When Pierre came up the count was gazing straight at him, but with a look the significance of which could not be understood by mortal man.
But how can I, an insignificant mortal, show His omnipotence, His infinity, and all His mercy to one who is blind, or who shuts his eyes that he may not see or understand Him and may not see or understand his own vileness and sinfulness?
A venial, or a mortal, sin?
Now by the fact of Lauriston and Barthelemi having been sent, and by the reports of the guerrillas, Kutuzov was almost sure that the wound was mortal.
The undecided question as to whether the wound inflicted at Borodino was mortal or not had hung over Kutuzov’s head for a whole month.
On the other Kutuzov felt assured with all his being that the terrible blow into which he and all the Russians had put their whole strength must have been mortal.
The French invaders, like an infuriated animal that has in its onslaught received a mortal wound, felt that they were perishing, but could not stop, any more than the Russian army, weaker by one half, could help swerving.
By impetus gained, the French army was still able to roll forward to Moscow, but there, without further effort on the part of the Russians, it had to perish, bleeding from the mortal wound it had received at Borodino.
We must be human, we are all mortal you know!" and the Frenchman with the spot on his cheek ran back to his comrades.