Natasha was sad and irritable all that time, especially when her mother, her brother, Sonya, or Countess Mary in their efforts to console her tried to excuse Pierre and suggested reasons for his delay in returning.
If you're gonna discuss the Dawkins, I'd best excuse myself.
Mrs. Thompson loves an excuse to eat cake.
My wife thought he should go or Howie should simply kiss his mother's hand, give an excuse of pressing business, and come back east.
Holland drove them out in 1816, and, by giving them thus a valid excuse for aiding the Belgian revolution of 1830, secured them the strong position they have ever since held in Belgium; but they have succeeded in returning to Holland.
He drew the horoscopes of the emperor and Wallenstein, as well as of a host of lesser magnates; but, though keenly alive to the unworthy character of such a trade, he made necessity his excuse for a compromise with superstition.
The only thing to be said in excuse of that gardener would be that he was very angry.
There is no excuse for short play on his part, and his bowls would be better off the green than obstructing the path of subsequent bowls.
You were an excuse for him to do what he did.
He even waved off the excuse of no bathing suits, telling them rentals were available.