1 Anna Pavlovna was obviously serving him up as a treat to her guests.
2 And Princess Mary tried, but could not manage, to be cordial to her new guest.
3 "The vicomte knew the duc personally," whispered Anna Pavlovna to one of the guests.
4 Having thanked Anna Pavlovna for her charming soiree, the guests began to take their leave.
5 The general sat down by Count Ilya Rostov, who was next to himself the most important guest.
6 Well now, gentlemen," said Bilibin, "Bolkonski is my guest in this house and in Brunn itself.
7 With so intellectual a guest as she considered Prince Andrew to be, she felt that she had to employ her diplomatic tact.
8 Bekleshev and Theodore Uvarov, who had arrived with him, paused at the doorway to allow him, as the guest of honor, to enter first.
9 Moscow society, from the old women down to the children, received Pierre like a long-expected guest whose place was always ready awaiting him.
10 The guest of honor was an aide-de-camp of Napoleon's, there were also several French officers of the Guard, and a page of Napoleon's, a young lad of an old aristocratic French family.
11 Pierre disturbed the symmetry by moving a chair for himself, and Berg and Vera immediately began their evening party, interrupting each other in their efforts to entertain their guest.
12 Three hundred persons took their seats in the dining room, according to their rank and importance: the more important nearer to the honored guest, as naturally as water flows deepest where the land lies lowest.
13 Next day, the third of March, soon after one o'clock, two hundred and fifty members of the English Club and fifty guests were awaiting the guest of honor and hero of the Austrian campaign, Prince Bagration, to dinner.
14 The committeemen met him at the first door and, expressing their delight at seeing such a highly honored guest, took possession of him as it were, without waiting for his reply, surrounded him, and led him to the drawing room.
15 As a clever maitre d'hotel serves up as a specially choice delicacy a piece of meat that no one who had seen it in the kitchen would have cared to eat, so Anna Pavlovna served up to her guests, first the vicomte and then the abbe, as peculiarly choice morsels.
16 Though the conversation was very incoherent and Vera was angry at the intrusion of the masculine element, both husband and wife felt with satisfaction that, even if only one guest was present, their evening had begun very well and was as like as two peas to every other evening party with its talk, tea, and lighted candles.
17 They received Pierre in their small, new drawing-room, where it was impossible to sit down anywhere without disturbing its symmetry, neatness, and order; so it was quite comprehensible and not strange that Berg, having generously offered to disturb the symmetry of an armchair or of the sofa for his dear guest, but being apparently painfully undecided on the matter himself, eventually left the visitor to settle the question of selection.
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