Sunday, 3 March 2019

Pens in Anna Karenina

The famous Petersburg lawyer's waiting-room was full when Karenin entered it. ... Two clerks sat at their tables writing, and the sound of their pens was audible. The writing-table accessories (of which Karenin was a connoisseur) were unusually good, as he could not help noticing. One of the clerks, without rising from his chair, screwed up his eyes and addressed Karenin ill-humouredly.
"What do you want?"
"I want to see the lawyer on business."
"The lawyer is engaged," replied the assistant sternly, and indicated with his pen the persons who were waiting.

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina