And they could not find their way here from the station without you coming on purpose from Zürich to show it to them? Verily, without women we can do nothing. So it stands written, and apparently so it is.
He was conscious of an immense lassitude under his effort to be sarcastic. And he could see that she had detected it with those steady, brilliant black eyes.
What is the matter with you?
I dont know. Nothing. Ive had a devil of a day.
She waited, with her black eyes fixed on his face. Then
What of that? You men are so impressionable and self-conscious. One day is like another, hard, hardand theres an end of it, till the great day comes. I came over for a very good reason. They wrote to warn Peter Ivanovitch of their arrival. But where from? Only from Cherbourg on a bit of ships notepaper. Anybody could have done that. Yakovlitch has lived for years and years in America. I am the only one at hand who had known him well in the old days. I knew him very well indeed. So Peter Ivanovitch telegraphed, asking me to come. Its natural enough, is it not?
You came to vouch for his identity? inquired Razumov.
Yes. Something of the kind. Fifteen years of a life like his make changes in a man. Lonely, like a crow in a strange country. When I think of Yakovlitch before he went to America
The softness of the low tone caused Razumov to glance at her sideways. She sighed; her black eyes were looking away; she had plunged the fingers of her right hand deep into the mass of nearly white hair, and stirred them there absently. When she withdrew her hand the little hat perched on the top of her head remained slightly tilted with a queer inquisitive effect, contrasting strongly with the reminiscent murmur that escaped her.
We were not in our first youth even then. But a man is a child always.
Razumov thought suddenly, They have been living together. Then aloud
Why didnt you follow him to America? he asked point-blank.
She looked up at him with a perturbed air.
Dont you remember what was going on fifteen years ago? It was a time of activity. The Revolution has its history by this time. You are in it and yet you dont seem to know it. Yakovlitch went away then on a mission; I went back to Russia. It had to be so. Afterwards there was nothing for him to come back to.
Ah! indeed, muttered Razumov, with affected surprise. Nothing!
What are you trying to insinuate? she exclaimed quickly. Well, and what then if he did get discouraged a little
He looks like a Yankee, with that goatee hanging from his chin. A regular Uncle Sam, growled Razumov. Well, and you? You who went to Russia? You did not get discouraged.
Never mind. Yakovlitch is a man who cannot be doubted. He, at any rate, is the right sort.
Her black, penetrating gaze remained fixed upon Razumov while she spoke, and for a moment afterwards.
Pardon me, Razumov inquired coldly, but does it mean that you, for instance, think that I am not the right sort?
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