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He felt that the mare was at her very last reserve of strength; not her neck and shoulders merely were wet, but the sweat was standing in drops on her mane, her head, her sharp ears, and her breath came in short, sharp gasps.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V1), PART 2: Chapter 25   Context
He felt as he swung his scythe that he was at the very end of his strength, and was making up his mind to ask Tit to stop.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V1), PART 3: Chapter 4   Context
Levin followed him, trying not to get left behind, and he found it harder and harder: the moment came when he felt he had no strength left, but at that very moment Tit stopped and whetted the scythes.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V1), PART 3: Chapter 4   Context
Nikolay said that he had come now to take this money and, what was more important, to stay a while in the old nest, to get in touch with the earth, so as to renew his strength like the heroes of old for the work that lay before him.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V1), PART 3: Chapter 31   Context
Darkness had fallen upon everything for him; but just because of this darkness he felt that the one guiding clue in the darkness was his work, and he clutched it and clung to it with all his strength.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V1), PART 3: Chapter 32   Context
Princess Myakaya could never see why it had that effect, but she knew it had, and took advantage of it.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V1), PART 2: Chapter 6   Context
Left alone, Alexey Alexandrovitch recognized that he had not the strength to keep up the line of firmness and composure any longer.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V2), PART 5: Chapter 21   Context
On the table lay a piece of stick which they had broken together that morning, trying their strength.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V2), PART 6: Chapter 15   Context
If he had anything on his mind at that moment, it was only the doubt whether they would start anything in the Kolpensky marsh, whether Laska would show to advantage in comparison with Krak, and whether he would shoot well that day himself.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V2), PART 6: Chapter 8   Context
Just as his bodily strength was still unaffected, in spite of the bees, so too was the spiritual strength that he had just become aware of.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V3), PART 8: Chapter 14   Context
Twenty years ago we should have been silent, but now we have heard the voice of the Russian people, which is ready to rise as one man and ready to sacrifice itself for its oppressed brethren; that is a great step and a proof of strength.
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina(V3), PART 8: Chapter 16   Context
He considered his friend a model of perfection because Prince Andrew possessed in the highest degree just the very qualities Pierre lacked, and which might be best described as strength of will.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V1), BOOK 1: CHAPTER VIII   Context
He mustered his last remaining strength, took hold of his left hand with his right, and reached the bushes.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V1), BOOK 2: CHAPTER XIX   Context
He wished to take a decision, but felt with dismay that in this matter he lacked that strength of will which he had known in himself and really possessed.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V1), BOOK 3: CHAPTER II   Context
Every general and every soldier was conscious of his own insignificance, aware of being but a drop in that ocean of men, and yet at the same time was conscious of his strength as a part of that enormous whole.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V1), BOOK 3: CHAPTER VIII   Context
You know, of course, that His Imperial Highness rode with our regiment all the time, so that we had every comfort and every advantage.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V1), BOOK 3: CHAPTER VII   Context
He sucked and swallowed the cold snow, his lips quivered but his eyes, still smiling, glittered with effort and exasperation as he mustered his remaining strength.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V2), BOOK 4: CHAPTER V   Context
Only now, on his visit to Bald Hills, did Pierre fully realize the strength and charm of his friendship with Prince Andrew.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V2), BOOK 5: CHAPTER XIV   Context
The Pavlograd regiment, belonging to that part of the army which had served in the 1805 campaign, had been recruiting up to strength in Russia, and arrived too late to take part in the first actions of the campaign.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V2), BOOK 5: CHAPTER XV   Context
The smell was so strong there that Rostov held his nose and had to pause and collect his strength before he could go on.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V2), BOOK 5: CHAPTER XVII   Context
I knew that if I once let myself see her I should not have strength to go on refusing what she wanted.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V2), BOOK 6: CHAPTER VIII   Context
Perhaps at another time Denisov would not have left the regiment for so slight a wound, but now he took advantage of it to excuse himself from appearing at the staff and went into hospital.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V2), BOOK 5: CHAPTER XVI   Context
When the old man began to speak too loud, Speranski smiled and said he could not judge of the advantage or disadvantage of what pleased the sovereign.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V2), BOOK 6: CHAPTER V   Context
