The Idiot Part 1 Chapter 4 Page 41

accustomed to her husband’s infidelities, had heard of the pearls, and the rumour excited her liveliest curiosity and interest.

The general remarked her suspicions, and felt that a grand explanation must shortly take place — which fact alarmed him much.

This is the reason why he was so unwilling to take lunch (on the morning upon which we took up this narrative) with the rest of his family. Before the prince’s arrival he had made up his mind to plead business, and “cut” the meal; which simply meant running away.

He was particularly anxious that this one day should be passed — especially the evening — without unpleasantness between himself and his family; and just at the