He recovered himself at the very moment when the voice of Countess Lidia Ivanovna was saying "he's asleep.

" Stepan Arkadyevitch started with dismay, feeling guilty and caught.

But he was reassured at once by seeing that the words "he's asleep" referred not to him, but to Landau.

The Frenchman was asleep as well as Stepan Arkadyevitch.

But Stepan Arkadyevitch's being asleep would have offended them, as he thought (though even this, he thought, might not be so, as everything seemed so queer), while Landau's being asleep delighted them extremely, especially Countess Lidia Ivanovna.

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