"Yes, how can you go alone at night like this?" chimed in the
princess. "Anyway, I'll send Parasha."
Kitty saw that Varenka could hardly restrain a smile at the idea
that she needed an escort.
"No, I always go about alone and nothing ever happens to me," she
said, taking her hat. And kissing Kitty once more, without
saying what was important, she stepped out courageously with the
music under her arm and vanished into the twilight of the summer
night, bearing away with her her secret of what was important and
what gave her the calm and dignity so much to be envied.