So now Nekkie and Missy run to her mother, Princess Sophia Vasilyevna.
- smoking pachitos ?
Yeah, Tolstoy spends some time talking about her long flashy teeth and her mouth and throat. It’s acting imagery. Everything looks “natural” enough yet “insincere” and “artificial.”
Next: she has this weird affair-ish thing with the doctor (his name’s Kolosov) which Nekhlyudov just remembered because its disgusting but it didn’t bother him before (aka before he found out Katusha fell through the cracks in a major way).
So their smoking and talking and Nekkie is thinking the whole time (and so are we) that they are just the worst.
But my favorite bit of this scene is the man-servant called Philips who has to adjust the curtains.
The broad-chested, muscular, handsome Philips bowed slightly, as if begging pardon; and stepping lightly across the carpet with his broad-calved, strong legs, obediently and silently went to the other window, and, looking at the Princess, began carefully to arrange the curtain so that not a single ray should dare fall on her. But again he did not satisfy her, and again she had to interrupt the conversation about mysticism, and correct in a martyred tone the unintelligent Philip, who was tormenting her so pitilessly. For a moment a light flashed in Philip’s eyes.
“The devil take you! What do you want?” was probably what he said to himself, thought Nekhlyudov, who had been observing the whole scene.
Haha good old Philips. I think we’d be friends in real life. So sassy.
Nekkie leaves the scene soon with Missy and is able to get rid of her too and be alone with his thoughts, so for the next chapter, cue the self-loathing.
Tolstoy, Leo. Resurrection. New York: Barnes and Noble Inc., 2006. Print.