"Men need occupation, and Alexey needs a circle, so I value all these people. We have to have the house lively and gay, so that Alexey may not long for any novelty."
And in the midst of all that lengthy recitation of guests and neighbors and chattering (seriously, she speaks for more than a page non-stop), the truth.
I was mostly engrossed through the first half, but now all the meandering down society gazing lane is becoming a drag. I want to finish it already.