Helene- what a master of manipulation. She is strong and willful, looking for the best opportunity in one of the only ways women were allowed- through an advantageous marriage. The fact that she is already married is merely an obstacle to be overcome.
This piece looks like a spider heading for her web. Helene?
from page 293-294, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 838-839