He had pictured each of those young ladies as almost all honest-hearted young men do, that is, as a possible wife, adapting her in his imagination to all the conditions of married life: a white dressing gown, his wife at the tea table, his wife's carriage, little ones, Mamma and Papa, their relations to her, and so on--and these pictures of the future had given him pleasure.
Even Mamma does not understand.
Five minutes later little black-eyed three-year-old Natasha, her father's pet, having learned from her brother that Papa was asleep and Mamma was in the sitting room, ran to her father unobserved by her mother.
Well, Papa, I tell you definitely, and Mamma too, it's as you please, but I say definitely that you must let me enter the army, because I can't... that's all....
But I'll just tell Mamma how you are behaving with Boris.
No, Mamma darling, it's not the thing.
Much as Mamma pressed her, she refused, and I know she won't change once she has said...
Then I will drag it out of the bushes and call mamma to come and see it.
I am at the end of my second sheet of paper, and Mamma has sent for me to go and dine at the Apraksins'.
Yes, these verses Nicholas wrote himself and I copied some others, and she found them on my table and said she'd show them to Mamma, and that I was ungrateful, and that Mamma would never allow him to marry me, but that he'll marry Julie.