The "man of great merit," who was still a novice in court circles, wishing to flatter Anna Pavlovna by defending her former position on this question, observed: "It is said that the Emperor was reluctant to give Kutuzov those powers.
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The novice receiver did not know all of his routes yet.
Even a novice investor will be successful if they keep costs low, diversify widely, and exercise patience.