How, in fact, to tell him about Vinokur? It is impossible to start the story directly, without any introduction. And anyway, does she have the courage? She’s not sure. If Vardan does not love her, why be so humiliated? For a year and a half, since the day they met, her every thought about him was colored with a special sensuality, and she could not help herself. Everything that she experienced, she expressed in verse as well as she could. And now, oddly enough, her imagination carried her away from the upcoming conversation to intoxicating pictures of harmony and happiness. The happiness that would come if everything settled down. Yes, she is in love with Vardan. She fell in love with his unusually large body, and his masculinity. But does he feel anything like love for her?
Even as she was heading towards Vardan, she dreamed that the inevitable conversation would already be left behind. But for this it was necessary to start it. Lyudmila emerged from her dreams. They were beautiful, but far from reality. In reality, she plucked up courage and began her story. She began by asking Vardan if he knew anything about her ex-fiance? The answer was negative.
“When a friend introduced me to her brother,” Lyudmila said quietly, “I noticed that Ivan Arsenievich likes to show off in front of the public and amuse his pride. By the way, unlike you. This, however, did not alarm me. In front of women, he even spread his feathers like a peacock. And they women still found him irresistible.