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Alyosha had been struck by Katerina Ivanovna'sbeauty when, three weeks before, Dmitri had firstbrought him, at Katerina Ivanovna's specialrequest, to be introduced to her. There had been noconversation between them at that interview, however. Supposing Alyosha to be very shy, Katerina Ivanovna had talked all the time to Dmitrito spare him. Alyosha had been silent, but he had seen a great deal very clearly. He was struckby the imperiousness, proud ease, and self-confidence of the haughty girl. And all that wascertain, Alyosha felt that he was not exaggerating it. He thought her great glowing black eyeswere very fine, especially with her pale, even rather sallow, longish face. But in those eyes andin the lines of her exquisite lips there was something with which his brother might well bepassionately in love, but which perhaps could not be loved for long. He expressed this thoughtalmost plainly to Dmitri when, after the visit, his brother besought and insisted that he shouldnot conceal his impressions on seeing his betrothed.
"You'll be very happy with her, but perhaps—not tranquilly happy."
"Quite so, brother. Such people remain always the same. They don't yield to fate. So you thinkI shan't love her for ever."
"No; perhaps you will love her for ever. But perhaps you won't always be happy with her."
Alyosha had given his opinion at the time, blushing, and angry with himself for having yieldedto his brother's entreaties and put such "foolish" ideas into words. For his opinion had struckhim as awfully foolish immediately after he had uttered it. He felt ashamed too of having givenso confident an opinion about a woman.
During his first visit with Katerina, