Suddenly Gania approached our hero who was at the moment standing over Nastasia Philipovna’s portrait, gazing at it.
“Do you admire that sort of woman, prince?” he asked, looking intently at him. He seemed to have some special object in the question.
“It’s a wonderful face,” said the prince, “and I feel sure that her destiny is not by any means an ordinary, uneventful one. Her face is smiling enough, but she must have suffered terribly — hasn’t she? Her eyes show it — those two bones there, the little points under her eyes, just where the cheek begins. It’s a proud face too, terribly proud! And I — I can’t say whether she is good and kind, or not. Oh, if she be but good!