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I stated before that I didn't know how he gained his money; neither am I aware of the means he took to raise his mind from the savage ignorance into which it was sunk: but, with your leave, I'll proceed in my own fashion, if you think it will amuse and not weary you.
He had hardly returned from the marquee with the prize in his hand, when it began to be understood that Wiry Ben proposed to amuse the company, before the gentry went to dinner, with an impromptu and gratuitous performance--namely, a hornpipe, the main idea of which was doubtless borrowed; but this was to be developed by the dancer in so peculiar and complex a manner that no one could deny him the praise of originality.
Well, who is; but who has good music, and amuses people on Sunday evenings, when the whole of New York is dying of inanition.
So each consul's family stays at home chiefly and amuses itself as best it can.
And to think it is Cyril Vladimirovich Bezukhov's son who amuses himself in this sensible manner
Of course, so long as it amuses you, you're welcome; but we have to remember that we are going to spend our lives together.
It amuses me," she continued, "to think how strict they were to us, when I see how they spoil their grand-children
The reflection of that smile could not but have a little merriment in it too, even under dark eyelashes still moist, as Dorothea said inquiringly, "Something amuses you?
Unless it amuses you," Wingrave answered, "it really is not worth while.
Whatever interests or amuses her, lengthens her life.
She amuses me, and at my time of life an amusing person is a rarity.
An episode of humour or kindness touches and amuses him here and there--a pretty child looking at a gingerbread stall; a pretty girl blushing whilst her lover talks to her and chooses her fairing; poor Tom Fool, yonder behind the waggon, mumbling his bone with the honest family which lives by his tumbling; but the general impression is one more melancholy than mirthful.