It eased him a little to discuss the situation with him; and to realise that numerous people beside himself were suffering from loss of money made his own trouble a little less intolerable.
It meant that he must accept the loss. His pride made him answer calmly.
It lasted him six weeks; then he wrote to his uncle a letter which he thought very business-like; he said that owing to the war he had had grave losses and could not go on with his studies unless his uncle came to his help.
Madame Sviazhskaya had just told him at tea that they had that summer invited a Gemman expert in bookkeeping from Moscow, who for a consideration of five hundred roubles had investigated the management of their property, and found that it was costing them a loss
of three thousand odd roubles.
The Nez Perces, however, notwithstanding their recent loss, were still careless of their horses; merely driving them to some secluded spot, and leaving them there for the night, without setting any guard upon them.
As yet I have sustained no loss; thanks to the precautions which you have slighted; but my property is too unsafe here; my turn will come next; I and my people will share the contempt you are bringing upon yourselves, and will be thought, like you, poor-spirited beings, who may at any time be plundered with impunity."
Beside this, he recommended the organization of minor war parties, to make reprisals to the extent of the losses sustained.
We had no loss on our side: The enemy had one killed, and two wounded.
The enemy's loss uncertain, only two scalps being taken.
'The time has been when nothing could have moved me like the loss of this great sum.
If you shouldn't find her out, you'll pay expenses at the Saracen, and something for loss of time?'
But the fact is, that being, as I am, to inherit this estate after the death of your honoured father (who, however, may live many years longer), I could not satisfy myself without resolving to choose a wife from among his daughters, that the loss
to them might be as little as possible, when the melancholy event takes place-- which, however, as I have already said, may not be for several years.