Part 6, Chapter 4 Summary
Varenka has never looked more beautiful to Sergey Ivanovitch. She is surrounded by children and is happily looking after them; there is a visible excitement at the possibility of receiving a declaration of love from the man she cares for and he finds her utterly attractive. He cannot stop admiring her and knows he has not felt this way except for once when he was very young. This feeling of happiness at being near her continues to grow until he looks straight into her flushed face and smiles. It is a smile that “says too much.”
Sergey Ivanovitch decides he must have time to think things over and make up his mind rather than act like a boy and react to the impulse of the moment. He walks about forty feet away and...
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