I am far from well, beloved, and have lost all my gaiety of disposition, but I send you this letter as a token of my love, devotion, and respect, Oh dear lady of my affections.-- Your humble servant
"It was your humble servant
," said Athos, simply, and bowing.
"This is Count Rostov, squadron commander, and I am your humble servant
The miserly little wretch not only tried to conceal his greedy desire to save his own pockets by securing the allowance of pin-money left to his wife, but absolutely persisted in ignoring the plain fact that his visit to me sprang from the serious pecuniary interest which he and Annabella now had in the life and health of your humble servant
. I made all the necessary jokes about the strength of the vital principle in Lady Malkinshaw, and the broken condition of my own constitution; but he solemnly abstained from understanding one of them.
That pattern might be vastly preferable to absorbing the 10 hours in a concentrated burst, as your humble servant
did, which made the unrelenting earnestness of it all feel stately but also somewhat ponderous.
"Anyone who watches this material, will learn not from your humble servant
," says Putin, "but from true masters." But the martial-arts studio is not the only place where the Prime Minister has been flexing his muscles: Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev sent Russian troops into neighboring Georgia in August, setting off a 10-day war.
But he insisted modestly the DVD's title is nothing more than an "advertising trick" and that people "will be learning not from your humble servant
but from real geniuses" of the martial art.
'We have met the enemy, and it is us.' Esteemed ladies and gentlemen, your humble servant
makes his living from game theory - among other things, very serious games: games of life and death and of existence and annihilation.
To those who simply labelled me a ``stirrer'' I remain,as ever, your humble servant