While waiting in the reception room Pierre with weary eyes watched the various officials, old and young, military and civilian, who were there.
An old gentleman wearing a star and another official, a German wearing a cross round his neck, approached the speaker.
His system, therefore, depended on the weeding out of officials and the establishment of a new order of administrative offices.
Delighted to see the various ministers constantly struggling against the four hundred petty minds of the Elected of the Chamber, with their ten or a dozen ambitious and dishonest leaders, the Civil Service officials hastened to make themselves essential to the warfare by adding their quota of assistance under the form of written action; they created a power of inertia and named it "Report." Let us explain the Report.
At intervals the presidents of the five corps have a cold official
intercourse with each other, but nothing further.
Ho, I say, officials
, obey my orders; or by the word of an honest man, ye shall see what ye were born for."
All the officials
sitting on the further side under the portrait of the Tsar and the eagle, delighted at any distraction, looked round at the door; but the doorkeeper standing at the door at once drove out the intruder, and closed the glass door after him.
It lasted some little time, and was characterized (for silences have their character) by a sort of sadness imparted to it perhaps by the mild and thoughtful manner of the bearded official
. Razumov learned later that he was the chief of a department in the General Secretariat, with a rank in the civil service equivalent to that of a colonel in the army.
When I had ended the officials
took the roll and returned to the Sultan.
But at that moment a gentleman in civilian uniform and an overcoat--a solid- looking official
of about fifty with a decoration on his neck (which delighted Katerina Ivanovna and had its effect on the policeman)-- approached and without a word handed her a green three-rouble note.
The detective passed down the quay, and rapidly made his way to the consul's office, where he was at once admitted to the presence of that official
If another Gunpowder Plot had been discovered half an hour before the lighting of the match, nobody would have been justified in saving the parliament until there had been half a score of boards, half a bushel of minutes, several sacks of official
memoranda, and a family-vault full of ungrammatical correspondence, on the part of the Circumlocution Office.