" From the regimental commander's, Denisov rode straight to the staff with a sincere desire to act on this advice.

In the evening he came back to his dugout in a state such as Rostov had never yet seen him in.

Denisov could not speak and gasped for breath.

When Rostov asked what was the matter, he only uttered some incoherent oaths and threats in a hoarse, feeble voice.

Alarmed at Denisov's condition, Rostov suggested that he should undress, drink some water, and send for the doctor.

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