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Reminiscences of Tolstoy - Ilya Tolstoy

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Reminiscences of Tolstoy
by His Son, Count Ilya Tolstoy


 REMINISCENCES OF TOLSTOY

 BY HIS SON, COUNT ILYA TOLSTOY

 TRANSLATED BY GEORGE CALDERON



IN one of his letters to his great-aunt, Alexandra
Andreyevna Tolstoy, my father gives the following
description of his children:


The eldest [Sergei] is fair-haired and good-looking;
there is something weak and patient in his expression, and very
gentle.  His laugh is not infectious; but when he cries, I can
hardly refrain from crying, too.  Every one says he is like my
eldest brother.

I am afraid to believe it.  It is too good to be true.  My
brother's chief characteristic was neither egotism nor self-
renunciation, but a strict mean between the two.  He never
sacrificed himself for any one else; but not only always avoided
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