“You, Alexey, I've many times silently blessed for your face, know that,» added the elder with a gentle smile. «This is what I think of you, you will go forth from these walls, but will live like a monk in the world. You will have many enemies, but even your foes will love you. Life will bring you many misfortunes, but you will find your happiness in them, [pg 314] and will bless life and will make others bless it—which is what matters most.
Well, that is your character. Fathers and teachers,» he addressed his friends with a tender smile, «I have never till to-day told even him why the face of this youth is so dear to me. Now I will tell you.”