What exactitude, what minuteness, what knowledge of the locality, what foresight for every eventuality, every possibility even to the smallest detail! No, my dear fellow, no conditions better than our present ones could have been devised.

This combination of Austrian precision with Russian valor--what more could be wished for?" "So the attack is definitely resolved on?" asked Bolkonski.

"And do you know, my dear fellow, it seems to me that Bonaparte has decidedly lost bearings, you know that a letter was received from him today for the Emperor.

" Dolgorukov smiled significantly.

"Is that so? And what did he say?" inquired Bolkonski.

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