p. 51 "The prince [Vassily] apparently realized, as at Annette Scherer's soirée, that it was difficult to get rid of Anna Mikhailovna."
What strikes me: such fine dialogue.
"I live at the countess Rostov's," said Boris, again, adding, "Your Excellency."
"It's that Ilya Rostov who married Natalie Shinshin," said Anna Mikhailovna.
"I know, I know," said Prince Vassily in his monotone voice. "Je n'ai jamais pu concevoir comment Natalie s'est décidée à épouser cet ours mal-léché! Un personnage complètement stupide et ridicule. Et jouer a ce quón dit."
Prince Vassily... makes me think of Vaseline.