Hand this to Count Willarski (he took out his notebook and wrote a few words on a large sheet of paper folded in four).
Willarski bowed his head.
"In that case..." began Willarski, but Pierre interrupted him.
"In that case we can go," said Willarski.
Willarski was silent throughout the drive.
To Pierre's inquiries as to what he must do and how he should answer, Willarski only replied that brothers more worthy than he would test him and that Pierre had only to tell the truth.
Willarski, stepping toward him, said something to him in French in an undertone and then went up to a small wardrobe in which Pierre noticed garments such as he had never seen before.
His huge figure, with arms hanging down and with a puckered, though smiling face, moved after Willarski with uncertain, timid steps.
Having led him about ten paces, Willarski stopped.
"When you hear a knock at the door, you will uncover your eyes," added Willarski.
Soon after this there came into the dark chamber to fetch Pierre, not the Rhetor but Pierre's sponsor, Willarski, whom he recognized by his voice.
Willarski coughed, he was answered by the masonic knock with mallets, the doors opened before them.
Such were Willarski and even the Grand Master of the principal lodge.
During the last days of Pierre's stay in Orel his old masonic acquaintance Count Willarski, who had introduced him to the lodge in 1807, came to see him.
Willarski was married to a Russian heiress who had a large estate in Orel province, and he occupied a temporary post in the commissariat department in that town.
Willarski felt dull in Orel and was pleased to meet a man of his own circle and, as he supposed, of similar interests.
But to his surprise Willarski soon noticed that Pierre had lagged much behind the times, and had sunk, as he expressed it to himself, into apathy and egotism.
Willarski was a married man with a family, busy with his family affairs, his wife's affairs, and his official duties.
Willarski was going to Moscow and they agreed to travel together.
The presence and remarks of Willarski who continually deplored the ignorance and poverty of Russia and its backwardness compared with Europe only heightened Pierre's pleasure.
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