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unchanging, continuous, or happening repeatedly
  • All who talked to her, and at each word saw her bright smile and the constant gleam of her white teeth, thought that they were in a specially amiable mood that day.
    Book One — 1805 (5% in)
  • His features were like his sister's, but while in her case everything was lit up by a joyous, self-satisfied, youthful, and constant smile of animation, and by the wonderful classic beauty of her figure, his face on the contrary was dulled by imbecility and a constant expression of sullen self-confidence, while his body was thin and weak.
    Book One — 1805 (9% in)
  • His features were like his sister's, but while in her case everything was lit up by a joyous, self-satisfied, youthful, and constant smile of animation, and by the wonderful classic beauty of her figure, his face on the contrary was dulled by imbecility and a constant expression of sullen self-confidence, while his body was thin and weak.
    Book One — 1805 (9% in)
  • The countess herself and her handsome eldest daughter were in the drawing-room with the visitors who came to congratulate, and who constantly succeeded one another in relays.
    Book One — 1805 (30% in)
  • "There is one thing I constantly pray God to grant, mon cousin," she replied, "and it is that He would be merciful to him and would allow his noble soul peacefully to leave this...."
    Book One — 1805 (65% in)
  • He made an effort to look at the servant who stood constantly at the head of the bed.
    Book One — 1805 (75% in)
  • The enormous study was full of things evidently in constant use.
    Book One — 1805 (80% in)
  • All the officers and men of Denisov's squadron, though they tried to talk of other things and to look in other directions, thought only of what was there on the hilltop, and kept constantly looking at the patches appearing on the skyline, which they knew to be the enemy's troops.
    Book Two — 1805 (34% in)
  • Prince Andrew, being always near the commander in chief, closely following the mass movements and general orders, and constantly studying historical accounts of battles, involuntarily pictured to himself the course of events in the forthcoming action in broad outline.
    Book Two — 1805 (73% in)
  • Schemes and devices for which he never rightly accounted to himself, but which formed the whole interest of his life, were constantly shaping themselves in his mind, arising from the circumstances and persons he met.
    Book Three — 1805 (0% in)
  • He felt as though he were the center of some important and general movement; that something was constantly expected of him, that if he did not do it he would grieve and disappoint many people, but if he did this and that, all would be well; and he did what was demanded of him, but still that happy result always remained in the future.
    Book Three — 1805 (2% 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)
  • In general at Bald Hills the little princess lived in constant fear, and with a sense of antipathy to the old prince which she did not realize because the fear was so much the stronger feeling.
    Book Three — 1805 (17% in)
  • Prince Andrew was on duty that day and in constant attendance on the commander in chief.
    Book Three — 1805 (61% in)
  • How often when considering her character I have told myself that I was to blame for not understanding her, for not understanding that constant composure and complacency and lack of all interests or desires, and the whole secret lies in the terrible truth that she is a depraved woman.
    Book Four — 1806 (44% in)
  • All the plans Pierre had attempted on his estates—and constantly changing from one thing to another had never accomplished—were carried out by Prince Andrew without display and without perceptible difficulty.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (0% in)
  • Are you not weary of that stupid, meaningless, constantly repeated fraud?
    Book Six — 1808-10 (2% in)
  • Could she be constant in her attachments?
    Book Six — 1808-10 (76% in)
  • "I know your sister too little," replied Prince Andrew, with a sarcastic smile under which he wished to hide his embarrassment, "to be able to solve so delicate a question, and then I have noticed that the less attractive a woman is the more constant she is likely to be," he added, and looked up at Pierre who was just approaching them.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (76% in)
  • Natasha shared this as she did all his feelings, which she constantly divined.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (90% in)
  • Yet some fate constantly threw them together.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (84% in)
  • In a sleigh drawn by two gray trotting-horses that were bespattering the dashboard with snow, Anatole and his constant companion Makarin dashed past.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (84% in)
  • Princess Mary was still the same timid, plain maiden getting on in years, uselessly and joylessly passing the best years of her life in fear and constant suffering.
    Book Nine — 1812 (31% in)
  • She did not realize the significance of this war, though Dessalles with whom she constantly conversed was passionately interested in its progress and tried to explain his own conception of it to her, and though the "God's folk" who came to see her reported, in their own way, the rumors current among the people of an invasion by Antichrist, and though Julie (now Princess Drubetskaya), who had resumed correspondence with her, wrote patriotic letters from Moscow.
    Book Ten — 1812 (4% in)
  • Soldiers were passing in a constant stream along the street blocking it completely, so that Alpatych could not pass out and had to wait.
    Book Ten — 1812 (12% in)
  • He visited his "good friend Anna Pavlovna" as well as his daughter's "diplomatic salon," and often in his constant comings and goings between the two camps became confused and said at Helene's what he should have said at Anna Pavlovna's and vice versa.
    Book Ten — 1812 (19% in)
  • She incoherently described the depths of the forest, her feelings, and a talk with a beekeeper she met, and constantly interrupted her story to say: "No, I can't!
    Book Ten — 1812 (69% in)
  • The generals re-formed them, but their numbers constantly decreased.
    Book Ten — 1812 (86% in)
  • But such distractions lasted only a moment, and for eight hours the men had been inactive, without food, in constant fear of death, and their pale and gloomy faces grew ever paler and gloomier.
    Book Ten — 1812 (92% in)
  • Moment by moment the event is imperceptibly shaping itself, and at every moment of this continuous, uninterrupted shaping of events the commander in chief is in the midst of a most complex play of intrigues, worries, contingencies, authorities, projects, counsels, threats, and deceptions and is continually obliged to reply to innumerable questions addressed to him, which constantly conflict with one another.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (4% in)
  • The countess watched the things being packed, was dissatisfied with everything, was constantly in pursuit of Petya who was always running away from her, and was jealous of Natasha with whom he spent all his time.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (27% in)
  • With the object of raising the spirits of the troops and of the people, reviews were constantly held and rewards distributed.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (42% in)
  • From the time he received his commission, and especially since he had joined the active army and taken part in the battle of Vyazma, Petya had been in a constant state of blissful excitement at being grown-up and in a perpetual ecstatic hurry not to miss any chance to do something really heroic.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (33% in)
  • Petya rode beside Denisov, the pulsation of his body constantly increasing.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (59% in)
  • Continued abstention from speech, and constant avoidance of everything that might lead up to the subject—this halting on all sides at the boundary of what they might not mention—brought before their minds with still greater purity and clearness what they were both feeling.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (0% in)
  • For three weeks Natasha remained constantly at her mother's side, sleeping on a lounge chair in her room, making her eat and drink, and talking to her incessantly because the mere sound of her tender, caressing tones soothed her mother.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (4% in)
  • Natasha, leaning on her elbow, the expression of her face constantly changing with the narrative, watched Pierre with an attention that never wandered—evidently herself experiencing all that he described.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (30% in)
  • Ever since that leave of absence had expired, more than a fortnight before, Natasha had been in a constant state of alarm, depression, and irritability.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (58% in)
  • He is constantly alone with his thoughts.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (69% in)
  • "If the animals in front are continually changing and the direction of the whole herd is constantly altered, this is because in order to follow a given direction the animals transfer their will to the animals that have attracted our attention, and to study the movements of the herd we must watch the movements of all the prominent animals moving on all sides of the herd."
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (84% in)
  • If we have a large range of examples, if our observation is constantly directed to seeking the correlation of cause and effect in people's actions, their actions appear to us more under compulsion and less free the more correctly we connect the effects with the causes.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (94% in)

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