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ing upstairs. "Well, I'm glad he has come; things will be more lively." After a look in the glass I ran gaily downstairs and into the veranda; I was out of breath and did not disguise my haste. He was sitting at the table, talking to Katya about our affairs. He glanced at me and smiled; then he went on talking. From what he said it appeared that our affairs were in capital shape: it was now possible for us, after spending the summer in the country, to go either to Petersburg for Sonya's education, or abroad.
"If only you would go abroad with us --" said Katya; "without you we shall be quite lost there."
"Oh, I should like to go round the world with you," he said, half in jest and half in earnest.
"All right," I said; let us start off and go round the world."
He smiled and shook his head.
"What about my mother? What about my business, he said. "But that's not the question just now: I want to know how you have been spending your time. Not depressed again, I hope?
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I have only just read the first chapter and I can't stop reading it. Tolstoy has this amazing ability to make you feel as though your in that moment in time. He writes so sincerly and its a comfort to read his writing. Certainly a good peice.
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Family Happiness is one of the best novellas I've ever read...while the plot is extremely simple as compared to other splendid Tolstoy works like Anna Karenina, War and Peace and Resurrection, Tolstoy's sheer style of writing and conveying the simplest of things in such a beautiful manner makes this book a highly enjoyable reading. I feel it's a must read especially for all young girls who're set to get married- it's neither overtly mushy nor overtly realistic. It's sweet and heart warming....