The latter was very attentive to Anna Pávlovna because he wanted to be appointed director of one of the educational establishments for young ladies.
The director of her conscience was astounded at having the case presented to him thus with the simplicity of Columbus’ egg.
Ever since the enemy’s entry into Smolénsk he had in imagination been playing the role of director of the popular feeling of “the heart of Russia.”
“Your excellency, the Director of the Registrar’s Department has sent for instructions....
He advised my attending certain places in London, for the acquisition of such mere rudiments as I wanted, and my investing him with the functions of explainer and director of all my studies.
But then a director can hardly be found, and even if he could, as matters now stand, the students, who are very conceited, would not attend to him.
That, however, would be otherwise if the whole State became the director of these studies and gave honour to them; then disciples would want to come, and there would be continuous and earnest search, and discoveries would be made; since even now, disregarded as they are by the world, and maimed of their fair proportions, and although none of their votaries can tell the use of them, still these studies force their way by their natural charm, and very likely, if they had the help of the State, they would some day emerge into light.
I imagine not, he said; had he been educated he would never have made a blind god director of his chorus, or given him chief honour.
The Director of Companies was our captain and our host.
“We have lost the first of the ebb,” said the Director suddenly.