1 "Singers to the front" came the captain's order.
2 "Well, it's as you like," said the staff captain.
3 And the staff captain rose and turned away from Rostov.
4 "It's different on different days," answered the captain.
5 He answered the staff captain's question by a disapproving shake of his head.
6 "I did not expect this of you," said the staff captain seriously and severely.
7 The staff captain on his broad-backed, steady mare came at a walk to meet him.
8 "It is an illness, there's no other way of explaining it," said the staff captain.
9 Dolokhov had come from the left flank where their regiment was stationed, with his captain.
10 The general looked the captain up and down as he came up panting, slackening his pace as he approached.
11 "Your excellency, it's the officer Dolokhov, who has been reduced to the ranks," said the captain softly.
12 The captain's face showed the uneasiness of a schoolboy who is told to repeat a lesson he has not learned.
13 The staff captain, Kirsten, had twice been reduced to the ranks for affairs of honor and had twice regained his commission.
14 "That's better, Count," said the staff captain, beginning to address Rostov by his title, as if in recognition of his confession.
15 "You just wait a moment, my dear fellow, and listen," interrupted the staff captain in his deep bass, calmly stroking his long mustache.
16 The hussar at that moment noticed the face of the red-nosed captain and his drawn-in stomach, and mimicked his expression and pose with such exactitude that Nesvitski could not help laughing.
17 You value your own pride and don't wish to apologize," continued the staff captain, "but we old fellows, who have grown up in and, God willing, are going to die in the regiment, we prize the honor of the regiment, and Bogdanich knows it.
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