Policemen, Bears and Brothels

 “…what on Earth did they do?” asked the countess.

“They’re perfect ruffians, especially Dolokhov,” said the guest. “…the three of them found a bear somewhere, put it in the carriage with them, and went to [a brothel]. The police came running to quiet them down. They took a policeman and tied him back to back with the bear, and threw the bear into the [river]. So the bear goes swimming about with the policeman on him.”

“A fine figure the policeman must have cut, ma chere,” cried the count, dying with laughter.

“Ah, how terrible! What is there to laugh about, Count?”

But the ladies could not help laughing themselves.  

-Leo Tolstoy,

War and Peace


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