pallor and thinness are perfect; one could not wish you otherwise. I did so wish to come and see you. I — forgive me, please — ”
“Don’t apologize,” said Nastasia, laughing; “you spoil the whole originality of the thing.
I think what they say about you must be true, that you are so original. — So you think me perfection, do you?”
“H’m! Well, you may be a good reader of riddles but you are wrong there, at all events. I’ll remind you of this, tonight.”
Nastasia introduced the prince to her guests, to most of whom he was already known.