. The very next day, I asked the lady who kept the books at the hotel whether she knew of any family that could take me to board and give me the benefit of their conversation. She instantly threw up her hands, with several little shrill cries (in their French way, you know), and told me that her dearest friend kept a regular place of that kind.
The price of board struck me as rather high; but I must remember that a quantity of conversation is thrown in.
The second witness, present at the conversation already mentioned, corroborated the first witness in every particular; and added that she had procured the book relating to the arsenic-eating practices of the Styrian peasantry, and their results, at Mrs.
She had begged both the ladies to consider the conversation as strictly private--and there it had ended.
While the conversation
turned on this subject, and was only for a moment interrupted by the arrival of a journal that contained nothing worth reading, we will just step out into the antechamber, where cloaks, mackintoshes, sticks, umbrellas, and shoes, were deposited.
She could not win him, however, to any conversation; he merely answered her question, and read on.
It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the order of the day."
When Boris, who was to be served up to the guests, entered the drawing room, almost all the company had assembled, and the conversation
, guided by Anna Pavlovna, was about our diplomatic relations with Austria and the hope of an alliance with her.
Now his whole soul was full of remorse that he had begun this conversation
with Stepan Arkadyevitch.
As though by some curious instinct which they both shared, they glanced across the table to where Granet had become the centre of a little babble of animated conversation
. Geraldine averted her eyes almost at once, and looked down at her plate.
He was no sooner gone than the great personages, who had taken no notice of him present, began to take much notice of him in his absence; but if the reader hath already excused us from relating the more brilliant part of this conversation
, he will surely be very ready to excuse the repetition of what may be called vulgar abuse; though, perhaps, it may be material to our history to mention an observation of Lady Bellaston, who took her leave in a few minutes after him, and then said to Mrs Fitzpatrick, at her departure, "I am satisfied on the account of my cousin; she can be in no danger from this fellow."
Gourville succeeded so well in animating the poets with the vin de Joigny; the abbe, intelligent as a man who stands in need of his host's money, so enlivened the financiers and the men of the sword, that, amidst the vapors of this joy and the noise of conversation
, inquietudes disappeared completely.