There was a general who did not believe, and said, ’The monks cheat,’ and as soon as he’d said it he went blind.
His satire has been less bitter of late, and there was a monk he received and had a long talk with.
"Ah! my dear, I am afraid you and your monk are wasting your powder," said Prince Andrew banteringly yet tenderly.
In her snug room, with lamps burning before the icon stand, a young lad with a long nose and long hair, wearing a monk’s cassock, sat on the sofa beside her, behind a samovar.
She disclosed this thought to no one but to her confessor, Father Akinfi, the monk, and he approved of her intention.
The pilgrim woman was appeased and, being encouraged to talk, gave a long account of Father Amphilochus, who led so holy a life that his hands smelled of incense, and how on her last visit to Kiev some monks she knew let her have the keys of the catacombs, and how she, taking some dried bread with her, had spent two days in the catacombs with the saints.
Not noticing the monk, who had risen to greet her and was drawing back the wide sleeve on his right arm, she went up to Sonya and took her hand.
Natasha went up to the monk for his blessing, and he advised her to pray for aid to God and His saint.