“«It seems to me,» Alexey Alexandrovitch said languidly, and with no haste, «that that's the same thing. In my opinion, influence over another people is only possible to the people which has the higher development, which….»
«But that's just the question,» Pestsov broke in in his bass. He was always in a hurry to speak, and seemed always to put his whole soul into what he was saying.
«In what are we to make higher development consist? The English, the French, the Germans, which is at the highest stage of development? Which of them will nationalize the other? We see the Rhine provinces have been turned French, but the Germans are not at a lower stage!»”