Tatiana Vorontsova
You don't seem to have done anything not to deserve it.
Thu Aug 30, 2018 08:53

Tatiana was not entirely sure what the first year meant, but she realized it was complimentary and could not help but look pleased.

“It is hard,” she admitted of languages. “English is not as good as Russian. At home, we are all Russian. English – only my teacher at home speaks good English.” Well, Anton Petrovich, his daughters, and Nadezhda, but talking about Anton Petrovich’s daughters seemed unnecessary and she couldn’t remember the English word for governess off the top of her head. She didn’t think in English very much, even though Anton Petrovich wanted her to do so when she wrote English responses, and so she could not really claim the full compliment Evelyn had offered her, but she enjoyed it just the same.

At home, she heard about how she was smart all the time, even though Grisha, as the eldest son, was better educated and Katya, being Katya, had acquired more languages and sat still and didn’t backchat Mama and could sew. Here, though, it was a rarer thing. Once in a while she might get a margin note saying a teacher thought it seemed like she had a good thought in a paper, but the limitations of language kept her from being a favorite and she suspected some of them thought she was not very smart. Dorian thought she was smart, though – or at least recognized that the quirks of her English didn’t make her stupid, though it got harder each year to deny that he clearly thought of Jehan as the superior between them. For the most part Tatiana liked Jehan, but sometimes, when she thought about that, or was lonely and couldn’t find anyone, it was hard not to resent a little….

She was distracted by Evelyn talking about the ocean. “Ocean – I like it, too,” she said enthusiastically. “I live at a cold ocean, but we go to a warm – “ ah, what was the suffix she wanted “-ing one in summer.”

She looked again at her book when asked about it. “Story book,” said Tatiana. “What kind you like?”

  • By no means! I would just like to be deserving of it.Evelyn Stones, Wed Aug 29 22:22
    Evelyn's eyes lit up as Tatiana spoke. "That's incredible!" she announced, admiring the older student in a new way. "You can think of the world with two sets of words and ideas." Evelyn thought it... more
    • You don't seem to have done anything not to deserve it. — Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 30 08:53
      • I'm glad you think so.Evelyn Stones, Thu Aug 30 11:42
        Evelyn was surprised at first to hear that Tatiana thought English was 'not as good as Russian' but then figured she had the right to think that. She also wasn't sure whether she meant the language... more
        • For whatever my opinion's worth.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 30 16:26
          Bah, she had gotten the word wrong again. She knew it as soon as she heard Evelyn say the one she had wanted. At least, she thought, she could understand the question and the form within it now…. “Go ... more
          • Quite a lot, I should imagine.Evelyn Stones, Thu Aug 30 21:24
            "Glaciers!" Evelyn offered, excited. "That's the big ice that stays on the water all the time. I've only seen them in pictures, that must be amazing." And humbling. One reason Evelyn loved the ocean... more
            • I imagine there are those who would disagree.Tatiana Vorontsova, Sun Sep 9 19:38
              “Glash-sheer,” repeated Tatiana, committing the new word to memory when Evelyn provided the specific term for the big ice in English. “We say lednik . Thank you.” She was pleased to hear that Katya... more
              • Then they are not important.Evelyn Stones, Mon Sep 10 01:05
                Evelyn listened with a sort of silent awe as Tatiana spoke of her sister. That she used a nickname, Katya, was surprising enough, but that she spoke of her so kindly really got to Evelyn. She tried... more
                • That's a bit of a broad statement.Tatiana Vorontsova, Mon Sep 10 18:17
                  Are you two close? Tatiana was more or less accustomed to the times when two words sounded or looked the same but meant nothing like the same thing in English, but sometimes individual words still... more
                  • We decide who matters, might as well throw a wide net.Evelyn Stones, Wed Sep 12 01:40
                    Evelyn thought Tatiana's face was particularly interesting to watch. It wasn't that the older Pecari was necessarily transparent, but she certainly wasn't hard to read either. Evelyn wondered what... more
                    • Over those who do count or those who don't?Tatiana Vorontsova, Wed Sep 12 17:56
                      Tatiana shrugged, not sure what to make of the question about her parents. She knew she understood all the words in the sentence, that wasn’t the problem, it was just…She didn’t know exactly what it... more
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