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¡¡¡¡Who does know?;Crafty men condemn studies; simple men admire them; and wise men use them: for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. Read not to contradict, and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. . ;¡¡¡¡Death will deprive him of all. Try to love souls, you will find them again.;¡¡¡¡"Dear Holy Virgin, beside my stove I have set a cradle with ribbons decked.,¡¡¡¡Discussions and questions of that kind, which are like the question of how to get the greatest gratification from one's dinner, did not then and do not now exist for those for whom the purpose of a dinner is the nourishment it affords; and the purpose of marriage is the family.,Je baisais au vol tes bras frais et ronds.,¡¡¡¡Occasionally, with the ordinary words thus deformed and complicated with words of pure slang, picturesque phrases are formed, in which there can be felt the mixture of the two preceding elements, the direct creation and the metaphor: le cab jaspine, je marronne que la roulotte de Pantin trime dans le sabri, the dog is barking, I suspect that the diligence for Paris is passing through the woods.,;
¡¡¡¡"Oh, yes, yes!" replied the commander in chief. "How is he?...",¡¡¡¡No army, no nation, was responsible for those beings; they spoke Italian and followed the Germans, then spoke French and followed the English. It was by one of these wretches, a Spanish straggler who spoke French, that the Marquis of Fervacques, deceived by his Picard jargon, and taking him for one of our own men, was traitorously slain and robbed on the battle-field itself, in the course of the night which followed the victory of Cerisoles.,¡°I'm still not saying I believe you,¡± he told Lupin. ;¡¡¡¡"No, really, give it up!" said Dolokhov. "I am speaking seriously. It's no joke, this plot you've hatched."!¡¡¡¡The insurgents' sentinel, who was guarding the other end, did not see him.,.
¡¡¡¡In spite of the many pills she swallowed and the drops and powders out of the little bottles and boxes of which Madame Schoss who was fond of such things made a large collection, and in spite of being deprived of the country life to which she was accustomed, youth prevailed. Natasha's grief began to be overlaid by the impressions of daily life, it ceased to press so painfully on her heart, it gradually faded into the past, and she began to recover physically. ,...The lights go off. Andy opens the tube and pulls out a large rolled poster. He lets it uncurl to the floor. A small scrap of paper flutters out, landing at his feet. The poster is the famous Rita Hayworth pin-up -- one hand behind her head, eyes half closed, sulky lips parted. Andy picks up the scrap of paper. It reads: "No charge. Welcome back." Alone in the dark, Andy smiles..¡¡¡¡Pelageya Danilovna Melyukova, a broadly built, energetic woman wearing spectacles, sat in the drawing room in a loose dress, surrounded by her daughters whom she was trying to keep from feeling dull. They were quietly dropping melted wax into snow and looking at the shadows the wax figures would throw on the wall, when they heard the steps and voices of new arrivals in the vestibule.,¡¡¡¡ Matelote:,¡¡¡¡"No, Papa. Forgive me if I have caused you unpleasantness. I understand it all less than you do.",.
¡¡¡¡"No.".Just answer no.¡ ...CHAPTER II ,,¡¡¡¡"And Cosette?"!¡¡¡¡He lifted himself and sat up. A Frenchman who had just pushed a Russian soldier away was squatting by the fire, engaged in roasting a piece of meat stuck on a ramrod. His sleeves were rolled up and his sinewy, hairy, red hands with their short fingers deftly turned the ramrod. His brown morose face with frowning brows was clearly visible by the glow of the charcoal....,,¡¡¡¡"How glad I am you have come. You are tired. Won't you have some tea?" Natasha went up to her. "You have improved in looks and grown more manly," continued the countess, taking her daughter's hand.,D.A....
