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I'm sorry to hear that.
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:53

Julius. That was an interesting name. Julius had been the name of the first Caesar – a Roman, but the western Romans had built the great Eastern empire, and Russia was the heir of the Eastern empire. Astley, however, reminded Katya of stories she read which happened in England – it sounded like the name of one of the races rich people went to watch in England in some of her books – so it seemed safer to wait for now and not assume much about his culture except that it thankfully seemed to have involved learning to speak English clearly, or at least to do so as an accommodation to her.

Of course, Katya hoped she would not need such accommodations for long. It was bizarre, the thought of people taking such trouble over her. She had always worked hard to please those around her – it made her uncomfortable to ask much of them. Living among Anglophones all the time, though, surely her English would improve faster than it ever had before – it was true that Tatiana’s was still not good, but her sister had never had the patience to really want to learn to speak properly in English, or to really study languages at all. Even Tatya admitted she had only learned to speak a little English at first because their older brother Grisha had, as was proper for an eldest son in Volshebnaya Derevnya, been learning it, not because she had just wanted to know another language.

“I see,” said Katya, surprised, when Julius Astley said that he did not think it was nice to be here. “I may ask – if I may ask – why is it not?”

  • I'm afraid I don't agree.Julius Astley, Wed Jul 25 10:57
    Julius Astley was already intensely annoyed upon his arrival to Sonora Academy. The ride in the wagons had been uncomfortable and bumpy and the fact that he'd had to share seemed only to enhance his... more
    • I'm sorry to hear that. — Katerina, Wed Jul 25 12:53
      • It's my father who should be sorry.Julius Astley, Wed Jul 25 13:14
        Julius blinked at Katerina, unsure whether to take her question seriously or not. Maybe he was wrong in his assumption and she wasn't a Pureblood after all. Surely she wasn't attracted to the idea to ... more
        • Whatever he did is hardly my fault.Katerina, Wed Jul 25 13:41
          The look on Julius’ face let Katya know at once that she had somehow said something wrong, but it was only when he started talking that she became really concerned that she had somehow gotten English ... more
          • I never said it was.Julius Astley, Wed Jul 25 19:55
            The situation that Julius now found himself in wasn't an uncommon one. It wasn't the first time that he'd offended someone enough to cause them to snap back at him. Though, in Julius's mind, he felt... more
            • "I won't dignify that with a response," she responded.Katerina Vorontsov, Wed Jul 25 20:58
              She was not, Katya decided in the moments after Julius stormed off, going to give up wearing hats just yet, even if she concluded it was definitely not the custom of proper American young ladies.... more
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