1 Here is a letter to Prince Vasili, and here is money.
2 She knew his father to be a connection of Prince Vasili's.
3 Prince Vasili always spoke languidly, like an actor repeating a stale part.
4 Prince Vasili's son, Hippolyte, had come with Mortemart, whom he introduced.
5 The elderly lady who had been sitting with the old aunt rose hurriedly and overtook Prince Vasili in the anteroom.
6 Believe me, Princess, I am ready to do all I can," answered Prince Vasili, "but it is difficult for me to ask the Emperor.
7 With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception.
8 He wished to say something more, but at that moment Prince Vasili and his daughter got up to go and the two young men rose to let them pass.
9 "You must excuse me, dear Vicomte," said Prince Vasili to the Frenchman, holding him down by the sleeve in a friendly way to prevent his rising.
10 Prince Vasili wished to obtain this post for his son, but others were trying through the Dowager Empress Marya Fedorovna to secure it for the baron.
11 It was, in fact, solely to meet Prince Vasili that she had obtained an invitation to Anna Pavlovna's reception and had sat listening to the vicomte's story.
12 Prince Vasili's daughter, the beautiful Helene, came to take her father to the ambassador's entertainment; she wore a ball dress and her badge as maid of honor.
13 Prince Vasili's words frightened her, an embittered look clouded her once handsome face, but only for a moment; then she smiled again and clutched Prince Vasili's arm more tightly.
14 Prince Vasili knew this, and having once realized that if he asked on behalf of all who begged of him, he would soon be unable to ask for himself, he became chary of using his influence.
15 Prince Vasili did not reply, though, with the quickness of memory and perception befitting a man of the world, he indicated by a movement of the head that he was considering this information.
16 Another, of young people, was grouped round the beautiful Princess Helene, Prince Vasili's daughter, and the little Princess Bolkonskaya, very pretty and rosy, though rather too plump for her age.
17 Although Prince Vasili listened reluctantly and not very politely to the elderly lady, even betraying some impatience, she gave him an ingratiating and appealing smile, and took his hand that he might not go away.
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