,¡¡¡¡"The mummers from the count's. I know by the horses," replied some voices. ... ,¡¡¡¡With faith in her beauty, the whole feminine soul expanded within her. She conceived a horror for her merinos, and shame for her plush hat. Her father had never refused her anything.;¡¡¡¡They did not address each other, they did not salute each other, they did not know each other; they saw each other; and like stars of heaven which are separated by millions of leagues, they lived by gazing at each other.,;
¡¡¡¡"Ah, the standards!" said Kutuzov, evidently detaching himself with difficulty from the thoughts that preoccupied him.;¡¡¡¡(2) However we may prolong the period of time between the action we are examining and the judgment upon it, that period will be finite, while time is infinite, and so in this respect too there can never be absolute inevitability.;¡¡¡¡Several hours before the barricade was attacked, he had assumed an attitude which he did not afterwards abandon, with both fists planted on his knees and his head thrust forward as though he were gazing over a precipice....,! This is the inscription:--,¡¡¡¡"Lovely, lovely! Go on, Uncle, go on!" shouted Natasha as soon as he had finished. She jumped up and hugged and kissed him. "Nicholas, Nicholas!" she said, turning to her brother, as if asking him: "What is it moves me so?"...¡¡¡¡And then there was nothing more for the poor. All had vanished..
¡¡¡¡"Why have you taken off your mask?" cried Thenardier in a rage..¡¡¡¡Paulucci, who did not know German, began questioning him in French. Wolzogen came to the assistance of his chief, who spoke French badly, and began translating for him, hardly able to keep pace with Pfuel, who was rapidly demonstrating that not only all that had happened, but all that could happen, had been foreseen in his scheme, and that if there were now any difficulties the whole fault lay in the fact that his plan had not been precisely executed. He kept laughing sarcastically, he demonstrated, and at last contemptuously ceased to demonstrate, like a mathematician who ceases to prove in various ways the accuracy of a problem that has already been proved. Wolzogen took his place and continued to explain his views in French, every now and then turning to Pfuel and saying, "Is it not so, your excellency?" But Pfuel, like a man heated in a fight who strikes those on his own side, shouted angrily at his own supporter, Wolzogen:, ,¡¡¡¡"And I remember their telling me that you had been born under a cabbage," said Natasha, and I remember that I dared not disbelieve it then, but knew that it was not true, and I felt so uncomfortable."...¡¡¡¡"But she doesn't like me," said Natasha.,interpret law, and not to make law, or give law. Else will it be like the authority ,32 INT -- MESS HALL -- MORNING (1947) 32...¡¡¡¡"Give them that corn if there is enough of it. Distribute it all. I give this order in my brother's name; and tell them that what is ours is theirs. We do not grudge them anything. Tell them so.",¡¡¡¡Blind is he who will not see!;¡¡¡¡As he had ceased to intercept Marius' visual ray, Marius could examine this thing, and in the daub, he actually did recognize a battle, a background of smoke, and a man carrying another man. It was the group composed of Pontmercy and Thenardier; the sergeant the rescuer, the colonel rescued.;
Feel bad about it if you want. But you didn't pull the trigger.;¡¡¡¡She is dead. We have not been very happy.,BOOK NINE: 1812,,Je n'ai qu'un Dieu, qu'un roi, qu'un liard, et qu'une botte.";¡¡¡¡If the purpose of dinner is to nourish the body, a man who eats two dinners at once may perhaps get more enjoyment but will not attain his purpose, for his stomach will not digest the two dinners.!The attendance of courts is subject to four bad instruments. First, certain persons that are the sowers of suits; which make the court swell, and the country pine. The second sort is of those that engage courts -in quarrels of jurisdiction, and are not truly anidcuriae, bvXpcaiasitiaiiiae; in puffing a court up beyond her bounds, for their own scraps, and advantage. ..
¡¡¡¡It was already growing dusk when Denisov, Petya, and the esaul rode up to the watchhouse. In the twilight saddled horses could be seen, and Cossacks and hussars who had rigged up rough shelters in the glade and were kindling glowing fires in a hollow of the forest where the French could not see the smoke. In the passage of the small watchhouse a Cossack with sleeves rolled up was chopping some mutton. In the room three officers of Denisov's band were converting a door into a tabletop. Petya took off his wet clothes, gave them to be dried, and at once began helping the officers to fix up the dinner table..¡¡¡¡"Monsieur owes twenty-six sous.";...,¡¡¡¡A few minutes later the footman returned with Dessalles, who brought word from the princess that she would be very glad to see Pierre if he would excuse her want of ceremony and come upstairs to her apartment.,;¡¡¡¡"to eat the bit." As though the informer drew to himself a little of the substance of all and nourished himself on a bit of each one's flesh.!
