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Roxana stood awhile looking mutely down on him while he writhed in shame and went on incoherently babbling self-accusations mixed with pitiful attempts at explanation and palliation of his crime; then she seated herself and took off her hat, and her unkept masses of long brown hair tumbled down about her shoulders.
And now I come to the principal, the only important part of my conduct while belonging to you, which excites my own anxiety, or requires very solicitous explanation.
Vanstone's character which Miss Garth, after many years of intimate experience, had never detected, she accepted the explanation as a matter of course; receiving it all the more readily inasmuch as it might, without impropriety, be communicated in substance to appease the irritated curiosity of the two young ladies.
Chateau-Renaud was at his post; apprised by Beauchamp of the circumstances, he required no explanation from Albert.
He called him into his room (I happened to be looking through a crack in the partition-wall), and had an explanation with him in the way that a gentleman should--noone except myself being a witness of the scene; whereas, in my own case, I had no explanation at all.
Charlotte laughed, and in this manner the serious explanation which, between friends so intimate might have been expected, was avoided.
I must confess that this puerile explanation gave me great pleasure.
He wrote by the same post to Reginald a long letter full of it all, and particularly asking an explanation of what he may have heard from Lady Susan to contradict the late shocking reports.
Morland, thinking it probable, as a secondary consideration in his wish of waiting on their worthy neighbours, that he might have some explanation to give of his father's behaviour, which it must be more pleasant for him to communicate only to Catherine, would not on any account prevent her accompanying him.
Of course, there was no explanation he could give except that he'd gone off with a woman.
Never did a labor - never did an explanation fatigue me, sire; and since the moment is come for me to demand an explanation of my king - "
It seemed to him that he ought to have an explanation with Natasha and tell her that the old times must be forgotten, that in spite of everything.
I must ask you once more if you have any other explanation to give as to your movements last night?
And now to the explanation of my use, or misuse, of the phrase.
I hesitated; I put off coming to an explanation with him, unfortunately, until it was too late.