Love is strong as death.

It’s not pleasant, but what’s to be done, my dear fellow? You landed yourself in it.

But even envy, detraction, pity, have their use. It was a time of universal rejoicing, cessation from labour, and merry-making. “That black-spotted one of yours is fine—well shaped!” said he. Knowing that Natásha asked nothing for herself, and gave him commissions for others only when he himself had offered to undertake them, he now found an unexpected and childlike pleasure in this purchase of presents for everyone in the house, and never forgot anything. Ex vita discedo, tanquam ex hospitio, non 15 tanquam ex domo—I depart from life as from an inn, not as from a home.

As Cicero, in his eighth Philippic, speaking of a certain ambassador, says, “he carried with him the Majesty of the Senate, and the authority of the State.” From hence it is concluded, that an ambassador is not bound by the laws of the country, where he resides. Nesvítski and Zherkóv were so surprised by this outburst that they gazed at Bolkónski silently with wide-open eyes. According to Herodotus, the distance between each station was five parasangs, a journey of seven or eight hours; and this we learn from Tavernier is exactly the space which caravans consisting of loaded camels are accustomed to traverse in the course of a day; but those of horses travel much faster. The attack was ordered to commence on all parts of the line at ten o’clock A.M. “You see,” said Berg to his comrade, whom he called “friend” only because he knew that everyone has friends, “you see, I have considered it all, and should not marry if I had not thought it all out or if it were in any way unsuitable.

I could not resolve to depart without going to see my good friend, the Marchioness of Prunai, notwithstanding the difficulty of the roads. Tíkhon knew his master’s habit of sometimes thinking aloud, and therefore met with unaltered looks the angrily inquisitive expression of the face that emerged from the shirt. “Be he what he may” (they always began like that), “he is an honest, practical man and we have nobody better. His cowardice served only to protract his life a few days, and to stamp deserved ignominy on his misfortunes.