The Idiot Part 2 Chapter 6 Page 8

is no need for him to visit you, prince... I have the deepest esteem for him, he is a — a great man. You don’t believe it? Well, you will see, and yet, most excellent prince, you had much better not receive him.”

“May I ask why? and also why you walk about on tiptoe and always seem as if you were going to whisper a secret in my ear whenever you come near me?”

“I am vile, vile; I know it!” cried Lebedeff, beating his breast with a contrite air. “But will not the general be too hospitable for you?”

“Too hospitable?”

“Yes.

First, he proposes to come and live in my house. Well and good;