I think he wishes to find an opportunity of speaking to me alone: he has seemed to be on the watch all day; but I have taken care to disappoint him - not that I fear anything he could say, but I have trouble enough without the addition of his insulting consolations, condolences
, or whatever else he might attempt; and, for Milicent's sake, I do not wish to quarrel with him.
And this is said to me by my own sister, who imagines that...that...that she's sympathizing with me!...I don't want these condolences
And his humbug!"
In a few minutes, through all the doors, down all the staircases, by every exit, every one hastened to retire, or rather to fly; for it was a situation where the ordinary condolences
, -- which even the best friends are so eager to offer in great catastrophes, -- were seen to be utterly futile.
The guests, scarcely less disturbed, were equally at a loss; and at length, with a variety of muttered, half-expressed condolences
, and pieces of advice, rose to depart; being at the same time slightly muddled with liquor.
He explained that the Prince asked for permission to call and offer me his condolences
I have been to pay the parents a visit of condolence
, and found them living in the direst poverty and disorder.
I felt that no words of condolence
availed, and I let him lie there quietly.
Kutuzov was a traitor, and Prince Vasili during the visits of condolence
paid to him on the occasion of his daughter's death said of Kutuzov, whom he had formerly praised (it was excusable for him in his grief to forget what he had said), that it was impossible to expect anything else from a blind and depraved old man.
He must have heard of the heavy loss I had sustained: he expressed no sympathy, offered no condolence
: but almost the first words he uttered were,--'How is your mother?' And this was no matter-of-course question, for I never told him that I had a mother: he must have learned the fact from others, if he knew it at all; and, besides, there was sincere goodwill, and even deep, touching, unobtrusive sympathy in the tone and manner of the inquiry.
With these expressions of condolence
, the fat gentleman shook hands with both ladies, and drawing up a chair, inquired how they found themselves.
Clapp's family, who came over from Brompton to pay a visit of condolence
, not a single soul alive ever cared a penny piece about old John Sedley, or remembered the existence of such a person.
Every qualification is raised at times, by the circumstances of the moment, to more than its real value; and she was sometimes worried down by officious condolence
to rate good-breeding as more indispensable to comfort than good-nature.