The bird covered her face with her wings, so as not to see the last of them; but she could not help
peeping between the feathers.
I could not help
thinking that Colonel MacAndrew might have some difficulty in doing this, since Strickland had struck me as a hefty fellow, but I did not say anything.
John Ferrier uttered these consoling remarks in a very confident tone, but she could not help
observing that he paid unusual care to the fastening of the doors that night, and that he carefully cleaned and loaded the rusty old shotgun which hung upon the wall of his bedroom.
Though Edmund was much more displeased with his aunt than with his mother, as evincing least regard for her niece, he could not help
paying more attention to what she said; and at length determined on a method of proceeding which would obviate the risk of his father's thinking he had done too much, and at the same time procure for Fanny the immediate means of exercise, which he could not bear she should be without.
At the same time she could not help
feeling rather hurt at the apparent indifference with which she was received.
That same day Athos paid a visit to his friend and found him so thoughtful that he could not help
expressing his surprise.
Though he could not help
seeing how small his attainments were beside the American's, his British pertinacity, his wounded vanity (perhaps they are the same thing), would not allow him to give up the struggle.
Edna could not help
but think that it was very foolish, very childish, to have stamped upon her wedding ring and smashed the crystal vase upon the tiles.
The porter, who had often heard people speak of the immense wealth of Sindbad, could not help
feeling envious of one whose lot seemed to be as happy as his own was miserable.
She leaned against her mother and burst into such a loud, ringing fit of laughter that even the prim visitor could not help
I did not regret it, but I had made my change of front in the public eye, and I felt that it put me at a certain disadvantage with my fellow- citizens; as for the Senator, whose office I had forsaken, I met him now and then in the street, without trying to detain him, and once when he came to the printing-office for his paper we encountered at a point where we could not help
He talked to her as people commonly do talk in society--all sorts of nonsense, but nonsense to which he could not help
attaching a special meaning in her case.