“Oh yes, I knew General Epanchin well,” General Ivolgin was saying at this moment; “he and Prince Nicolai Ivanovitch Muishkin — whose son I have this day embraced after an absence of twenty years — and I, were three inseparables.
Alas one is in the grave, torn to pieces by calumnies and bullets; another is now before you, still battling with calumnies and bullets — ”
“Bullets?” cried Nastasia.
“Yes, here in my chest. I received them at the siege of Kars, and I feel them in bad weather now. And as to the third of our trio, Epanchin, of course after that little affair with the poodle in the railway carriage, it was all up between us.”