its interior life, a large, dim looking-glass used to hang in one of the rooms, and was fabled to contain within its depths all the shapes that had ever been reflected there,--the old Colonel himself, and his many descendants, some in the garb of antique babyhood, and others in the bloom of feminine beauty or manly prime, or saddened with the wrinkles of frosty age.
With his own ghostly voice he had exhorted me, on the sacred consideration of my filial duty and reverence towards him -- who might reasonably regard
himself as my official ancestor -- to bring his mouldy and moth-eaten lucubrations before the public.
SOCRATES: Then, my friend, we must not regard
what the many say of us: but what he, the one man who has understanding of just and unjust, will say, and what the truth will say.
to civil causes, subtleties almost too contemptible for refutation have been employed to countenance the surmise that a thing which is only not provided for, is entirely abolished.
That we may form a juster estimate with regard
to this interesting subject, let us resort to the actual dimensions of the Union.
to narrow passes, if you can occupy them first, let them be strongly garrisoned and await the advent of the enemy.
During all this time he had never, for one moment, deigned to regard
Gentlemen, let the most profound silence cover all this with an impenetrable veil; we will detain this gentleman, not from mistrust of him with regard
to the crime, but to assure more effectively the secret of the general's absence by keeping among ourselves; therefore, until fresh orders, the gentleman will remain at headquarters.
Besides, there would be another inconvenience attending this proposal, for what is common to many is taken least care of; for all men regard
more what is their own than what others share with them in, to which they pay less attention than is incumbent on every one: let me add also, that every one is more negligent of what another is to see to, as well as himself, than of his own private business; as in a family one is often worse served by many servants than by a few.
to the addresses which I was to make in the North, I recall just one piece of advice which the General gave me.
to military matters, Napoleon immediately on his entry into Moscow gave General Sabastiani strict orders to observe the movements of the Russian army, sent army corps out along the different roads, and charged Murat to find Kutuzov.
When my uncles changed their minds in regard
to colonizing their families at the mills, as they did in about a year, it became necessary for my father to look about for some new employment, and he naturally looked in the old direction.