Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Volume II, Part V, Chapter III

I can only say I am liking the old count less and less.

It's his birthday, he's in a foul mood, and he tells Marya not to let anyone in who is not on a list.  He's been seeing a handsome tall French doctor, who decides he'll do what he wants anyway.  The old count is furious, blames Marya, and says she must go away permanently.  And then, adding insult to injury, he wonders aloud why no one will marry her, as if he hasn't sent them all away.

You kind of wonder if he's pushing her to see if she will finally blow up.  Anyway, there's a small dinner (somehow Boris has wheedled his way in), and it's clear he's serious.

He's severely unpleasant. Maybe it's the best thing for her.

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