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had read on the face of his dead wife: "Ah, why have you done this
Soon after Prince Andrews return the old prince made over to him
a large estate, Bogucharovo, about twenty-five miles from Bald
Hills. Partly because of the depressing memories associated with
Bald Hills, partly because Prince Andrew did not always feel equal
to bearing with his fathers peculiarities, and partly because he
needed solitude, Prince Andrew made use of Bogucharovo, began building
and spent most of his time there.
After the Austerlitz campaign Prince Andrew had firmly resolved
not to continue his military service, and when the war recommenced and
everybody had to serve, he took a post under his father in the
recruitment so as to avoid active service. The old prince and his
son seemed to have changed roles since the campaign of 1805. The old
man, roused by activity, expected the best results from the new
campaign, while Prince Andrew on the contrary, taking no part in the
war and secretly regretting this, saw only the dark side.
On February 26, 1807, the old prince set off on one of his circuits.
Prince Andrew remained at Bald Hills as usual during his fathers
absence. Little Nicholas had been unwell for four days. The coachman
who had driven the old prince to town returned bringing papers and
letters for Prince Andrew.
Not finding the young prince in his study the valet went with the
letters to Princess Marys apartments, but did not find him there.
He was told that the prince had gone to the nursery.
"If you please, your excellency, Petrusha has brought some
papers," said one of the nursemaids to Prince Andrew who was sitting
on a childs little chair while, frowning and with trembling hands, he
poured drops from a medicine bottle into a wineglass half full of
"What is it?" he said crossly, and, his hand shaking
unintentionally, he poured too many drops into the glass. He threw the
mixture onto the floor and asked for some more water. The maid brought
There were in the room a childs cot, two boxes, two armchairs, a
table, a childs table, and the little chair on which Prince Andrew
was sitting. The curtains were drawn, and a single candle was
burning on the table, screened by a bound music book so that the light
did not fall on the cot.
"My dear," said Princess Mary, addressing her brother from beside
the cot where she was standing, "better wait a bit... later..."
"Oh, leave off, you always talk nonsense and keep putting things
off--and this is what comes of it!" said Prince Andrew in an
exasperated whisper, evidently meaning to wound his sister.
"My dear, really... its better not to wake him... hes asleep,"
said the princess in a tone of entreaty.
Prince Andrew got up and went on tiptoe up to the little bed,
wineglass in hand.
"Perhaps wed really better not wake him," he said hesitating.
"As you please... really... I think so... but as you please," said
Princess Mary, evidently intimidated and confused that her opinion had
prevailed. She drew her brothers attention to the maid who was
calling him in a whisper.
It was the second night that neither of them had slept, watching the
boy who was in a high fever. These last days, mistrusting their
household doctor and expecting another for whom they had sent to town,
they had been trying first one remedy and then another. Worn out by
sleeplessness and anxiety they threw their burden of sorrow on one
another and reproached and disputed with each other.
"Petrusha has come with papers from your father," whispered the
Prince Andrew went out.
"Devil take them!" he muttered, and after listening to the verbal
instructions his father had sent and taking the correspondence and his
fathers letter, he returned to the nursery.
"Well?" he asked.
"Still the same. Wait, for heavens sake. Karl Ivanich always says
that sleep is more important than anything," whispered Princess Mary
with a sigh.
Prince Andrew went up to the child and felt him. He was burning hot.
"Confound you and your Karl Ivanich!" He took the glass with the
drops and again went up to the cot.
"Andrew, dont!" said Princess Mary.
But he scowled at her angrily though also with suffering in his
eyes, and stooped glass in hand over the infant.
"But I wish it," he said. "I beg you--give it him!"
Princess Mary shrugged her shoulders but took the glass submissively
and calling the nurse began giving the medicine. The child screamed
hoarsely. Prince Andrew winced and, clutching his head, went
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