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Tatiana Vorontsova
More or less understanding now.
Thu Aug 16, 2018 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 thought, was a very good thing, and so she would not question it much further.

“Why not people?” she asked, curious now that she didn’t feel the immediate need to flee his presence as quickly as possible before he could work up to a proposal. “I take pictures – my family, my friends. Fun to do that. Some with color – some without – paint some colors onto them, when they none have on them.”

It really was, she thought, distracted from the conversation by her own achievement, getting easier to think of words to explain concepts she didn’t know the single English word for. Partially colorizing black and white photographs was great fun at home – something that could sometimes end with things Mama or Nadezhda called artistic, and something which could sometimes end with Katya and Alyosha giggling over a picture of Mama with bright red hair, or a sister with a dress where the watercolor paints ran and blended in a way that no sensible person would ever wear on a dress, or Tatiana making a picture look as though she had been wearing a dress she liked much better than the dress she had actually been wearing. Explaining all that would have been much easier in Russian, but she thought she had done an acceptable job in English.

  • 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
      • 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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