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Vronsky felt, too, how powerful Serpuhovskoy might become through his unmistakable faculty for thinking things out and for taking things in, through his intelligence and gift of words, so rarely met with in the world in which he moved. And, ashamed as he was of the feeling, he felt envious. Mens Papa Gift Man Myth Legend American Flag shirt. “Still I haven’t the one thing of most importance for that,” he answered; “I haven’t the desire for power. I had it once, but it’s gone.” “Excuse me, that’s not true,” said Serpuhovskoy, smiling. Yes, it is true, it is true…now!” Vronsky added, to be truthful “Yes, it’s true now, that’s another thing; but that NOW won’t last forever.” “Perhaps,” answered Vronsky.
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“You say PERHAPS,” Serpuhovskoy went on, as though guessing his thoughts, “but I say FOR CERTAIN. And that’s what I wanted to see you for. Your action was just what it should have been. I see that, but you ought not to keep it up. I only ask you to give me carte blanche. I’m not going to offer you my protection…though, indeed, why shouldn’t I protect you?– you’ve protected me often enough! I should hope our friendship rises above all that sort of thing. Yes,” he said, smiling to him as tenderly as a woman, “give me carte blanche, retire from the regiment, and I’ll draw you upwards imperceptibly.”