"Yes, you feel it, but you don’t give him your property," said Stepan Arkadyevitch, intentionally, as it seemed, provoking Levin.
He had hitherto taken up a cold and even antagonistic attitude to this new doctrine, and with Countess Lidia Ivanovna, who had been carried away by it, he had never argued, but by silence had assiduously parried her attempts to provoke him into argument.
If she read that the heroine of the novel was nursing a sick man, she longed to move with noiseless steps about the room of a sick man; if she read of a member of Parliament making a speech, she longed to be delivering the speech; if she read of how Lady Mary had ridden after the hounds, and had provoked her sister-in-law, and had surprised everyone by her boldness, she too wished to be doing the same.
"A silly woman’s chatter," he said: "but why risk it, why provoke?
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Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.