1 Perhaps she was scrutinising me.
2 I swear she really did interest me.
3 "From Riga," she answered reluctantly.
4 "It makes no difference," she said suddenly, after a brief silence.
5 "No need," she whispered hardly audibly, and again made a faint movement.
6 "Oh, well, then I shall die," she answered, quite vindictively, and she made a quick movement.
7 "Not all married women are happy," she snapped out in the rude abrupt tone she had used at first.
8 So the same thought may have been straying through her mind when she was staring at me just before.
9 She could not, however, have been called a beauty, though she was tall, strong-looking, and well built.
10 "Liza," she answered almost in a whisper, but somehow far from graciously, and she turned her eyes away.
11 She turned her head nearer to me, and it seemed to me in the darkness that she propped herself on her arm.
12 Well, such a direct person I regard as the real normal man, as his tender mother nature wished to see him when she graciously brought him into being on the earth.
13 For a long time we gazed at each other like that, but she did not drop her eyes before mine and her expression did not change, so that at last I felt uncomfortable.
14 She was in debt to her madam," I retorted, more and more provoked by the discussion; "and went on earning money for her up to the end, though she was in consumption.
15 Those moans express in the first place all the aimlessness of your pain, which is so humiliating to your consciousness; the whole legal system of nature on which you spit disdainfully, of course, but from which you suffer all the same while she does not.
16 I looked mechanically at the girl who had come in: and had a glimpse of a fresh, young, rather pale face, with straight, dark eyebrows, and with grave, as it were wondering, eyes that attracted me at once; I should have hated her if she had been smiling.
17 And, in fact, we ought unwearyingly to repeat to ourselves that at such and such a time and in such and such circumstances nature does not ask our leave; that we have got to take her as she is and not fashion her to suit our fancy, and if we really aspire to formulas and tables of rules, and well, even.
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