,¡¡¡¡After the taking of La Haie-Sainte the battle wavered.;¡¡¡¡The only conception that can explain the movement of the locomotive is that of a force commensurate with the movement observed.!,BOOK FIRST.-WATERLOO,¡¡¡¡This strange battle was like a duel between two raging, wounded men, each of whom, still fighting and still resisting, is expending all his blood....
CHAPTER XIII ,¡¡¡¡Balashev took out the packet containing the Emperor's letter and laid it on the table (made of a door with its hinges still hanging on it, laid across two barrels). Davout took the packet and read the inscription.,¡¡¡¡"Liar, indeed! It's the real truth.";¡¡¡¡"What is it?",¡¡¡¡"Just so," said the Cossack..¡¡¡¡In the corner room at the Club, members gathered to read these broadsheets, and some liked the way Karpushka jeered at the French, saying: "They will swell up with Russian cabbage, burst with our buckwheat porridge, and choke themselves with cabbage soup. They are all dwarfs and one peasant woman will toss three of them with a hayfork." Others did not like that tone and said it was stupid and vulgar. It was said that Rostopchin had expelled all Frenchmen and even all foreigners from Moscow, and that there had been some spies and agents of Napoleon among them; but this was told chiefly to introduce Rostopchin's witty remark on that occasion. The foreigners were deported to Nizhni by boat, and Rostopchin had said to them in French: "Rentrez en vousmemes; entrez dans la barque, et n'en faites pas une barque de Charon."* There was talk of all the government offices having been already removed from Moscow, and to this Shinshin's witticism was added- that for that alone Moscow ought to be grateful to Napoleon. It was said that Mamonov's regiment would cost him eight hundred thousand rubles, and that Bezukhov had spent even more on his, but that the best thing about Bezukhov's action was that he himself was going to don a uniform and ride at the head of his regiment without charging anything for the show. !¡¡¡¡Sorrow, it seems, is our common lot, my dear, tender friend Julie.;¡¡¡¡That evening, between issuing one order that the forged Russian paper money prepared for use in Russia should be delivered as quickly as possible and another that a Saxon should be shot, on whom a letter containing information about the orders to the French army had been found, Napoleon also gave instructions that the Polish colonel who had needlessly plunged into the river should be enrolled in the Legion d'honneur of which Napoleon was himself the head.!
,¡¡¡¡"Why shouldn't I marry her?" he asked his daughter. "She'll make a splendid princess!",¡¡¡¡It was before the Thenardier that she recoiled.,¡¡¡¡Pierre met the old count, who seemed nervous and upset. That morning Natasha had told him that she had rejected Bolkonski.!.¡¡¡¡"How is the poor little wounded girl?" he inquired.;¡¡¡¡"Jondrette!" said M. Leblanc, "I thought your name was Fabantou?",¡¡¡¡About the middle of the last century, a chief justice in the Parliament of Paris having a mistress and concealing the fact, for at that period the grand seignors displayed their mistresses, and the bourgeois concealed them, had "a little house" built in the Faubourg Saint-Germain, in the deserted Rue Blomet, which is now called Rue Plumet, not far from the spot which was then designated as Combat des Animaux..
