1 Chichikov himself perceived that his device had been a clumsy one, and his pretext weak.
2 Before ten days had passed after his return to Maryino, on the pretext of studying the working of the Sunday schools, he galloped off to the town again, and from there to Nikolskoe.
3 Yes, but between ourselves," said the princess, "that is a pretext.
4 Boris promised to fulfill her wish and was about to begin a conversation with her, when Anna Pavlovna called him away on the pretext that her aunt wished to hear him.
5 The reasons on which the Duc de Bassano based his refusal to deliver them to him would never have led me to suppose that that could serve as a pretext for aggression.
6 If Bennigsen insisted on the position being defended and others still discussed it, the question was no longer important in itself but only as a pretext for disputes and intrigue.
7 They were all waiting for Bennigsen, who on the pretext of inspecting the position was finishing his savory dinner.
8 What for people in their full vigor is an aim was for her evidently merely a pretext.
9 Another pretext would be her snuff, which would seem too dry or too damp or not rubbed fine enough.
10 When she needed to cry, the deceased count would be the pretext.
11 When she wanted to be agitated, Nicholas and his health would be the pretext, and when she felt a need to speak spitefully, the pretext would be Countess Mary.
12 finished her tea and evidently needed a pretext for being angry.
13 Every cure furnished the pretext for a good meal: the Bishop did not interfere.
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14 It was her pleasure and her vanity to drag in these names on every pretext.
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15 The warden had mentioned the circumstance to the cure, and both had paid the colonel a visit, on some pretext or other.
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