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melancholy
used in War and Peace

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Definition
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
  • To please Moscow girls nowadays one has to be melancholy.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (19% in)
  • Between ourselves" (and her face assumed its melancholy expression), "he was mentioned at Her Majesty's and you were pitied...."
    Book One — 1805 (3% in)
  • Pierre wished to make a remark, for the conversation interested him, but Anna Pavlovna, who had him under observation, interrupted: "The Emperor Alexander," said she, with the melancholy which always accompanied any reference of hers to the Imperial family, "has declared that he will leave it to the French people themselves to choose their own form of government; and I believe that once free from the usurper, the whole nation will certainly throw itself into the arms of its rightful...
    Book One — 1805 (14% in)
  • Anna Pavlovna received Pierre with a shade of melancholy, evidently relating to the young man's recent loss by the death of Count Bezukhov (everyone constantly considered it a duty to assure Pierre that he was greatly afflicted by the death of the father he had hardly known), and her melancholy was just like the august melancholy she showed at the mention of her most august Majesty the Empress Marya Fedorovna.
    Book Three — 1805 (4% in)
  • Anna Pavlovna received Pierre with a shade of melancholy, evidently relating to the young man's recent loss by the death of Count Bezukhov (everyone constantly considered it a duty to assure Pierre that he was greatly afflicted by the death of the father he had hardly known), and her melancholy was just like the august melancholy she showed at the mention of her most august Majesty the Empress Marya Fedorovna.
    Book Three — 1805 (4% in)
  • Anna Pavlovna received Pierre with a shade of melancholy, evidently relating to the young man's recent loss by the death of Count Bezukhov (everyone constantly considered it a duty to assure Pierre that he was greatly afflicted by the death of the father he had hardly known), and her melancholy was just like the august melancholy she showed at the mention of her most august Majesty the Empress Marya Fedorovna.
    Book Three — 1805 (4% in)
  • He is very melancholy with Mademoiselle Karagina," said Pierre.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (19% in)
  • This melancholy, which did not prevent her amusing herself, did not hinder the young people who came to her house from passing the time pleasantly.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (22% in)
  • Every visitor who came to the house paid his tribute to the melancholy mood of the hostess, and then amused himself with society gossip, dancing, intellectual games, and bouts rimes, which were in vogue at the Karagins'.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (22% in)
  • Only a few of these young men, among them Boris, entered more deeply into Julie's melancholy, and with these she had prolonged conversations in private on the vanity of all worldly things, and to them she showed her albums filled with mournful sketches, maxims, and verses.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (22% in)
  • Boris sketched two trees in the album and wrote: "Rustic trees, your dark branches shed gloom and melancholy upon me."
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (23% in)
  • Julie said this was charming "There is something so enchanting in the smile of melancholy," she said to Boris, repeating word for word a passage she had copied from a book.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (23% in)
  • * *Poisonous nourishment of a too sensitive soul, Thou, without whom happiness would for me be impossible, Tender melancholy, ah, come to console me, Come to calm the torments of my gloomy retreat, And mingle a secret sweetness With these tears that I feel to be flowing.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (23% in)
  • "You are always charming and melancholy, my dear Julie," she said to the daughter.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (24% in)
  • Julie had long been expecting a proposal from her melancholy adorer and was ready to accept it; but some secret feeling of repulsion for her, for her passionate desire to get married, for her artificiality, and a feeling of horror at renouncing the possibility of real love still restrained Boris.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (24% in)
  • But in Julie's presence, looking at her red face and chin (nearly always powdered), her moist eyes, and her expression of continual readiness to pass at once from melancholy to an unnatural rapture of married bliss, Boris could not utter the decisive words, though in imagination he had long regarded himself as the possessor of those Penza and Nizhegorod estates and had apportioned the use of the income from them.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (24% in)
  • Her melancholy, however, began to turn to irritability, and not long before Boris' departure she formed a definite plan of action.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (25% in)
  • Just as Boris' leave of absence was expiring, Anatole Kuragin made his appearance in Moscow, and of course in the Karagins' drawing room, and Julie, suddenly abandoning her melancholy, became cheerful and very attentive to Kuragin.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (25% in)
  • The idea of being made a fool of and of having thrown away that whole month of arduous melancholy service to Julie, and of seeing all the revenue from the Penza estates which he had already mentally apportioned and put to proper use fall into the hands of another, and especially into the hands of that idiot Anatole, pained Boris.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (25% in)
  • The affianced couple, no longer alluding to trees that shed gloom and melancholy upon them, planned the arrangements of a splendid house in Petersburg, paid calls, and prepared everything for a brilliant wedding.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (26% in)
  • Anna Pavlovna remarked with a melancholy smile that Kutuzov had done nothing but cause the Emperor annoyance.
    Book Ten — 1812 (19% in)
  • Won't you, please, ride on a little farther," said Alpatych with a melancholy smile, "as it is not convenient in the presence of....
    Book Ten — 1812 (37% in)
  • In his fancy he did not clearly picture to himself either the striking of the blow or the death of Napoleon, but with extraordinary vividness and melancholy enjoyment imagined his own destruction and heroic endurance.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (73% in)
  • Talk in general centered round three melancholy facts: the Emperor's lack of news, the loss of Kutuzov, and the death of Helene.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (9% in)
  • I am sending this by Adjutant-General Prince Volkonski, to hear from you the situation of the army and the reasons that have induced you to take this melancholy decision.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (10% in)
  • Toward the end of the evening, however, as the wife's face grew more flushed and animated, the husband's became more and more melancholy and solemn, as though there were but a given amount of animation between them and as the wife's share increased the husband's diminished.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (22% in)
  • These men, carried away by their passions, were but blind tools of the most melancholy law of necessity, but considered themselves heroes and imagined that they were accomplishing a most noble and honorable deed.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (7% in)
  • The melancholy silence that followed was broken by the sounds of the children's voices and laughter from the next room.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (64% in)

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