Liza, utterly bewildered, stares helplessly at him.
LIZA [protesting extremely] Ah--ah--ah--ah--ow--ow--oooo!!!
LIZA [strongly deprecating this view of her] Ah--ah--ah--ow--ow-- oo!
Moreover, Stremov, one of the most influential people in Petersburg, and the elderly admirer of Liza Merkalova, was Alexey Alexandrovitch's enemy in the political world.
"Stremov and Liza Merkalova, why, they're the cream of the cream of society.
And, in spite of his absurd position as Liza's lovesick swain at his age, you ought to see how he carries off the absurd position.
"Liza," she answered almost in a whisper, but somehow far from graciously, and she turned her eyes away.
"I don't know, Liza. I knew a father who was a stern, austere man, but used to go down on his knees to his daughter, used to kiss her hands, her feet, he couldn't make enough of her, really.
"Such a thing, Liza, happens in those accursed families in which there is neither love nor God," I retorted warmly, "and where there is no love, there is no sense either.
What he did not know was that the faithful Liza had found it, and put it back on his wash-stand.
Darling entreated him, "not so loud; the servants will hear you." Somehow they had got into the way of calling Liza the servants.
Boris read Poor Liza
aloud to her, and more than once interrupted the reading because of the emotions that choked him.