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This week, my teaser is from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I always meant to get around to reading one of those "loose, baggy monsters", as Henry James called nineteenth-century Russian novels. Helping the experience is the fact there are illustrations in the version I took out the library that, apparently, Leo Tolstoy actually had done for the original.
At first he heard the sound of indifferent conversation, then the sound of Anna Mikhailovna's voice delivering a long speech, then a screech, then silence, then again both voices speaking with joyful intonations, and then steps, and Anna Mikhailovna opened the door for him. The expression on Anna Mikhailovna's face was the proud, happy and relieved expression of a surgeon who has just completed a difficult amputation and is admitting the public so that it can appreciate his skill.-p. 310
-----The Golden Eagle