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The head was Woloda's first production in pencil and to-day— Grandmamma's name-day—the masterpiece was to be presented to her. "Aren't you going to put a little more shadow there? " said Woloda to the master as he raised himself on tiptoe and pointed to the Turk's neck. "No, it is not necessary," the master replied as he put pencil and drawing-pen into a japanned folding box. "It is just right now, and you need not do anything more to it. As for you, Nicolinka " he added, rising and glancing askew at the Turk, "won't you tell us your great secret at last?

Just before supper Grisha entered the room. Ever since he had entered the house that day he had never ceased to sigh and weep—a portent, according to those who believed in his prophetic powers, that misfortune was impending for the household. He had now come to take leave of us, for to-morrow (so he said) he must be moving on. I nudged Woloda, and we moved towards the door. " he said. "This—that if we want to see Grisha's chains we must go upstairs at once to the men-servants' rooms. " "All right.

Thereupon we rose and stood looking at the Princess, without in the least knowing what we ought to do to show that we were being introduced. "Kiss the Princess's hand," said Papa. "Well, I hope you will love your old aunt," she said to Woloda, kissing his hair, "even though we are not near relatives. But I value friendship far more than I do degrees of relationship," she added to Grandmamma, who nevertheless, remained hostile, and replied: "Eh, my dear? " "Here is my man of the world," put in Papa, indicating Woloda; "and here is my poet," he added as I kissed the small, dry hand of the Princess, with a vivid picture in my mind of that same hand holding a rod and applying it vigorously.

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