He hastened to the side-door with Ali, entered hurriedly, and by the servants' staircase, of which he had the key, gained his bedroom without opening or disarranging
a single curtain, without even the porter having the slightest suspicion that the house, which he supposed empty, contained its chief occupant.
And Korsunsky began waltzing with measured steps straight towards the group in the left corner, continually saying, "Pardon, mesdames, pardon, pardon, mesdames"; and steering his course through the sea of lace, tulle, and ribbon, and not disarranging
a feather, he turned his partner sharply round, so that her slim ankles, in light transparent stockings, were exposed to view, and her train floated out in fan shape and covered Krivin's knees.
We, like Frannie, search fruitlessly for the structure in the chaos, for the pattern that will give order and meaning to the bewildering rush of events surrounding us; we, like Frannie, strive desperately to preserve our agency and a cohesive sense of self amidst the disarranging
collision of past assumptions and present uncertainties, old faiths and current doubts.