“N-no: I have not been these three last days.”
“It is a pity you have taken too much wine, Lebedeff I want to ask you something...
“All right! all right! I am not drunk,” replied the clerk, preparing to listen.
“Tell me, how was she when you left her?”
“She is a woman who is seeking...”
“She seems always to be searching about, as if she had lost something. The mere idea of her coming marriage disgusts her; she looks on it as an insult. She cares as much for him as for a piece of orange-peel