Tatiana Vorontsova
I imagine there are those who would disagree.
Sun Sep 9, 2018 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 had made an impression on the other first years. “Katerina wears gloves outside, yes,” said Tatiana. “Gloves and hat. These keep the sun away.”

Mama would be upset if they got too much sun and it ruined their complexions – they would look like babushkas, their skin withering like leather, if they burned in the sun, or so said Mama. Tatiana had turned lightly brown before when she didn’t take care – indeed, she’d done so fairly often – and she didn’t think she looked like leather, but Mama scolded her and said that it would build on itself until she looked like a babushka at thirty – an age Mama seemed to think was much too young to look like a babushka at. Tatiana supposed it was a good point – babushkas should be much older – but it still seemed like an age impossibly far away from the one she was at right now.

“Katya has hair like this,” said Tatiana, pointing to the amber beads on her necklace. “Blond. Not like mine. She is very good at many things.” She said this with open pride. Katya was not daring, was a bit dull sometimes, but she excelled at all the Accomplishments which a young lady was supposed to have and Tatiana wanted all her classmates to know this about her. Mama held Anya up to Tatiana as an example more often, as Anya was older, but she often compared Katya favorably to Anya at the same time. Tatiana did not think she could really benefit from Katya’s example, she was too impatient, but perhaps the other first years still could.

  • 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
      • 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
              • Both, I think.Evelyn Stones, Fri Sep 21 15:09
                Evelyn wasn't sure what she thought of Tatiana's explanation. It seemed odd to have to visit a parent, and she wasn't sure if Tatiana's idea of 'party' was quite the same as her own. Tatiana herself... more
                • That works.Tatiana Vorontsova, Mon Sep 24 16:19
                  Tatiana thought she understood the gist of Evelyn’s problem, though the philosophical angle was one she’d find it difficult to discuss even in her own language. In English…she had no idea if she... more
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