Bilibin saved up his epigrams to produce them in Countess Bezukhova's presence.
To be received in the Countess Bezukhova's salon was regarded as a diploma of intellect.
"That is Bezukhova's brother, Anatole Kuragin," she said, indicating a handsome officer of the Horse Guards who passed by them with head erect, looking at something over the heads of the ladies.
While conversing with Pierre, Natasha heard a man's voice in Countess Bezukhova's box and something told her it was Kuragin.
On hearing of Countess Bezukhova's visit and the invitation for that evening, Marya Dmitrievna remarked: