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engage
used in War and Peace

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  • A Frenchman who had just pushed a Russian soldier away was squatting by the fire, engaged in roasting a piece of meat stuck on a ramrod.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (79% in)
  • The young man, flattered, sat down nearer to her with a coquettish smile, and engaged the smiling Julie in a confidential conversation without at all noticing that his involuntary smile had stabbed the heart of Sonya, who blushed and smiled unnaturally.
    Book One — 1805 (36% in)
  • We have engaged an Italian to give her lessons.
    Book One — 1805 (37% in)
  • It was just the moment before a big dinner when the assembled guests, expecting the summons to zakuska, * avoid engaging in any long conversation but think it necessary to move about and talk, in order to show that they are not at all impatient for their food.
    Book One — 1805 (52% in)
  • Pierre was sitting in the drawing-room where Shinshin had engaged him, as a man recently returned from abroad, in a political conversation in which several others joined but which bored Pierre.
    Book One — 1805 (60% in)
  • "Well, that's only till the first engagement."
    Book Two — 1805 (11% in)
  • "The commander in chief is engaged," said Kozlovski, going hurriedly up to the unknown general and blocking his way to the door.
    Book Two — 1805 (14% in)
  • "The commander in chief is engaged," repeated Kozlovski calmly.
    Book Two — 1805 (14% in)
  • Bolkonski, very modestly without once mentioning himself, described the engagement and his reception by the Minister of War.
    Book Two — 1805 (48% in)
  • They talked of peace but did not believe in its possibility; others talked of a battle but also disbelieved in the nearness of an engagement.
    Book Two — 1805 (67% in)
  • Bagration, knowing Bolkonski to be a favorite and trusted adjutant, received him with distinction and special marks of favor, explaining to him that there would probably be an engagement that day or the next, and giving him full liberty to remain with him during the battle or to join the rearguard and have an eye on the order of retreat, "which is also very important."
    Book Two — 1805 (67% in)
  • "However, there will hardly be an engagement today," said Bagration as if to reassure Prince Andrew.
    Book Two — 1805 (67% in)
  • He reined in his horse with the case of a skillful rider and, slightly bending over, disengaged his saber which had caught in his cloak.
    Book Two — 1805 (76% in)
  • The two commanders were much exasperated with one another and, long after the action had begun on the right flank and the French were already advancing, were engaged in discussion with the sole object of offending one another.
    Book Two — 1805 (83% in)
  • From privates to general they were not expecting a battle and were engaged in peaceful occupations, the cavalry feeding the horses and the infantry collecting wood.
    Book Two — 1805 (83% in)
  • Tushin's companion officer had been killed at the beginning of the engagement and within an hour seventeen of the forty men of the guns' crews had been disabled, but the artillerymen were still as merry and lively as ever.
    Book Two — 1805 (90% in)
  • Boris, in the accurate way characteristic of him, was building a little pyramid of chessmen with his delicate white fingers while awaiting Berg's move, and watched his opponent's face, evidently thinking about the game as he always thought only of whatever he was engaged on.
    Book Three — 1805 (40% in)
  • Evidently the affair was over and, though not big, had been a successful engagement.
    Book Three — 1805 (56% in)
  • Wheels creak on their axles as the cogs engage one another and the revolving pulleys whirr with the rapidity of their movement, but a neighboring wheel is as quiet and motionless as though it were prepared to remain so for a hundred years; but the moment comes when the lever catches it and obeying the impulse that wheel begins to creak and joins in the common motion the result and aim of which are beyond its ken.
    Book Three — 1805 (61% in)
  • "Yes, I saw him, and am convinced that he fears nothing so much as a general engagement," repeated Dolgorukov, evidently prizing this general conclusion which he had arrived at from his interview with Napoleon.
    Book Three — 1805 (62% in)
  • 'But, my dear general, I am engaged with rice and cutlets, look after military matters yourself!'
    Book Three — 1805 (63% in)
  • If at first the members of the council thought that Kutuzov was pretending to sleep, the sounds his nose emitted during the reading that followed proved that the commander in chief at that moment was absorbed by a far more serious matter than a desire to show his contempt for the dispositions or anything else—he was engaged in satisfying the irresistible human need for sleep.
    Book Three — 1805 (64% in)
  • But still he did not begin the engagement.
    Book Three — 1805 (77% in)
  • All his wishes were being fulfilled that morning: there was to be a general engagement in which he was taking part, more than that, he was orderly to the bravest general, and still more, he was going with a message to Kutuzov, perhaps even to the sovereign himself.
    Book Three — 1805 (87% in)
  • But Rostov was otherwise engaged; he was shouting "Hurrah!"
    Book Four — 1806 (33% in)
  • The gazettes from which the old prince first heard of the defeat at Austerlitz stated, as usual very briefly and vaguely, that after brilliant engagements the Russians had had to retreat and had made their withdrawal in perfect order.
    Book Four — 1806 (50% in)
  • A trained midwife was engaged for Bogucharovo at his expense, and a priest was paid to teach reading and writing to the children of the peasants and household serfs.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (0% in)
  • Berg had already been engaged a month, and only a week remained before the wedding, but the count had not yet decided in his own mind the question of the dowry, nor spoken to his wife about it.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (42% in)
  • But in the secret depths of her soul the question whether her engagement to Boris was a jest or an important, binding promise tormented her.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (43% in)
  • I ask you to make me happy in a year, but you are free: our engagement shall remain a secret, and should you find that you do not love me, or should you come to love...." said Prince Andrew with an unnatural smile.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (88% in)
  • No betrothal ceremony took place and Natasha's engagement to Bolkonski was not announced; Prince Andrew insisted on that.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (89% in)
  • After their engagement, quite different, intimate, and natural relations sprang up between them.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (89% in)
  • He informed her of his engagement to Natasha Rostova.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (96% in)
  • In 1810 he received letters from his parents, in which they told him of Natasha's engagement to Bolkonski, and that the wedding would be in a year's time because the old prince made difficulties.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (2% in)
  • She clicked her teeth (Karay no longer had her by the throat), leaped with a movement of her hind legs out of the gully, and having disengaged herself from the dogs, with tail tucked in again, went forward.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (30% in)
  • Sonya kissed him full on the lips, and disengaging her little hands pressed them to his cheeks.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (90% in)
  • After Prince Andrews engagement to Natasha, Pierre without any apparent cause suddenly felt it impossible to go on living as before.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (0% in)
  • Firmly convinced as he was of the truths revealed to him by his benefactor, and happy as he had been in perfecting his inner man, to which he had devoted himself with such ardor—all the zest of such a life vanished after the engagement of Andrew and Natasha and the death of Joseph Alexeevich, the news of which reached him almost at the same time.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (0% in)
  • Whatever he tried to be, whatever he engaged in, the evil and falsehood of it repulsed him and blocked every path of activity.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (5% in)
  • He frequented every kind of society, drank much, bought pictures, engaged in building, and above all—read.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (5% in)
  • Moreover, everybody knew vaguely of Natasha's engagement to Prince Andrew, and knew that the Rostovs had lived in the country ever since, and all looked with curiosity at a fiancee who was making one of the best matches in Russia.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (37% in)
  • One can see at once that they're engaged...."
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (37% in)
  • Natasha kept turning to Helene and to her father, as if asking what it all meant, but Helene was engaged in conversation with a general and did not answer her look, and her father's eyes said nothing but what they always said: "Having a good time?
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (47% in)
  • Even if you are engaged, I am sure your fiance would wish you to go into society rather than be bored to death.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (56% in)
  • So she knows I am engaged, and she and her husband Pierre—that good Pierre—have talked and laughed about this.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (56% in)
  • Have you heard she has broken off her engagement without consulting anybody?
