivanovitch’s conception of the woman who was to share his life.
He was saying: "Danger in the races of officers, of cavalry men, is an essential element in the race.
And each doctrine did not simply leave that faith unshaken, each doctrine seemed essential to complete that great miracle, continually manifest upon earth, that made it possible for each man and millions of different sorts of men, wise men and imbeciles, old men and children—all men, peasants, Lvov, Kitty, beggars and kings to understand perfectly the same one thing, and to build up thereby that life of the soul which alone is worth living, and which alone is precious to us.
Without a moment’s thought, Anna sat down to the table with Betsy’s letter, and, without reading it, wrote below: "It’s essential for me to see you.
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The essential feature of the pen is that it writes so consistently.
I carry all the essential tools and materials I need in this toolbox.