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.
He spoke English and French with a warbling accent, wrote a beautiful hand, understood bookkeeping
, and cherished in his innermost heart the worship of evil spirits.
On the piteous spectacle of the pair spending their evenings in shorthand schools and polytechnic classes, learning bookkeeping
and typewriting with incipient junior clerks, male and female, from the elementary schools, let me not dwell.