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*Mina's sitting on the Mansion patio, reading Plato's Republic. She's read it before, of course, but there was a detail she couldn't quite recall.*
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On August 15th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC), conspiringcount commented:
*Rouvaloff has come outside to have a cigarette, and has it halfway to his lips when he spots Mina. When he sees her he stops and replaces it in his case.* My apologies. As a rule, I never smoke around ladies.
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On August 15th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC), minaharker10_2 replied:
Oh, don't let my presence stop you, I highly doubt the sight of you smoking shall kill me.
On August 15th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC), conspiringcount replied:
*he smiles* Ah, but it is a matter of principle. The world sees Russia as a nation of savages. I make a point of being civilized, to show up the stereotype.
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On August 15th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC), minaharker10_2 replied:
It is admirable of you to try to combat their prejudice in such a way, but I do think that anyone who can read Tolstoy and Chekov and still perpetuate such an assumption will never be converted.
On August 15th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC), conspiringcount replied:
Perhaps not. *shrugs* All the same, it has its personal benefits as well. We aristocrats need civilization to make up for our more barbaric moments.
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On August 16th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC), minaharker10_2 replied:
*a frown, but of thoughtfulness* An interesting theory, though I'm not sure what you mean by it in specifics.
On August 16th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC), conspiringcount replied:
*dryly* When one takes taxes from the poor to pay for one's summer houses, as Prince Paul's friends do, the least one can do is keep it well-decorated.
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On August 16th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC), minaharker10_2 replied:
Ah, I see. *yes. She does* Though, frankly, although I have some respect for the philosophies of the aesthetes, I don't think the poor will care about the color of the draperies.
On August 16th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC), conspiringcount replied:
It's very rare for an aristocrat to genuinely care much about what the poor care about. *and, as is his habit, he's keeping his tone carefully neutral, not quite revealing what he does or doesn't care about*
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On August 16th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC), minaharker10_2 replied:
*very practical* Well, they can be taught to care a little bit, over time.
On August 16th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC), conspiringcount replied:
It's a very slow process, unless for some reason they have an . . . awakening of sorts.
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On August 16th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC), minaharker10_2 replied:
Yes, but every bit is useful, and the awakenings tend to happen more to a mind that is already a bit open.
On August 16th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC), conspiringcount replied:
Perhaps. I suppose I cannot speak for anyone's experience but my own.
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On August 31st, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC), minaharker10_2 replied:
Would you care to share that with me? I'd be interested to hear about it.
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