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WELL, PRINCE, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes.

But I warn you, war, if you if you I don’t tell me that this means still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that

Antichrist-I real ly believe he is Antichrist-I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my ‘faithful slave,’ as you call yourself! But how do you do?

I see I have frightened you-sit down and tell me all the news.”

It was in July, 1805, and the speaker was the well-known Anna Pávlovna Schérer, maid of honor and favorite of the Empress Márya Fë dorovna.

With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kurágin, a man of high rank and impor tance, who was the first to arrive at her recep tion.

Anna Pávlovna had had a cough for some days. She was, as she said, suffering from la grippe; grippe being then a new word in St. Petersburg, used only by the elite.

All her invitations without exception, writ ten in French, and delivered by a scarlet-liver ied footman that morning, ran as follows:

“If you have nothing better to do, Count [or Prince], and if the prospect of spending an evening with a poor invalid is not too terrible, I shall be very charmed to see you tonight be tween 7 and 10-Annette Schérer.”

“Heavens! what a virulent attack!” replied the prince, not in the least disconcerted by this reception.

He had just entered, wearing an em broidered court uniform, knee breeches, and shoes, and had stars on his breast and a serene expression on his flat face.

He spoke in that refined French in which our grandfathers not only spoke but thought, and with the gentle, patronizing intonation natural to a man of importance who had grown old in society and at court.

He went up to Anna Pávlovna, kissed her hand, presenting to her his bald, scented, and shining head, and complacently seated himself on the sofa.

AuthorLeo Tolstoy
LanguageEnglish
Pages725
PDF Size 49 MB
CategoryFiction & Novel

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