IN the church there was all Moscow, all the friends and relations; and during the ceremony of plighting troth, in the brilliantly lighted church, there was an incessant flow of discreetly subdued talk in the circle of gaily dressed women and girls, and men in white ties, frock-coats, and uniforms. The talk was principally kept up by the men, while the women were absorbed in watching every detail of the ceremony, which always means so much to them.
So much prettier. I was married in the evening too answered Madame Korsunsky, and she sighed, remembering how charming she had been that day, and how absurdly in love her husband was, and how different it all was now.
They say if any ones best man more than ten times, hell never be married. I wanted to be for the tenth time, but the post was taken, said Count Siniavin to the pretty Princess Tcharsky, who had designs on him.
She ought not to have worn a chignon, answered Madame Nikolaev, who had long ago made up her mind that if the elderly widower she was angling for married her, the wedding should be of the simplest. I dont like such grandeur.
Sergey Ivanovitch was talking to Darya Dmitrievna, jestingly assuring her that the custom of going away after the wedding was becoming common because newly married people always felt a little ashamed of themselves.
Oh, I like him sonot because hes my future beau-frère, answered Madame Lvov. And how well hes behaving! Its so difficult, too, to look well in such a position, not to be ridiculous. And hes not ridiculous, and not affected; one can see hes moved.
Dolly stood beside them; she heard them, but she did not answer. She was deeply moved. The tears stood in her eyes and she could not have spoken without crying. She was rejoicing over Kitty and Levin; going back in thought to her own wedding, she glanced at the radiant figure of Stepan Arkadyevitch, forgot all the present, and remembered only her own innocent love. She recalled not herself only, but all her women-friends and acquaintances. She thought of them on the one day of their triumph, when they had stood like Kitty under the wedding crown, with love and hope and dread in their hearts, renouncing the past, and stepping forward into the mysterious future. Among the brides that came back to her memory, she thought too of her darling Anna, of whose proposed divorce she had just been hearing. And she had stood just as innocent in orange flowers and bridal veil. And now? Its terribly strange, she said to herself. It was not merely the sisters, the women-friends and female relations of the bride who were following every detail of the ceremony. Women who were quite strangers, mere spectators, were watching it excitedly, holding their breath, in fear of losing a single movement or expression of the bride and bridegroom, and angrily not answering, often not hearing, the remarks of the callous men, who kept making joking or irrelevant observations.
I say, Marya Vassilievna, you were making out those flyaway crinolines were not being worn. Just look at her in the puce dressan ambassadors wife they say she ishow her skirt bounces out from side to side!