- (This was Shcherbinin, Konovnitsyn's adjutant.)
- The orderly was striking a light and Shcherbinin was fumbling for something on the candlestick.
- "Who gave the report?" inquired Shcherbinin, taking the envelope.
- "There's nothing to be done, we'll have to wake him," said Shcherbinin, rising and going up to the man in the nightcap who lay covered by a greatcoat.