'"Father," he thought. "Father" (though there were two portraits of a good likeness in the house, Nikolenka never pictured Prince Andrei in his human image), "father was with me and caressed me. He approved of me, he approved of Uncle Pierre.'
Tolstoy keeps his characters so honest. It is heartbreaking that Nikolenka is a rather pathetic teenager, but he's so real! -- Lola
from page 705-706, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1178-1179