I have learned a good deal in the last four years, and, besides, I read a great many Russian books.”
“Russian books, indeed?
Then, of course, you can read and write quite correctly?”
“Oh dear, yes!”
“Capital! And your handwriting?”
“Ah, there I am really talented! I may say I am a real caligraphist. Let me write you something, just to show you,” said the prince, with some excitement.
“With pleasure! In fact, it is very necessary. I like your readiness, prince; in fact, I must say — I — I — like you very well, altogether,” said the general.