The Idiot Part 1 Chapter 5 Page 14

were ordered to tell a story like that!” observed Aglaya.

“Why? what’s there strange about it? He has a tongue. Why shouldn’t he tell us something? I want to judge whether he is a good story-teller; anything you like, prince — how you liked Switzerland, what was your first impression, anything. You’ll see, he’ll begin directly and tell us all about it beautifully.”

“The impression was forcible — ” the prince began.

“There, you see, girls,” said the impatient lady, “he has begun, you see.”

“Well, then, let him talk, mamma,” said Alexandra. “This prince is a great humbug and by no means