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Tatiana Vorontsova
Misinterpreting that.
Thu Aug 16, 2018 13:54

Tatiana tilted her head and frowned slightly, confused, when Nathaniel Mordue first thanked her for being willing to pay him but then declined payment. This seemed silly to her. She had asked him to go out of his way to do something for her, he had done it – this was a business arrangement. It was as silly as if she had expected the milliner to give her a hat as a present. Certainly they always paid the photographer at home, whenever Mama decided it was time for another formal photograph to be taken of any or all of them….

“You like to take photograph of me?” asked Tatiana, slightly amused by this thought at first and then slightly disconcerted by it.

Of course she had snapped casual shots of her parents and siblings and even her friends from time to time, but – that was different. She had never even been formally introduced to Mordue here until the end of last year, though she had seen him around the Gardens often enough before that with his camera. Surely he had not been aiming to photograph her all along! That would be very strange, and also alarming – it sounded like what Rodion Alexandrovich might do, and he was taking Anya away from them. Tatiana did not want to get engaged and then get married and go away from her family, much less marry an American, or have some American wanting to marry her. Stars, what if Papa approved such a notion? Mama and Papa had both always said they would not try to make her or her sisters marry against their inclinations, which Tatiana was sure for her would mean never marrying at all, but….

  • Rejecting those terms.Nathaniel Mordue, Thu Aug 16 13:53
    Nathaniel often took his time over breakfast, but often had different reasons on different days for doing that. Sometimes, it was because he was turning over papers, letters to and from home or the... more
    • Misinterpreting that. — Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 16 13:54
      • Trying to correct that.Nathaniel Mordue, Thu Aug 16 13:55
        “You like to take photograph of me?” asked Tatiana, and Nathaniel’s eyes widened in horror as he realized what that might have sounded like. “No,” he said, too quickly, and then realized he might... more
        • More or less understanding now.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 16 13:56
          Nathaniel’s explanation still didn’t explain why he didn’t want money for having gone out of his way, but did at least seem to dismiss the idea that he was somehow in love with her. This, Tatiana... more
          • Expressing curiosity.Nathaniel Mordue, Thu Aug 16 13:57
            Nathaniel was surprised to hear Tatiana talk about photography – she seemed too flighty for something that required sitting and really thinking about the shot and how to make it its best, or even to... more
            • Losing interest.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 16 13:57
              Tatiana hesitated for a moment, taking time to comprehend the English sentences with less-than-perfect structure which had just been lobbed in her direction, and then shrugged in response to the... more
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