My dear fellow, whom do I see! Ivan Vassilevitch! I amextremely glad! Now this is asurprise, my darling... How are you?
No. I’ve come only to see you, honoured StepanStepanovith
We just get along somehow, my angel, thanks to yourprayers, and so on. Sit down, please do... Now, you know,you shouldn’t forget all about your neighbours, my darling.My dear fellow, why are you so formal in your get-up!Evening dress, gloves, and so on. Can you be goinganywhere, my treasure?
Well, you see, it’s like this. I’ve come to you,honoured Stepan Stepanovitch, to trouble you with a request.Not once or twice have I already had the privilege of applyingto you for help, and you have always, so to speak... I mustask your pardon, I am getting excited. I shall drink somewater, honoured Stepan Stepanovitch.
Then why are you in evening dress, my precious? As ifyou’re paying a New Year’s Eve visit!