The case, as represented by the offended parties, was that, after seizing the transports, Major Denisov, being drunk, went to the chief quartermaster and without any provocation called him a thief, threatened to strike him, and on being led out had rushed into the office and given two officials a thrashing, and dislocated the arm of one of them.
Provided the parties could agree, the Code left them free to contract as a rule.
They might not sustain it, but if the parties did not dispute it, they were free to observe it.
At these parties his feelings were like those of a conjuror who always expects his trick to be found out at any moment.
The party was very successful and quite like other parties he had seen.