" He left the room and went to the waiting room where Alpatych stood with bowed head.

"Has the snow been shoveled back?" "Yes, your excellency.

Forgive me for heaven's sake... It was only my stupidity.

" "All right, all right," interrupted the prince, and laughing his unnatural way, he stretched out his hand for Alpatych to kiss, and then proceeded to his study.

Prince Vasili arrived that evening.

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