¡¡¡¡It was in front of this Gorbeau house that Jean Valjean halted. Like wild birds, he had chosen this desert place to construct his nest..!¡¡¡¡The forest was dark, not a leaf was moving; there were none of the vague, fresh gleams of summertide.,.¡¡¡¡"If he is an honorable man he should either declare his intentions or cease seeing you; and if you won't do this, I will. I will write to him, and I will tell Papa!" said Sonya resolutely.,¡¡¡¡Napoleon began the war with Russia because he could not resist going to Dresden, could not help having his head turned by the homage he received, could not help donning a Polish uniform and yielding to the stimulating influence of a June morning, and could not refrain from bursts of anger in the presence of Kurakin and then of Balashev.;¡¡¡¡A signal for others?;
¡¡¡¡"There are some like ourselves and some worse," she thought.;¡¡¡¡At a moment when all was quiet before the commencement of a song, a door leading to the stalls on the side nearest the Rostovs' box creaked, and the steps of a belated arrival were heard. "There's Kuragin!" whispered Shinshin. Countess Bezukhova turned smiling to the newcomer, and Natasha, following the direction of that look, saw an exceptionally handsome adjutant approaching their box with a self-assured yet courteous bearing. This was Anatole Kuragin whom she had seen and noticed long ago at the ball in Petersburg. He was now in an adjutant's uniform with one epaulet and a shoulder knot. He moved with a restrained swagger which would have been ridiculous had he not been so good-looking and had his handsome face not worn such an expression of good-humored complacency and gaiety. Though the performance was proceeding, he walked deliberately down the carpeted gangway, his sword and spurs slightly jingling and his handsome perfumed head held high. Having looked at Natasha he approached his sister, laid his well gloved hand on the edge of her box, nodded to her, and leaning forward asked a question, with a motion toward Natasha.!,¡¡¡¡All that day and the next his friends and comrades noticed that Rostov, without being dull or angry, was silent, thoughtful, and preoccupied. He drank reluctantly, tried to remain alone, and kept turning something over in his mind.,¡¡¡¡"Hurrah! Rostov, come quick! I've found it! About two hundred yards away there's a tavern where ours have already gathered. We can at least get dry there, and Mary Hendrikhovna's there.",¡¡¡¡Thenardier warmed his feet.!¡¡¡¡Next day the Emperor arrived in Moscow, and several of the Rostovs' domestic serfs begged permission to go to have a look at him. That morning Petya was a long time dressing and arranging his hair and collar to look like a grown-up man. He frowned before his looking glass, gesticulated, shrugged his shoulders, and finally, without saying a word to anyone, took his cap and left the house by the back door, trying to avoid notice. Petya decided to go straight to where the Emperor was and to explain frankly to some gentleman-in-waiting (he imagined the Emperor to be always surrounded by gentlemen-in-waiting) that he, Count Rostov, in spite of his youth wished to serve his country; that youth could be no hindrance to loyalty, and that he was ready to... While dressing, Petya had prepared many fine things he meant to say to the gentleman-in-waiting.,¡¡¡¡"You don't know?...
CHAPTER XVIII ,¡¡¡¡From Vyazma onwards the French army, which had till then moved in three columns, went on as a single group. The symptoms of disorder that Pierre had noticed at their first halting place after leaving Moscow had now reached the utmost limit.,And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; ,NORTON,¡¡¡¡The other replied with some hesitation, and shivering beneath his fez:--,¡¡¡¡She felt the conflagration starting up once more....,C'mon! We're showin' our tools and grinnin' like fools! Take the damn;¡¡¡¡In an hour, all the costumes were crumpled and disordered. The corked eyebrows and mustaches were smeared over the perspiring, flushed, and merry faces. Pelageya Danilovna began to recognize the mummers, admired their cleverly contrived costumes, and particularly how they suited the young ladies, and she thanked them all for having entertained her so well. The visitors were invited to supper in the drawing room, and the serfs had something served to them in the ballroom.;!
