All the following day Aratov was in very low spirits. What is it, Yasha? Platonida Ivanovna said to him: you seem somehow all loose ends today! In her own peculiar idiom the old ladys expression described fairly accurately Aratovs mental condition. He could not work and he did not know himself what he wanted.
At one time he was eagerly on the watch for Kupfer, again he suspected that it was from Kupfer that Clara had got his address ..and from where else could she have heard so much about him.