" "Why, what's happened?" asked Levin.

Katavasov in a few words told him the last piece of news from the war, and going into his study, introduced Levin to a short, thick-set man of pleasant appearance.

This was Metrov.

The conversation touched for a brief space on politics and on how recent events were looked at in the higher spheres in Petersburg.

Metrov repeated a saying that had reached him through a most trustworthy source, reported as having been uttered on this subject by the Tsar and one of the ministers.

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