1 But, unfortunately, neither money nor real estate, whether improved or non-improved, can purchase such a stomach.
2 I myself managed to sell everything from my estate at a good price.
3 Sobakevitch's country house and estate were of very fair size, and on each side of the mansion were expanses of birch and pine forest in two shades of green.
4 Among commissions entrusted to him was that of placing in the hands of the Public Trustee several hundred peasants who belonged to a ruined estate.
5 That is to say, I am the owner of three hundred peasant souls, a badly administered estate, and a fool of a bailiff.
6 And for long afterwards he would feel as though his man's intellect and estate were a burden.
7 There is nothing for me to do at home, since the management of the estate is in my brother's hands, and my going would cause him no inconvenience.
8 Again, everything on his estate is made to perform at least three or four different functions.
9 I cannot let you go, for, in addition to my honour having become involved, it behoves me to show my people how the regular, the organised, administration of an estate may be conducted.
10 Yes, no sooner does a man get a little education into his head than he becomes a Don Quixote, and establishes schools on his estate such as even a madman would never have dreamed of.
11 He is a man who, were he not the director of an estate, might well be a director of the Empire.
12 All, that is to say, except Chichikov, whose thoughts remained wakeful, and who kept wondering and wondering how best he could become the owner, not of a fictitious, but of a real, estate.
13 And another project which was occupying Chichikov's mind was the project of purchasing the estate of a certain landowner named Khlobuev.
14 Next day, with Platon and Constantine, Chichikov set forth to interview Khlobuev, the owner whose estate Constantine had consented to help Chichikov to purchase with a non-interest-bearing, uncovenanted loan of ten thousand roubles.
15 Also, the village in Khlobuev's estate had about it a deserted air, and as for the proprietor himself, he was discovered in a state of drowsy dishevelment, having not long left his bed.