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Leaving the school very young as a brilliant officer, he had at once got into the circle of wealthy Petersburg army men.
The boy was distinguished both by his brilliant ability and by his immense self-esteem.
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.
This was the brilliant charge of the Horse Guards that amazed the French themselves.
He explained it all to me once, but I was never particularly brilliant in such matters and so most of it has escaped me.
Above him an opening in the ceiling at the upper end of a flight of concrete steps revealed a brilliant sunlit scene.
These brilliant ones, these adventurers of the mind, drank.
Louis was at this time endowed with all the natural gifts which make the perfect gentleman; his eye was brilliant, mild, and of a clear azure blue.
Rawdon Crawley's costume de cour on the occasion of her presentation to the Sovereign was of the most elegant and brilliant description.
We were talking about what it is like to spend one's childhood in little towns like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled in vegetation, in the color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests; blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet-iron.