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a duty
  • Now that he was already an officer and a wounded hero, would it be right to remind him of herself and, as it might seem, of the obligations to her he had taken on himself?
    Book Three — 1805 (36% in)
  • "I am glad I was able to do you a service, my dear Anna Mikhaylovna," said Prince Vasili, arranging his lace frill, and in tone and manner, here in Moscow to Anna Mikhaylovna whom he had placed under an obligation, assuming an air of much greater importance than he had done in Petersburg at Anna Scherer's reception.
    Book One — 1805 (44% in)
  • When he read that sentence, Pierre felt for the first time that some link which other people recognized had grown up between himself and Helene, and that thought both alarmed him, as if some obligation were being imposed on him which he could not fulfill, and pleased him as an entertaining supposition.
    Book Three — 1805 (4% in)
  • "This is all very fine, but things must be settled," said Prince Vasili to himself, with a sorrowful sigh, one morning, feeling that Pierre who was under such obligations to him ("But never mind that") was not behaving very well in this matter.
    Book Three — 1805 (8% in)
  • Bilibin wrote that the obligation of diplomatic discretion tormented him, and he was happy to have in Prince Andrew a reliable correspondent to whom he could pour out the bile he had accumulated at the sight of all that was being done in the army.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (36% in)
  • Her letters to him, far from giving her any comfort, seemed to her a wearisome and artificial obligation.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (99% in)
  • She was confirmed in this delusion by the fact that she had become a very wealthy heiress and also by the fact that the older she grew the less dangerous she became to men, and the more freely they could associate with her and avail themselves of her suppers, soirees, and the animated company that assembled at her house, without incurring any obligation.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (21% in)
  • * "Royalty has its obligations."
    Book Nine — 1812 (16% in)
  • In my position I have obligations.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (17% in)
  • ...and "breakers-up," who had first wanted to effect a diversion in Greece and then in Warsaw but never wished to go where he was sent: Chichagov, noted for the boldness with which he spoke to the Emperor, and who considered Kutuzov to be under an obligation to him because when he was sent to make peace with Turkey in 1811 independently of Kutuzov, and found that peace had already been concluded, he admitted to the Emperor that the merit of securing that peace was really Kutuzov's; this...
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (17% in)
  • The princess, who had never liked Pierre and had been particularly hostile to him since she had felt herself under obligations to him after the old count's death, now after staying a short time in Orel—where she had come intending to show Pierre that in spite of his ingratitude she considered it her duty to nurse him—felt to her surprise and vexation that she had become fond of him.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (22% in)
  • To console Pierre for these losses the head steward gave him an estimate showing that despite these losses his income would not be diminished but would even be increased if he refused to pay his wife's debts which he was under no obligation to meet, and did not rebuild his Moscow house and the country house on his Moscow estate, which had cost him eighty thousand rubles a year and brought in nothing.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (24% in)
  • He felt himself not only free from social obligations but also from that feeling which, it seemed to him, he had aroused in himself.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (26% in)
  • But he regarded such a refusal as a slur on his father's memory, which he held sacred, and therefore would not hear of refusing and accepted the inheritance together with the obligation to pay the debts.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (44% in)
  • I have nothing to do with him and I only wanted to see the old lady, who was always kind to me and to whom I am under many obligations.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (47% in)

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