sense of duty now returned together with a consciousness of what was due to his social rank and official importance. In short, he plainly showed his conviction that a man in his position could have nothing to do with Rogojin and his companions. But Nastasia interrupted him at his first words.
“Ah, general!” she cried, “I was forgetting! If I had only foreseen this unpleasantness!
I won’t insist on keeping you against your will, although I should have liked you to be beside me now. In any case, I am most grateful to you for your visit, and flattering attention... but if you are afraid...”
“Excuse me, Nastasia Philipovna,” interrupted the general, with chivalric generosity.