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    Governess

    “SOMEONE came from the Grigoryevs' to fetch a book, but I said you were not at home.

  • The postman brought the newspaper and two letters.

  • By the way, Yevgeny Petrovitch, I should like to ask you to speak to Seryozha.

  • To-day, and the day before yesterday, I have noticed that he is smoking.

  • When I began to expostulate with him, he put his fingers in his ears as usual, and sang loudly to drown my voice.”

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    Yevgeny Petrovitch Bykovsky, the prosecutor of the circuit court, who had just come back from a session and was taking off his gloves in his study, looked at the governess as she made her report, and laughed.

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    Yevgeny

    “Seryozha smoking . . .”

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    he said, shrugging his shoulders.

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    Yevgeny

    “I can picture the little cherub with a cigarette in his mouth!

  • Why, how old is he?”

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    Governess

    “Seven.

  • You think it is not important, but at his age smoking is a bad and pernicious habit, and bad habits ought to be eradicated in the beginning.”

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    Yevgeny

    “Perfectly true.

  • And where does he get the tobacco?”

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    Governess

    “He takes it from the drawer in your table.”

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    Yevgeny

    “Yes?

  • In that case, send him to me.”

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    When the governess had gone out, Bykovsky sat down in an arm-chair before his writing-table, shut his eyes, and fell to thinking.

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  • He pictured his Seryozha with a huge cigar, a yard long, in the midst of clouds of tobacco smoke, and this caricature made him smile;