"DEAR MADAM -- In compliance with your request, I now proceed to communicate to you in writing what (but for the calamity which has so recently befallen you) I should have preferred communicating by word of mouth
. Be pleased to consider this letter as strictly confidential between yourself and me.
For this purpose a capable officer, Bolkhovitinov, was chosen, who was to explain the whole affair by word of mouth
, besides delivering a written report.
Yet they were less changed than they had been when told only by word of mouth
That was so far well, but Vronsky knew that in this dirty business, though his only share in it was undertaking by word of mouth
to be surety for Venovsky, it was absolutely necessary for him to have the two thousand five hundred roubles so as to be able to fling it at the swindler, and have no more words with him.
Giving himself up for slain, he called round him his friends, and made his will by word of mouth
. It was something like a death chant, and at the end of every sentence those around responded in concord.
Elinor had just been congratulating herself, in the midst of her perplexity, that however difficult it might be to express herself properly by letter, it was at least preferable to giving the information by word of mouth
, when her visitor entered, to force her upon this greatest exertion of all.
"Sire, an order is given by a sign, by a gesture, by a glance, as intelligibly, as freely, and as clearly as by word of mouth
. A servant who has nothing but ears is not half a good servant."
Raffles, and I did not know about you, and there was something I longed to tell you about him, something I could not tell you in a minute in the street, or indeed by word of mouth
I can visualize the entire scene--the apelike Grimaldi men huddled in their filthy caves; the huge pterodactyls soaring through the heavy air upon their bat-like wings; the mighty dinosaurs moving their clumsy hulks beneath the dark shadows of preglacial forests--the dragons which we considered myths until science taught us that they were the true recollections of the first man, handed down through countless ages by word of mouth
from father to son out of the unrecorded dawn of humanity."
These gods also made overtures to White Fang, but he warned them off with a snarl, and the master did likewise with word of mouth
. At such times White Fang leaned in close against the master's legs and received reassuring pats on the head.
When I wrote down, at your biding, all that I had told you by word of mouth
, I cannot imagine what delusion possessed me.
These necessary disclosures I have communicated to my husband--not by word of mouth
; when the time came, I shrank from speaking to him personally of his first wife--but by a written statement of the circumstances, taken mainly out of my letters received in Paris from Benjamin and Mr.