The idea of failure in our bold enterprise was the least painful of my anxieties; but the thought of seeing our project
discovered before leaving the Nautilus, of being brought before Captain Nemo, irritated, or (what was worse) saddened, at my desertion, made my heart beat.
Like Peter the second, too, his projects
had almost invariably failed, and, but for the magnificent success of the final one, would have left him with hardly a coat and pair of breeches to his gaunt and grizzled person.
On his part, he willingly gave the most accurate information touching his project
consisted in a proposal to occupy the Kremlin with the whole army; to arm and fortify it scientifically, to kill as many horses as could be got, and salt their flesh, and spend the winter there; and in spring to fight their way out.
Is it likely, if I have any project
in hand that I ought to keep secret from you, I should tell you about it?
He is Minister of War, a man trusted by the Emperor, and I need not concern myself about his personal qualities: he has been commissioned to consider my project
, so he alone can get it adopted," thought Prince Andrew as he waited among a number of important and unimportant people in Count Arakcheev's waiting room.
But the opportunity of carrying out this project
has proved to be one of the lost opportunities of my life.
, the result of long elaboration, is the object of my present communication.
With cargo-mules the case is rather different, for the loads project
so far, that the animals, occasionally running against each other, or against a point of rock, lose their balance, and are thrown down the precipices.
He is coming to see me soon, and then I will make the proposal to him, having first enlightened him upon my circumstances sufficiently to excuse the project
The only inconvenience is, that none of these projects
are yet brought to perfection; and in the mean time, the whole country lies miserably waste, the houses in ruins, and the people without food or clothes.
Young men are fitter to invent, than to judge; fitter for execution, than for counsel; and fitter for new projects
, than for settled business.