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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough write in better English the following sentence from Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” ?

    “Then, as happens to people with no strength of character, such a passionate desire came over him for one last taste of the familiar dissipation that he decided to go."

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Default Re: paraphrasing of a sentence

    I'm not a teacher.

    It's hard to fully interpret the text without knowing the context of what is being stated.

    However I'll try nonetheless.

    Subsequently, through the weakness of his character, he felt the urge to return to his old ways.

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    Hi Colloquim,

    Thank you for your exellent paraphrasing. This line from the book War and Peace captures our imagine of those who are in the grip of an addiction: "Then, as happens to people with no strength of character, such a passionate desire came over him for one last taste of the familiar dissipation that he decided to go."

    For years I thought of addicts that way, as those who are weak and lack will power, those with no strength of character.

    Thank you for your kindness.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Default Re: paraphrasing of a sentence

    Which of the characters does this line refer to?

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    Default Re: paraphrasing of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Which of the characters does this line refer to?
    It seems to be Pierre
    (War and Peace – Book One,ch.9)

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    Hi Clark,

    My respected colleagin beascarpetta is in the right.

    Pierre Buzekhov is the central character of this novel and its moral conscience. When he first appears, he is a loud, obnoxious man only interested in himself and the next party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    It seems to be Pierre
    (War and Peace – Book One,ch.9)
    Wow! Bea, I can't find words to express my admiration!
    I have problems with opening the link you specify. Do you remember which scene it is?

    Vil, say something else about the novel. I like your interpretation.

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    Default Re: paraphrasing of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough write in better English the following sentence from Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” ?

    “Then, as happens to people with no strength of character, such a passionate desire came over him for one last taste of the familiar dissipation that he decided to go."

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.
    Hi vil,
    Perhaps I am "nitpicking" but I think that there should be a comma after "dissipation".

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    I've found it. It's Book One, Part 1, Ch.6

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    Before that Pierre had given his word to his friend Andrew that he would never take part in Kuragin's wild parties. But at that moment he felt he wanted so much to go there that he yielded the temptation and decided to go.

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