"It's not a matter of principle, but why should I go?" "But do you know you are preparing trouble for yourself," said Stepan Arkadyevitch, finding his cap and getting up.

"How so?" "Do you suppose I don't see the line you've taken up with your wife? I heard how it's a question of the greatest consequence, whether or not you're to be away for a couple of days' shooting.

That's all very well as an idyllic episode, but for your whole life that won't answer.

A man must be independent; he has his masculine interests.

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