not in love with her myself; I’m afraid it was simply mischief — pure ‘cussedness’ on my part.
“If I hadn’t seized that bouquet from under his nose he might have been alive now, and a happy man.
He might have been successful in life, and never have gone to fight the Turks.”
Totski ended his tale with the same dignity that had characterized its commencement.
Nastasia Philipovna’s eyes were flashing in a most unmistakable way, now; and her lips were all a-quiver by the time Totski finished his story.
All present watched both of them with curiosity.
“You were right,