Karay, with all the strength age had left him, stretched himself to the utmost and, watching the wolf, galloped heavily aside to intercept it.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V3), BOOK 7: CHAPTER V   Context
When they prayed for those who love us, she prayed for the members of her own family, her father and mother and Sonya, realizing for the first time how wrongly she had acted toward them, and feeling all the strength of her love for them.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V3), BOOK 9: CHAPTER XVIII   Context
Preserve his army, put a bow of brass in the hands of those who have armed themselves in Thy Name, and gird their loins with strength for the fight.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V3), BOOK 9: CHAPTER XVIII   Context
The thought that her best days, which she would have employed in loving him, were being vainly wasted, with no advantage to anyone, tormented her incessantly.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V3), BOOK 7: CHAPTER XIII   Context
Sventsyani was remembered by the hussars only as the drunken camp, a name the whole army gave to their encampment there, and because many complaints were made against the troops, who, taking advantage of the order to collect provisions, took also horses, carriages, and carpets from the Polish proprietors.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V3), BOOK 9: CHAPTER XII   Context
Involuntarily listening now to the firing, which had drawn nearer and was increasing in strength, Alpatych hurried to his inn.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 10: CHAPTER IV   Context
His plan seemed decidedly a good one, especially from the strength of conviction with which he spoke.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 10: CHAPTER XV   Context
Evidently the terrible stormcloud he had desired with the whole strength of his soul but which yet aroused involuntary horror in him was drawing near.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 10: CHAPTER XVIII   Context
This day the horrible appearance of the battlefield overcame that strength of mind which he thought constituted his merit and his greatness.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 10: CHAPTER XXXVIII   Context
The people awaited the enemy unconcernedly, did not riot or become excited or tear anyone to pieces, but faced its fate, feeling within it the strength to find what it should do at that most difficult moment.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 11: CHAPTER V   Context
Here and there a couple of bees, by force of habit and custom cleaning out the brood cells, with efforts beyond their strength laboriously drag away a dead bee or bumblebee without knowing why they do it.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 11: CHAPTER XX   Context
At times his brain suddenly began to work with a vigor, clearness, and depth it had never reached when he was in health, but suddenly in the midst of its work it would turn to some unexpected idea and he had not the strength to turn it back again.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 11: CHAPTER XXXII   Context
Prince Andrew collected all his strength in an effort to recover his senses, he moved a little, and suddenly there was a ringing in his ears, a dimness in his eyes, and like a man plunged into water he lost consciousness.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 11: CHAPTER XXXII   Context
Pierre was in such a transport of rage that he remembered nothing and his strength increased tenfold.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 11: CHAPTER XXXIV   Context
It is very difficult for events to be reflected in their real strength and completeness amid the conditions of court life and far from the scene of action.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 12: CHAPTER II   Context
His physical strength and agility during the first days of his imprisonment were such that he seemed not to know what fatigue and sickness meant.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 12: CHAPTER XIII   Context
But the very difficulties and preoccupations of the journey, which she took so actively in hand, saved her for a while from her grief and gave her strength.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 12: CHAPTER XIV   Context
At the very beginning of the war our armies were divided, and our sole aim was to unite them, though uniting the armies was no advantage if we meant to retire and lure the enemy into the depths of the country.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V4), BOOK 10: CHAPTER I   Context
But his strength soon began to fail him, and looking about him, conscious of having said much that was amiss, he again got into his caleche and drove back in silence.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 13: CHAPTER V   Context
The Russian army, only half the strength of the French, does not make a single attempt to attack for a whole month.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 13: CHAPTER VIII   Context
He employed all his ability and strength to do the best he could for himself and his army, as he had done previously and as he did subsequently in 1813.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 13: CHAPTER VIII   Context
He no longer seemed stout, though he still had the appearance of solidity and strength hereditary in his family.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 13: CHAPTER XI   Context
And this not only stayed with him during the whole of his imprisonment, but even grew in strength as the hardships of his position increased.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 13: CHAPTER XII   Context
