" How was it you didn't let me know before, that is, at the time of my wedding? I made inquiries in all directions.

" He had to talk so as not to be silent, and he did not know what to say, especially as his brother made no reply, and simply stared without dropping his eyes, and evidently penetrated to the inner meaning of each word.

Levin told his brother that his wife had come with him.

Nikolay expressed pleasure, but said he was afraid of frightening her by his condition.

A silence followed.

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