Emma Watson Pussy
War And Peace
a few seconds. Before
her father, who purposely began talking in a loud voice to
Vronsky, had finished, she was perfectly ready to look at
Vronsky, to speak to him, if necessary, exactly as she spoke to
Princess Marya Borissovna, and more than that, to do so in such a
way that everything to the faintest intonation and smile would
have been approved by her husband, whose unseen presence she
seemed to feel about her at that instant.
She said a few words to him, even smiled serenely at his joke
about the elections, which he called "our parliament." (She had
to smile to show she saw the joke.) But she turned away
immediately to Princess Marya Borissovna, and did not once glance
at him till he got up to go; then she looked at him, but
evidently only because it would be uncivil not to look at a man
when he is saying good-bye.
She was grateful to her father for saying nothing to her about
their meeting Vronsky, but she saw by his special warmth to her
after the visit during their usual walk that he was pleased with
her. She was pleased with herself. She had not expected she
would have had the power, while keeping somewhere in the bottom
of her heart all the memories of her old feeling for Vronsky, not
only to seem but to be perfectly indifferent and composed with
Levin flushed a great deal more than she when she told him she
had met Vronsky at Princess Marya Borissovnas. It was very hard
for her to tell him this, but still harder to go on speaking of
the details of the meeting, as he did not question her, but
simply gazed at her with a frown.
"I am very sorry you werent there," she said. "Not that you
werent in the room...I couldnt have been so natural in your
presence...I am blushing now much more, much, much more," she
said, blushing till the tears came into her eyes. "But that you
couldnt see through a crack."
The truthful eyes told Levin that she was satisfied with herself,
and in spite of her blushing he was quickly reassured and began
questioning her, which was all she wanted. When he had heard
everything, even to the detail that for the first second she
could not help flushing, but that afterwards she was just as
direct and as much at her ease as with any chance acquaintance,
Levin was quite happy again and said he was glad of it, and would
not now behave as stupidly as he had done at the election, but
would try the first time he met Vronsky to be as friendly as
"Its so wretched to feel that theres a man almost an enemy whom
its painful to meet," said Levin. "Im very, very glad."
"Go, please, go then and call on the Bols," Kitty said to her
husband, when he came in to see her at eleven oclock before
going out. "I know you are dining at the club; papa put down
your name. But what are you going to do in the morning?"
"I am only going to Katavasov," answered Levin.
"Why so early?"
"He promised to introduce me to Metrov. I wanted to talk to him
about my work. Hes a distinguished scientific man from
Petersburg," said Levin.
"Yes; wasnt it his article you were praising so? Well, and
after that?" said Kitty.
"I shall go to the court, perhaps, about my sisters business."
"And the concert?" she queried.
"I shant go there all alone."
"No? do go; there are going to be some new things.... That
interested you so. I should certainly go."
"Well, anyway, I shall come home before dinner," he said, looking
at his watch.
"Put on your frock coat, so that you can go straight to call on
"But is it absolutely necessary?"
"Oh, absolutely! He has been to see us. Come, what is it? You
go in, sit down, talk for five minutes of the weather, get up and
"Oh, you wouldnt believe it! Ive got so out of the way of all
this that it makes me feel positively ashamed. Its such a
horrible thing to do! A complete outsider walks in, sits down,
stays on with nothing to do, wastes their time and worries
himself, and walks away!"
"Why, I suppose you used to pay calls before you were married,
"Yes, I did, but I
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