The tune he was whistling, his gait, and the gesture with which he twirled his mustache, all now seemed offensive.
Voltaire makes an interesting observation on the technical difference between an English and a French sermon in the 18th century; the former, he says, is a solid and somewhat dry dissertation which the preacher reads to the congregation without a gesture and without any inflection of his voice; the latter is a long declamation, scrupulously divided into three points, and recited by heart with enthusiasm.
Balashev knew how to reply to each of Napoleon's remarks, and would have done so; he continually made the gesture of a man wishing to say something, but Napoleon always interrupted him.
Dean waved his arms to stop the car, an unnecessary gesture as his Jeep completely blocked the narrow road.
But in order to begin negotiations, what is demanded of me? he said, frowning and making an energetic gesture of inquiry with his small white plump hand.
It is done in all the brothels, and with these words Marya Dmitrievna, turning up her wide sleeves with her usual threatening gesture and glancing sternly round, moved across the room.
The rider, whose figure seemed familiar to Rostov and involuntarily riveted his attention, made a gesture of refusal with his head and hand and by that gesture Rostov instantly recognized his lamented and adored monarch.
In answer to questions with which he was greeted, the courier made a despairing gesture with his hand and passed through the room.
I spread my arms in a shrug gesture while he sorted his notes some more.
Each made the other a warning gesture and stood still in the dim light beneath the curtain as if not wishing to leave that seclusion where they three were shut off from all the world.