" Bilibin and the rest of "ours" burst out laughing in Hippolyte's face, and Prince Andrew saw that Hippolyte, of whom--he had to admit--he had almost been jealous on his wife's account, was the butt of this set.
"Oh, I must give you a treat," Bilibin whispered to Bolkonski.
"Kuragin is exquisite when he discusses politics--you should see his gravity!" He sat down beside Hippolyte and wrinkling his forehead began talking to him about politics.
Prince Andrew and the others gathered round these two.

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