accident, and that his ears had not deceived him. At all events her performance — which was a joke, of course, if rather a crude one, — was premeditated. They had evidently talked (and laughed) over the ‘poor knight’ for more than a month.
Yet Aglaya had brought out these letters N. P. B. not only without the slightest appearance of irony, or even any particular accentuation, but with so even and unbroken an appearance of seriousness that assuredly anyone might have supposed that these initials were the original ones written in the ballad. The thing made an uncomfortable impression upon the prince. Of course Mrs. Epanchin saw nothing either in the change of initials or in the insinuation embodied therein.
General Epanchin only