Colia had free access to the prince, at which Lebedeff was quite disgusted and indignant. He would listen at the door for half an hour at a time while the two were talking. Colia found this out, and naturally told the prince of his discovery.
“Do you think yourself my master, that you try to keep me under lock and key like this?” said the prince to Lebedeff.
“In the country, at least, I intend to be free, and you may make up your mind that I mean to see whom I like, and go where I please.”
“Why, of course,” replied the clerk, gesticulating with his hands.
The prince looked him sternly up and down.