“it's your nature—you can't help it!»
«My word! what a thing to be melancholy about! Why, do you think I should be any happier if I were to feel disturbed about the excavations you tell me of?» «It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise!
I suppose you don't believe that you have a rival in that quarter?»
«Your insinuations as to rivalry are rather cynical, Hippolyte. I'm sorry to say I have no right to answer you! As for Gania, I put it to you, can any man have a happy mind after passing through what he has had to suffer?”