The general watched Gania’s confusion intently, and clearly did not like it.
“Remember, Ivan Fedorovitch,” said Gania, in great agitation, “that I was to be free too, until her decision; and that even then I was to have my ‘yes or no’ free.”
“Why, don’t you, aren’t you — ” began the general, in alarm.
“Oh, don’t misunderstand — ”
“But, my dear fellow, what are you doing, what do you mean?”
“Oh, I’m not rejecting her.
I may have expressed myself badly, but I didn’t mean that.”