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (87% in)
  • It's true this engagement never was much to my liking.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (87% in)
  • Old Prince Bolkonski heard all the rumors current in the town from Mademoiselle Bourienne and had read the note to Princess Mary in which Natasha had broken off her engagement.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (93% in)
  • As soon as he reached Moscow, Prince Andrew had received from his father Natasha's note to Princess Mary breaking off her engagement (Mademoiselle Bourienne had purloined it from Princess Mary and given it to the old prince), and he heard from him the story of Natasha's elopement, with additions.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (93% in)
  • Princess Mary was the same as always, but beneath her sympathy for her brother, Pierre noticed her satisfaction that the engagement had been broken off.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (96% in)
  • Next day the following letter was sent to Napoleon: Monsieur mon frere, Yesterday I learned that, despite the loyalty with which I have kept my engagements with Your Majesty, your troops have crossed the Russian frontier, and I have this moment received from Petersburg a note, in which Count Lauriston informs me, as a reason for this aggression, that Your Majesty has considered yourself to be in a state of war with me from the time Prince Kuragin asked for his passports.
    Book Nine — 1812 (12% in)
  • To clear up this last point for himself, Prince Andrew, utilizing his position and acquaintances, tried to fathom the character of the control of the army and of the men and parties engaged in it, and he deduced for himself the following of the state of affairs.
    Book Nine — 1812 (36% in)
  • Before the beginning of the campaign, Rostov had received a letter from his parents in which they told him briefly of Natasha's illness and the breaking off of her engagement to Prince Andrew (which they explained by Natasha's having rejected him) and again asked Nicholas to retire from the army and return home.
    Book Nine — 1812 (52% in)
  • On receiving this letter, Nicholas did not even make any attempt to get leave of absence or to retire from the army, but wrote to his parents that he was sorry Natasha was ill and her engagement broken off, and that he would do all he could to meet their wishes.
    Book Nine — 1812 (52% in)
  • Some hussars who galloped up disengaged his foot and helped him into the saddle.
    Book Nine — 1812 (64% in)
  • Natasha's illness was so serious that, fortunately for her and for her parents, the consideration of all that had caused the illness, her conduct and the breaking off of her engagement, receded into the background.
    Book Nine — 1812 (66% in)
  • Prince Golitsyn has engaged a master to teach him Russian.
    Book Nine — 1812 (84% in)
  • He could not bear the idea of letting the enemy even reach Smolensk, still less could he contemplate the burning of Moscow, and when our armies did unite he was displeased that Smolensk was abandoned and burned without a general engagement having been fought under its walls.
    Book Ten — 1812 (1% in)
  • Napoleon having cut our armies apart advanced far into the country and missed several chances of forcing an engagement.
    Book Ten — 1812 (2% in)
  • The Tsarevich hinted at treachery and demanded a general engagement.
    Book Ten — 1812 (3% in)
  • Gently disengaging himself, the prince spurred his horse and rode down the avenue at a gallop.
    Book Ten — 1812 (16% in)
  • In reality Lavrushka, having got drunk the day before and left his master dinnerless, had been whipped and sent to the village in quest of chickens, where he engaged in looting till the French took him prisoner.
    Book Ten — 1812 (21% in)
  • Rostov had no idea that the village he was entering was the property of that very Bolkonski who had been engaged to his sister.
    Book Ten — 1812 (36% in)
  • But Kutuzov evidently did not wish to enter that room till he was disengaged.
    Book Ten — 1812 (44% in)
  • For Gallicisms I won't be responsible," she remarked, turning to the author: "I have neither the money nor the time, like Prince Galitsyn, to engage a master to teach me Russian!"
    Book Ten — 1812 (48% in)
  • All the historians describe the affair as follows: The Russian army, they say, in its retreat from Smolensk sought out for itself the best position for a general engagement and found such a position at Borodino.
    Book Ten — 1812 (53% in)
  • And the Russians, not having time to begin a general engagement, withdrew their left wing from the position they had intended to occupy and took up a new position which had not been foreseen and was not fortified.
    Book Ten — 1812 (54% in)
  • We should have attacked Napoleon in the center or on the right, and the engagement would have taken place on the twenty-fifth, in the position we intended and had fortified.
