began Stepan Arkadyevitch, in the simplicity of his heart accepting as sterling
coin Princess Myakaya's words "tell me about her.
I was now master, all on a sudden, of above five thousand pounds sterling
in money, and had an estate, as I might well call it, in the Brazils, of above a thousand pounds a year, as sure as an estate of lands in England: and, in a word, I was in a condition which I scarce knew how to understand, or how to compose myself for the enjoyment of it.
With all these sterling
attributes, thought Hester, the evil which she inherited from her mother must be great indeed, if a noble woman do not grow out of this elfish child.
I dozed off, myself, in considering the question whether I ought to restore a couple of pounds sterling
to this creature before losing sight of him, and how it could best be done.