"I'm not sure if the best thing wouldn't be to cut the loss. I've been paying out about as much as I want to in differences."
He wished with all his heart that he had never been such a fool as to dabble on the Stock Exchange, but the only thing was to hold on; something decisive might happen any day and the shares would go up; he did not hope now for a profit, but he wanted to make good his loss. It was his only chance of finishing his course at the hospital.
"I mix with all the neighboring landowners, who are cultivating their land on a rational system; they all, with rare exceptions, are doing so at a loss
. Come, tell us how does your land do--does it pay?" said Levin, and at once in Sviazhsky's eyes he detected that fleeting expression of alarm which he had noticed whenever he had tried to penetrate beyond the outer chambers of Sviazhsky's mind.
Nicholas submitted to him, and at one moment prayed to God as he had done on the battlefield at the bridge over the Enns, and then guessed that the card that came first to hand from the crumpled heap under the table would save him, now counted the cords on his coat and took a card with that number and tried staking the total of his losses
on it, then he looked round for aid from the other players, or peered at the now cold face of Dolokhov and tried to read what was passing in his mind.
The underwriter, who had been trying to minimize the amount of impending loss
, regrets his premature pessimism.
Nor can the judicious reader be at a greater loss
on account of Mrs Bridget Blifil, who, he may be assured, conducted herself through the whole season in which grief is to make its appearance on the outside of the body, with the strictest regard to all the rules of custom and decency, suiting the alterations of her countenance to the several alterations of her habit: for as this changed from weeds to black, from black to grey, from grey to white, so did her countenance change from dismal to sorrowful, from sorrowful to sad, and from sad to serious, till the day came in which she was allowed to return to her former serenity.
Captain Bonneville, whose own horses remained safe at their pickets, watched in momentary expectation of an outbreak of warriors, Pierced-nose and Flathead, in furious pursuit of the marauders; but no such thing -- they contented themselves with searching diligently over hill and dale, to glean up such horses as had escaped the hands of the marauders, and then resigned themselves to their loss
with the most exemplary quiescence.
The enemies loss
was uncertain, from the common practice which the Indians have of carrying off their dead in time of battle.
There was less and less of resolution in his manner as his mind gradually reverted to his loss
; at length, dropping into his elbow-chair and grasping its sides so firmly that they creaked again, he said:
We mingled our tears, for the loss
of one was the loss
of the other, and then I made up my mind that it was my duty to break the solemn oath I had sworn to the prince.
Having resolved to do it without loss
of time, as his leave of absence extended only to the following Saturday, and having no feelings of diffidence to make it distressing to himself even at the moment, he set about it in a very orderly manner, with all the observances, which he supposed a regular part of the business.
It was not the loss
of the Lady Jermyn that I could not bear to speak about; it was my own loss
; but the one involved the other.