First of all, don’t exaggerate. Illness, it does not paint anyone. And secondly, I don’t feel like it right now…

— Oh sure. We feel so sorry for you. This news completely shocked us. Poor Natasha, who would have thought… But we didn’t know anything. We were told about this… about this news… Lyudmila, our daughter.

I remember you talked a lot about her. She is, if I am not mistaken, a very serious figure.

— Let’s be kidding…

“I’m not kidding at all. An archivist in the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — what a joke. Especially for a former diplomat, especially for a historian who, without an archive, is like without hands.

— At one time, Alexander Ivanovich Nelidov put in a good word for her.

Having learned about Vardan’s immediate plans, Vladimir Pavlovich called Olga Vasilievna.

— Olya, there is a book on the desk, bring it, please. — And he turned to Vardan: — The English journalist Malcolm McCall wrote a whole study of «The Sultan and the Powers.» It was translated here and published in 1997. I thought you might have missed it. So keep it, bought especially for you.