Like an experienced sportsman he knew that the beast was wounded, and wounded as only the whole strength of Russia could have wounded it, but whether it was mortally wounded or not was still an undecided question.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 13: CHAPTER XVII   Context
On the other Kutuzov felt assured with all his being that the terrible blow into which he and all the Russians had put their whole strength must have been mortal.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 13: CHAPTER XVII   Context
All historians agree that the external activity of states and nations in their conflicts with one another is expressed in wars, and that as a direct result of greater or less success in war the political strength of states and nations increases or decreases.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 14: CHAPTER I   Context
In proportion to the defeat of the Austrian army Austria loses its rights, and the rights and the strength of France increase.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 14: CHAPTER I   Context
This contradiction arises from the fact that military science assumes the strength of an army to be identical with its numbers.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 14: CHAPTER II   Context
The tactical rule that an army should act in masses when attacking, and in smaller groups in retreat, unconsciously confirms the truth that the strength of an army depends on its spirit.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 14: CHAPTER II   Context
The voices grew in harmonious triumphant strength, and Petya listened to their surpassing beauty in awe and joy.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 14: CHAPTER X   Context
Only now did Pierre realize the full strength of life in man and the saving power he has of transferring his attention from one thing to another, which is like the safety valve of a boiler that allows superfluous steam to blow off when the pressure exceeds a certain limit.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 14: CHAPTER XII   Context
Secondly it was attained by the guerrilla warfare which was destroying the French, and thirdly by the fact that a large Russian army was following the French, ready to use its strength in case their movement stopped.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 14: CHAPTER XIX   Context
Princess Mary asked the countess to let Natasha go with her to Moscow, and both parents gladly accepted this offer, for they saw their daughter losing strength every day and thought that a change of scene and the advice of Moscow doctors would be good for her.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 15: CHAPTER I   Context
Natasha put one knee on the armchair, stooped over her mother, embraced her, and with unexpected strength raised her, turned her face toward herself, and clung to her.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 15: CHAPTER II   Context
Unconsciously she immediately invented a reason for going down, and then, testing her strength, ran upstairs again, observing the result.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 15: CHAPTER III   Context
The source of that extraordinary power of penetrating the meaning of the events then occuring lay in the national feeling which he possessed in full purity and strength.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 15: CHAPTER V   Context
This was because all who began to grow depressed or who lost strength were sifted out of the army day by day.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 15: CHAPTER VIII   Context
Their ships had been burned, there was no salvation save in collective flight, and on that the whole strength of the French was concentrated.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 15: CHAPTER X   Context
With this object his staff was gradually reconstructed and its real strength removed and transferred to the Emperor.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 15: CHAPTER XI   Context
The more the plundering by the French continued, the more both the wealth of Moscow and the strength of its plunderers was destroyed.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 15: CHAPTER XIV   Context
That flank march might not only have failed to give any advantage to the Russian army, but might in other circumstances have led to its destruction.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 13: CHAPTER I   Context
The Cossack officers wished to take advantage of this chance to capture some horses, but one of the superior officers, who was acquainted with the higher authorities, reported the incident to a general on the staff.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V5), BOOK 13: CHAPTER III   Context
As if measuring themselves and preparing for the coming movement, the western forces push toward the east several times in 1805, 1806, 1807, and 1809, gaining strength and growing.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V6), BOOK 16: CHAPTER III   Context
The strength of the justification of the man who stands at the head of the movement grows with the increased size of the group.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V6), BOOK 16: CHAPTER III   Context
Wealth and poverty, fame and obscurity, power and subordination, strength and weakness, health and disease, culture and ignorance, work and leisure, repletion and hunger, virtue and vice, are only greater or lesser degrees of freedom.
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace(V6), BOOK 17: CHAPTER VIII   Context
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