Fortunately I had had the advantage of being taught French by a French lady; and as I had always made a point of conversing with Madame Pierrot as often as I could, and had besides, during the last seven years, learnt a portion of French by heart daily--applying myself to take pains with my accent, and imitating as closely as possible the pronunciation of my teacher, I had acquired a certain degree of readiness
and correctness in the language, and was not likely to be much at a loss with Mademoiselle Adela.
Her hard featured face; her masculine readiness
and decision of movement; her obstinate honesty of look and manner, all proclaimed her border birth and border training.
Every living creature there held life as of no account, and was demented with a passionate readiness
to sacrifice it.
My word being passed to myself, there is no longer any apprehension; but I pledge it to you, too, with the greatest readiness
I expressed the readiness
I felt, and we went into the castle.
High features, naturally strong and powerfully expressive, had been burnt almost into Negro blackness by constant exposure to the tropical sun, and might, in their ordinary state, be said to slumber after the storm of passion had passed away; but the projection of the veins of the forehead, the readiness
with which the upper lip and its thick black moustaches quivered upon the slightest emotion, plainly intimated that the tempest might be again and easily awakened.
I believe the readiness
of our return volley had scattered the mutineers once more, for we were suffered without further molestation to get the poor old gamekeeper hoisted over the stockade and carried, groaning and bleeding, into the log-house.
If at this moment the sweet voice of Renee had sounded in his ears pleading for mercy, or the fair Mercedes had entered and said, "In the name of God, I conjure you to restore me my affianced husband," his cold and trembling hands would have signed his release; but no voice broke the stillness of the chamber, and the door was opened only by Villefort's valet, who came to tell him that the travelling carriage was in readiness
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness
to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.
These troops had apparently been going for- ward with caution, their rifles held in readiness
, when the youthful lieutenant had discovered them and their movement had been interrupted by the volley from the blue regiment.
I cannot otherwise than be concerned at being the means of injuring your amiable daughters, and beg leave to apologise for it, as well as to assure you of my readiness
to make them every possible amends-- but of this hereafter.
I was put into the reticule, and carried about, in readiness
for any suitable bargain that might turn up.