One and all, the faces of men and women seemed bereft of vitality, of interest, of thought, and, most of all, of hope.
It seemed like a new misanthropic belief which had fallen on human beings, carrying with it the negation of all hope.
There are two of the English who I suppose are very cultivated too; but it doesn't seem as if I could enter into theirs so easily, though I try all I can.
It seems as if you heard English everywhere; but I certainly didn't expect to find it in a place like this.
But to men who do not admit that Russia was formed by the will of one man, Peter I, or that the French Empire was formed and the war with Russia begun by the will of one man, Napoleon, that argument seems not merely untrue and irrational, but contrary to all human reality.
It only seemed to Napoleon that it all took place by his will.
And if you feel the same about me--as you do, don't you, Mary?--we should make each other happy." Here he paused, and seemed to be in no hurry for an answer; he seemed, indeed, to be continuing his own thoughts.
And as soon as the tone of her voice had died out, and the surprise faded from his mind, he found himself believing that she had spoken the truth, for he had but little vanity, and soon her refusal seemed a natural thing to him.
Every one in the place, except one poor woman, seems
to look upon him as a sort of supernatural being.
The dim suggestion of the laboratory seemed
presently to fall away from me, and I saw the sun hopping swiftly across the sky, leaping it every minute, and every minute marking a day.
Electric lights sparkled from the ceiling, through the pillared way the ceaseless splashing of water from the fountains in the winter garden seemed
like a soft undernote to the murmur of voices, the musical peals of laughter, the swirl of skirts, and the rhythm of flying feet.
4 May--I found that my landlord had got a letter from the Count, directing him to secure the best place on the coach for me; but on making inquiries as to details he seemed
somewhat reticent, and pretended that he could not understand my German.
When the enemy seemed
falling back before him and his fellows, he went instantly forward, like a dog who, seeing his foes lagging, turns and insists upon being pursued.
The duties of her married life, contemplated as so great beforehand, seemed
to be shrinking with the furniture and the white vapor-walled landscape.
These pictures seemed
to offer some meaning to him, but he did not know what the meaning was.