    Book Ten — 1812 (55% in)
  • But as the attack on our left flank took place in the evening after the retreat of our rear guard (that is, immediately after the fight at Gridneva), and as the Russian commanders did not wish, or were not in time, to begin a general engagement then on the evening of the twenty-fourth, the first and chief action of the battle of Borodino was already lost on the twenty-fourth, and obviously led to the loss of the one fought on the twenty-sixth.
    Book Ten — 1812 (55% in)
  • Coming up toward him was a train of carts carrying men who had been wounded in the engagement the day before.
    Book Ten — 1812 (55% in)
  • De Beausset's hands meanwhile were busily engaged arranging the present he had brought from the Empress, on two chairs directly in front of the entrance.
    Book Ten — 1812 (70% in)
  • The doctors were busily engaged with the wounded man the shape of whose head seemed familiar to Prince Andrew: they were lifting him up and trying to quiet him.
    Book Ten — 1812 (96% in)
  • For instance, on the twenty-eighth it is suggested to him to cross to the Kaluga road, but just then an adjutant gallops up from Miloradovich asking whether he is to engage the French or retire.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (5% in)
  • "I was never pleased at Bolkonski's engagement to Natasha," said the countess, "but I always wanted Nicholas to marry the princess, and had a presentiment that it would happen.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (28% in)
  • She realized that if she said a word about his not going to the battle (she knew he enjoyed the thought of the impending engagement) he would say something about men, honor, and the fatherland—something senseless, masculine, and obstinate which there would be no contradicting, and her plans would be spoiled; and so, hoping to arrange to leave before then and take Petya with her as their protector and defender, she did not answer him, but after dinner called the count aside and implored...
    Book Eleven — 1812 (31% in)
  • Petya was in the porch, engaged in giving out weapons to the servants who were to leave Moscow.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (37% in)
  • Though with the intimacy now established between the wounded man and Natasha the thought occurred that should he recover their former engagement would be renewed, no one—least of all Natasha and Prince Andrew—spoke of this: the unsettled question of life and death, which hung not only over Bolkonski but over all Russia, shut out all other considerations.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (92% in)
  • It is natural for us who were not living in those days to imagine that when half Russia had been conquered and the inhabitants were fleeing to distant provinces, and one levy after another was being raised for the defense of the fatherland, all Russians from the greatest to the least were solely engaged in sacrificing themselves, saving their fatherland, or weeping over its downfall.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (15% in)
  • The more closely a man was engaged in the events then taking place in Russia the less did he realize their significance.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (16% in)
  • And as long as my sister Natasha was engaged to her brother it was of course out of the question for me to think of marrying her.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (27% in)
  • And it must needs happen that I should meet her just when Natasha's engagement had been broken off.... and then everything....
    Book Twelve — 1812 (27% in)
  • But with Princess Mary, to whom they were trying to get him engaged, he could never picture anything of future married life.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (34% in)
  • But a few days before they left Moscow, moved and excited by all that was going on, she called Sonya to her and, instead of reproaching and making demands on her, tearfully implored her to sacrifice herself and repay all that the family had done for her by breaking off her engagement with Nicholas.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (42% in)
  • He alone then understood the meaning of the French army's inactivity, he alone continued to assert that the battle of Borodino had been a victory, he alone—who as commander in chief might have been expected to be eager to attack—employed his whole strength to restrain the Russian army from useless engagements.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (8% in)
  • But strange to say, all these measures, efforts, and plans—which were not at all worse than others issued in similar circumstances—did not affect the essence of the matter but, like the hands of a clock detached from the mechanism, swung about in an arbitrary and aimless way without engaging the cogwheels.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (44% in)
  • After the French victory at Borodino there was no general engagement nor any that were at all serious, yet the French army ceased to exist.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (2% in)
  • This state of things is continually becoming worse and makes one fear that unless a prompt remedy is applied the troops will no longer be under control in case of an engagement.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (84% in)
  • But if we see his relation to anything around him, if we see his connection with anything whatever—with a man who speaks to him, a book he reads, the work on which he is engaged, even with the air he breathes or the light that falls on the things about him—we see that each of these circumstances has an influence on him and controls at least some side of his activity.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (93% in)

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