To each of them he made some careless and agreeable remark except to Pierre and Helene, whose presence he seemed not to notice.
What distinguished them from others was the absence of host or hostess and the presence of the good-natured Iogel, flying about like a feather and bowing according to the rules of his art, as he collected the tickets from all his visitors.
O God, grant that in his presence I may rather see my own vileness, and behave so that he too may benefit.
Boris had realized this the week before when the commander-in-chief in his presence invited Rostopchin to dinner on St. Nicholas' Day, and Rostopchin had replied that he could not come:
His presence was overwhelming, and her body reacted with both terror and lust so strong it made her head spin.