¡¡¡¡"God is in the midst, and each drop tries to expand so as to reflect Him to the greatest extent. And it grows, merges, disappears from the surface, sinks to the depths, and again emerges. There now, Karataev has spread out and disappeared. Do you understand, my child?" said the teacher.,¡¡¡¡Half-past two.;? Leo Tolstoy...BOOK FIFTEEN: 1812 - 13,idem decdxtt. The third is of such as take too high a strain at the first; and are ,CHAPTER XX ,;
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¡¡¡¡Look at her moustaches! She inherited them from her husband.;¡¡¡¡"Can you tell me where No. 7 is?";¡¡¡¡He sought all occasions for learning, and that tearer-down of posters possessed his esteem. He inquired of him:--,¡¡¡¡Sixty cannons and the thirteen squares darted lightning point-blank on the cuirassiers....¡¡¡¡"Come in," said he.;¡¡¡¡"If I were asking you to do something disagreeable now- but I only ask you to return a call. One would think mere politeness required it.... Well, I have asked you, and now I won't interfere any more since you have secrets from your mother.",¡°That's right,¡± said Harry. ,¡¡¡¡Scarcely any impression was left on Pierre's mind by all that happened to him from the time of his rescue till his illness. He remembered only the dull gray weather now rainy and now snowy, internal physical distress, and pains in his feet and side. He remembered a general impression of the misfortunes and sufferings of people and of being worried by the curiosity of officers and generals who questioned him, he also remembered his difficulty in procuring a conveyance and horses, and above all he remembered his incapacity to think and feel all that time. On the day of his rescue he had seen the body of Petya Rostov. That same day he had learned that Prince Andrew, after surviving the battle of Borodino for more than a month had recently died in the Rostovs' house at Yaroslavl, and Denisov who told him this news also mentioned Helene's death, supposing that Pierre had heard of it long before. All this at the time seemed merely strange to Pierre: he felt he could not grasp its significance. Just then he was only anxious to get away as quickly as possible from places where people were killing one another, to some peaceful refuge where he could recover himself, rest, and think over all the strange new facts he had learned; but on reaching Orel he immediately fell ill. When he came to himself after his illness he saw in attendance on him two of his servants, Terenty and Vaska, who had come from Moscow; and also his cousin the eldest princess, who had been living on his estate at Elets and hearing of his rescue and illness had come to look after him.;
¡¡¡¡Again Natasha's body shook with sobs.!¡¡¡¡The man resumed:--!,¡¡¡¡The moon, entering through the four panes of the window, cast its whiteness into the crimson and flaming garret; and to the poetic spirit of Marius, who was dreamy even in the moment of action, it was like a thought of heaven mingled with the misshapen reveries of earth......SECOND EPILOGUE,,!
...right at home. I know some big ol' bull queers who'd love to make your acquaintance...especially that big white mushy butt of yours...,!¡¡¡¡Dolokhov stood at the gate of the ruined house, letting a crowd of disarmed Frenchmen pass by. The French, excited by all that had happened, were talking loudly among themselves, but as they passed Dolokhov who gently switched his boots with his whip and watched them with cold glassy eyes that boded no good, they became silent. On the opposite side stood Dolokhov's Cossack, counting the prisoners and marking off each hundred with a chalk line on the gate.!;¡¡¡¡Bulow had not moved, in fact.,CHAPTER I ,FIRST EPILOGUE: 1813 - 20;
¡¡¡¡As he had not been able to bend down, for fear of betraying himself, he had not cut the bonds of his left leg.,better grace in youth, than in age: such as is a fluent and luxuriant speech; which ,¡¡¡¡It was the man who had just met Cosette.!¡°Don't know¡what you're talking about¡¡± said Pettigrew again, more shrilly than ever. He wiped his face on his sleeve and looked up at Lupin. ¡°You don't believe this ¡ª this madness, Remus ¡ª¡± ,He glances up at the ceiling beam. "Brooks Hatlen was here.".,¡¡¡¡Perhaps Fantine was within that shadow.!? Leo Tolstoy.
¡¡¡¡Oh, I tell you that I am cured!.¡¡¡¡But in that case the question arises whether all the activity of the leaders serves as an expression of the people's will or only some part of it. If the whole activity of the leaders serves as the expression of the people's will, as some historians suppose, then all the details of the court scandals contained in the biographies of a Napoleon or a Catherine serve to express the life of the nation, which is evident nonsense; but if it is only some particular side of the activity of an historical leader which serves to express the people's life, as other so-called "philosophical" historians believe, then to determine which side of the activity of a leader expresses the nation's life, we have first of all to know in what the nation's life consists.,CHAPTER VIII ,¡¡¡¡One day she went quickly upstairs and found herself out of breath. Unconsciously she immediately invented a reason for going down, and then, testing her strength, ran upstairs again, observing the result.;,...¡¡¡¡It was a long time before Pierre could fall asleep that night. He paced up and down his room, now turning his thoughts on a difficult problem and frowning, now suddenly shrugging his shoulders and wincing, and now smiling happily..,¡¡¡¡"If you come out," answered M. Leblanc, "put on this coat. It really is very cold.";
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¡¡¡¡Pierre rose and took his leave. ,¡¡¡¡The old woman attended to the housekeeping and cooking and went to market.,¡°Of course she doesn't,¡± said Hermione sharply, looking up. ¡°Look what happened to Hagrid when Rita found out about his mother. Look at Fudge, jumping to conclusions about her, just because she's part giant. Who needs that sort of prejudice? I'd probably say I had big bones if I knew that's what I'd get for telling the truth.¡± ,53 Of Prcdse ,;¡¡¡¡Why, that is very bad!,¡¡¡¡Rostov had become a bluff, good-natured fellow, whom his Moscow acquaintances would have considered rather bad form, but who was liked and respected by his comrades, subordinates, and superiors, and was well contented with his life. Of late, in 1809, he found in letters from home more frequent complaints from his mother that their affairs were falling into greater and greater disorder, and that it was time for him to come back to gladden and comfort his old parents.!¡¡¡¡"Another romance," said the militia officer. "Really, this general flight has been arranged to get all the old maids married off. Catiche is one and Princess Bolkonskaya another.".
