"I have had a proposition made me concerning you," he said with an unnatural smile.

" I expect you have guessed that Prince Vasili has not come and brought his pupil with him" (for some reason Prince Bolkonski referred to Anatole as a "pupil") "for the sake of my beautiful eyes.

Last night a proposition was made me on your account and, as you know my principles, I refer it to you.

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