When Anna went into the room, Dolly was sitting in the little drawing-room with a white-headed fat little boy, already like his father, giving him a lesson in French reading.
And, after all, Anna is in no wise to blame," thought Dolly.
She knew that in one way or another she would tell Anna everything, and she was alternately glad at the thought of speaking freely, and angry at the necessity of speaking of her humiliation with her, his sister, and of hearing her ready-made phrases of good advice and comfort.
Anna took the tray, and then pushed it away from her.
To each new arrival Anna Pavlovna said, "You have not yet seen my aunt," or "You do not know my aunt?
Each visitor performed the ceremony of greeting this old aunt whom not one of them knew, not one of them wanted to know, and not one of them cared about; Anna Pavlovna observed these greetings with mournful and solemn interest and silent approval.
Soyez tranquille, Lise, you will always be prettier than anyone else," replied Anna Pavlovna.
Anna Pavlovna greeted him with the nod she accorded to the lowest hierarchy in her drawing room.