Excerpt: ...myself bled, so as to go home clearer witted, --but do you make your plan. For you that will not be difficult, and on the other side there will be, as I think, no obstacle." "There can be only one obstacle, lord brother." "What is it?" "Friendship should tell the truth, hence I speak freely. You are an honorable person, I know that, ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...myself bled, so as to go home clearer witted, --but do you make your plan. For you that will not be difficult, and on the other side there will be, as I think, no obstacle." "There can be only one obstacle, lord brother." "What is it?" "Friendship should tell the truth, hence I speak freely. You are an honorable person, I know that, but rather stubborn. You have this reputation, and you have it because your dependants all fear you tremendously. Not only the peasants, concerning whom you have quarrelled with Father Voynovski, but your servants, attendants, and managers. Tachevski feared you, Pani Vinnitski fears you, the young lady fears you. Two matchmakers will appear according to custom. I will do what I can, but I will not guarantee that the other may not destroy all my labor." During one moment Pan Gideon's eyes flashed with anger, for he did not like to have the truth told in his presence; but amazement now conquered his anger, so he asked, -- "Of what are you speaking? What other matchmaker is there?" "Fear," said the prelate. CHAPTER XI They were unable to go that same day to Belchantska, for Pan Gideon weakened considerably after bleeding, and said that some rest was needed. Next morning, however, he felt brighter; he had grown young, as it were, and he approached his own mansion with good hope, though with a certain disquiet. Occupied with his own thoughts entirely, he spoke little along the way with the prelate, but when they were entering the village he felt his disquiet increasing. "This is a wonder to me," said he. "Ere this time I came home as a man who is master, and all others were concerned about this, with what face would I greet them; while now I am the anxious one, I ask myself how will they greet me." "Virgil has said," replied the prelate, "'amor omnia vincit' (love conquers everything), but he forgot to add, that it changes everything...Read Less
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