I must ask for a little concession.

" "But is the thing settled between you or not? If it's settled, it's useless haggling; but if it's not," said Levin, "I'll buy the forest.

" The smile vanished at once from Ryabinin's face.

A hawklike, greedy, cruel expression was left upon it.

With rapid, bony fingers he unbuttoned his coat, revealing a shirt, bronze waistcoat buttons, and a watch chain, and quickly pulled out a fat old pocketbook.

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