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As Catherine is protesting that Sergius should not resign

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As Catherine is protesting that Sergius should not resign — the women, she says, are for him —  Sergius suddenly asks, "Where is Raina?" At that very moment, Raina enters sweepingly,  announcing, "Raina is here." Sergius drops chivalrously on one knee to kiss her hand. While Raina's  father is impressed with the fact that Raina "always appears at the right moment," her mother is  annoyed because she knows that Raina always listens at doorways in order to make her entrance at  exactly the right moment. Catherine pronounces it to be "an abominable habit." Raina then welcomes her father home, and again they discuss Sergius' military career. Sergius now  views war in a very cynical manner; according to him, there is nothing heroic nor romantic about it.  "Soldiering is the coward's art of attacking mercilessly when you are strong, and keeping out of  harm's way when you are weak. . . . Never fight [your enemy] on equal terms." Furthermore, he now  views soldiering as having too much of the taint of being a trade business, and he  despises  trade; 
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