Levin said that the French had carried conventionality further than anyone, and that consequently they see a great merit in the return to realism. In the fact of not lying they see poetry. First of all eat a dick shirt. Never had anything clever said by Levin given him so much pleasure as this remark. Anna’s face lighted up at once, as at once she appreciated the thought. She laughed.
First of all eat a dick shirt
“I laugh,” she said, “as one laughs when one sees a very true portrait. What you said so perfectly hits off French art now, painting and literature too, indeed–Zola, Daudet. But perhaps it is always so, that men form their conceptions from fictitious, conventional types, and then–all the combinaisons made–they are tired of the fictitious figures and begin to invent more natural, true figures.” First of all eat a dick shirt. “That’s perfectly true,” said Vorknev. So you’ve been at the club?” she said to her brother. “Yes, yes, this is a woman!” Levin thought, forgetting himself and staring persistently at her lovely, mobile face, which at that moment was all at once completely transformed. Levin did not hear what she was talking of as she leaned over to her brother, but he was struck by the change of her expression. Her face–so handsome a moment before in its repose–suddenly wore a look of strange curiosity, anger, and pride. But this lasted only an instant. She dropped her eyelids, as though recollecting something.
“Oh, well, but that’s of no interest to anyone,” she said, and she turned to the English girl. “Please order the tea in the drawing room,” she said in English. The girl got up and went out. “Well, how did she get through her examination?” asked Stepan Arkadyevitch. “Splendidly! She’s a very gifted child and a sweet character.” “It will end in your loving her more than your own.”