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HEYWOOD;¡¡¡¡On entering the room now he crossed himself, turning toward the front corner of the room, and went up to Dolokhov, holding out a small, black hand.,TOMMY,¡¡¡¡She had all the fears of children and all the fears of nuns combined.,¡¡¡¡Some months before this, at the moment when Fantine had just lost her last modesty, her last shame, and her last joy, she was the shadow of herself; now she was the spectre of herself.,¡¡¡¡Dolokhov stood at the gate of the ruined house, letting a crowd of disarmed Frenchmen pass by. The French, excited by all that had happened, were talking loudly among themselves, but as they passed Dolokhov who gently switched his boots with his whip and watched them with cold glassy eyes that boded no good, they became silent. On the opposite side stood Dolokhov's Cossack, counting the prisoners and marking off each hundred with a chalk line on the gate.,.
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¡¡¡¡Where was he?...,In prison, a man'll do most anything to keep his mind occupied.!¡¡¡¡"Nor a scamp with the air of an old red tail?"!¡¡¡¡It seemed as though two immense adders of steel were to be seen crawling towards the crest of the table-land. It traversed the battle like a prodigy., ,Voici la banlieue!,¡¡¡¡He gazed with some intentness at the English barricades of the two highways,--two large abatis of trees, that on the road to Genappe above La Haie-Sainte, armed with two cannon, the only ones out of all the English artillery which commanded the extremity of the field of battle, and that on the road to Nivelles where gleamed the Dutch bayonets of Chasse's brigade....
,¡¡¡¡"Give it to the peasants, let them have all they need; I give you leave in my brother's name," said she.;¡¡¡¡No doubt was possible; she did not touch it, fled without glancing behind her, took refuge in the house, and immediately closed with shutter, bolt, and bar the door-like window opening on the flight of steps. She inquired of Toussaint:--...La rosee a meme le thym,,¡¡¡¡Before the bayonet had touched Gavroche, the gun slipped from the soldier's grasp, a bullet had struck the municipal guardsman in the centre of the forehead, and he fell over on his back. A second bullet struck the other guard, who had assaulted Courfeyrac in the breast, and laid him low on the pavement.; .¡¡¡¡Since she was gone, he must needs die.!
¡¡¡¡,!,;¡¡¡¡An Although-Because. A composite individuality, signifying revolution and signifying stability, in other terms, strengthening the present by the evident compatibility of the past with the future.,¡¡¡¡When he noticed in Balashev's face the disagreeable impression this reception produced, Davout raised his head and coldly asked what he wanted.,¡¡¡¡"Eh? Nonsense! He sees well enough," said Prince Vasili rapidly, in a deep voice and with a slight cough- the voice and cough with which he was wont to dispose of all difficulties.,would be so," quite forgetting that amid their innumerable conjectures many were to quite the contrary effect.,¡¡¡¡From among all these parties, just at the time Prince Andrew reached the army, another, a ninth party, was being formed and was beginning to raise its voice. This was the party of the elders, reasonable men experienced and capable in state affairs, who, without sharing any of those conflicting opinions, were able to take a detached view of what was going on at the staff at headquarters and to consider means of escape from this muddle, indecision, intricacy, and weakness.;