He dismissed them as the idle talk of jealous nobles at court, who'd wanted him to marry one of their daughters instead.
There was talk of independence, but sectional and personal jealousies could not be overcome.
They spoke of personal reminiscences, of amusing scenes they had witnessed during the campaign, and avoided all talk of their present situation.
There hasn't been any talk of marriage between Alex and me.
Thus the aristocratic constitution of Sieys was transformed into an unavowed dictatorship, a public ratification of which the First Consul obtained by a third coup detat from the intimidated and yet reassured electors-reassured by his dazzling but unconvincing offers of peace to the victorious Coalition (which repulsed them), by the rapid disarmament of La Vende, and by the proclamations in which he filled the ears of the infatuated people with the new talk of stability of government, order, justice and moderation.
She was still too agitated by the encounter to be able to talk of the affair calmly.
Thus some writers talk of the Manchu Tatars.
That knowledge he had derived partly from books, and partly from sources which had long been closed: from old Grub Street traditions; from the talk of forgotten poetasters and pamphleteers, who had long been lying in parish vaults; from the recollections of such men as Gilbert Walmesley, who had conversed with the wits of Button, Cibber, who had mutilated the plays of two generations of dramatists, Orrery, who had been admitted to the society of Swift and Savage, who had rendered services of no very honourable kind to Pope.
From all sides were heard the footsteps and talk of the infantry, who were walking, driving past, and settling down all around.
But the story of the duel, confirmed by Pierre's rupture with his wife, was the talk of society.