page 115 of 672 of Empire of the Czar

Custine swings between ennui and outright contempt while experiencing St. Petersburg for the first time. He is most concerned with how the citizens are all running errands and awaiting orders. He does make a keen observation about the austerity of Peter The Great and how Russia built for the future, not the past.

And then he realized he was going to be late and so runs off to carry out his orders, too! HA!