"What did you say?" Levin cried with horror. "How do you know?"
The Countess Nordston pounced upon Levin at once
"Why do you ask me? You know what I shall say."
"_Honi soit qui mal y pense!_ My sister Anna."
"You got my telegram? Quite well? Thank God."
Vronsky understood now that this was Madame Karenina
"Yes. You know we're hoping he will marry Kitty."
And Stepan Arkadyevitch began to tell his story
"How can _you_ be dull at a ball?"
"Why should not _I_ be dull at a ball?" inquired Anna
"Where is the association to be?" asked Konstantin Levin
Kritsky had hardly gone out when Nikolay Levin smiled and winked
"Let it be! Don't insist! I'll beat you!" he shouted
"No; what's that for? After dinner I say things quite as good."
"So did Kitty perhaps refuse him?... She didn't tell you so?"
"But I...quite the contrary...I see you're unhappy..."
"I can't; I'm going to the French theater."
"And is it true the younger Vlassieva girl's to marry Topov?"
"What did I tell you?" said Anna's friend
At that instant Agafea Mihalovna came in with jam
"Isn't it time to go home?" said Stepan Arkadyevitch
"They say Mahotin's Gladiator's lame."
"I've got to go to Bryansky's; I shall be home within an hour."
"A priceless man!" said the Countess Lidia Ivanovna
"I'm for Vronsky. A pair of gloves?"
"Mademoiselle Varenka?" asked Kitty
"When shall I see you again?" asked Varenka
"That's in God's hands. Maybe it will be fine."
But Sergey Ivanovitch shrugged his shoulders
"From Stiva?" Darya Alexandrovna asked with surprise
"Who's that? Your son?" asked Levin
"A man brought it from Princess Tverskaya."
"We'll talk about it later on; I'll look you up in Petersburg."
"Alexey Alexandrovitch! What is it you want of me?"
She interrupted him. "It was that Therese you used to know?"
"That I shall die. I have had a dream."
"Can't he spare time to see me?" said Alexey Alexandrovitch
"You know my name?" Alexey Alexandrovitch resumed
Stepan Arkadyevitch listened attentively to Levin
In the dining room he was met by Konstantin Levin
"You are acquainted?" Stepan Arkadyevitch asked in surprise
"What biceps! A perfect Samson!"
"Who is here?" asked Alexey Alexandrovitch
"Still no better?" said Alexey Alexandrovitch
Stepan Arkadyevitch was touched. He was silent for a space
"Thank God!" she said. "You're not in pain?"
"What? I don't understand. What is the matter?"
"Have they come from the town?" Levin asked Kouzma
Silently and gratefully Alexey Alexandrovitch pressed her hand
"He and Putyatov have received the Alexander Nevsky."
"But is it true Madame Karenina's here?"
"Glad? I should think so! Almost dancing as he walked away."
"You know papa's received the Alexander Nevsky today?"
"To be sure I do! People have been already to congratulate him."
"But what did you think about me? You didn't think I was dead?"
At that moment the door opened. Vassily Lukitch came in
"And I beg you to explain why I should not go."
"There are no more tenors. _Le moule en est brise!_"
Agafea Mihalovna looked angrily at Kitty
And Levin went to Grisha
"Will you go?" Stepan Arkadyevitch said to his wife
"Why don't you stop her?" shouted Stepan Arkadyevitch
"_Qu'est-ce qu'ils disent_?" asked Veslovsky
And Darya Alexandrovna described Masha's crime
"How so?" Vassenka began in surprise. "To drive where?"
"Can I not see Oblonsky?"
"But it's insulting to him! _Et puis c'est ridicule_."
"To me? Hadn't the courage? If you knew how I...I look at..."
"How am I to say like that straight off? I really don't know."
"But I think you ought to. You ought to do all you can."
This was Nevyedovsky himself. Sviazhsky introduced him to Levin
"What a capable fellow Sviazhsky is! Sees it all so clearly."
"And for Katerina Alexandrovna?" asked Kouzma
"Stiva urged me awfully to go and see Anna Arkadyevna."
"A splendid baby!" said Lizaveta Petrovna
"Ask Landau? What for? Who or what's Landau?"
"And he positively is going?" queried Alexey Alexandrovitch
"How anyone can be indifferent!" said Lidia Ivanovna
Alexey Alexandrovitch and Lidia Ivanovna looked at each other
"I thought you had someone with you. Can I see the letter?"
"So I heard. May I see the letter?"
"Where to? Home?" asked Pyotr
"A ticket to Obiralovka?" said Pyotr
"Didn't I offend him in some way?" Sergey Ivanovitch wondered
"What do you say to today's telegram? Beaten the Turks again."
"What a terrible thing it was!" said Sergey Ivanovitch
"And what did her husband do?" asked Sergey Ivanovitch
"Only for a fortnight. I've a great deal to do in Moscow."
"My God! my God! not on them!" he said