Louisa Ivanovna consented to go, and in half an hour four troyka sleighs with large and small bells, their runners squeaking and whistling over the frozen snow, drove up to the porch.
Returning to Mittau, he succeeded in gaining a footing at court there through one of his sisters, who was the fancy of the ruling minister, Peter Bestuzhev, whose established mistress was no less a person than the young duchess Anne Ivanovna.
He is a son of Marya Ivanovna Dolokhova, such a worthy woman, but there, just fancy!
"Dolokhov, Mary Ivanovna's son," she said in a mysterious whisper, "has compromised her completely, they say.
He was the buffoon, who went by a woman's name, Nastasya Ivanovna.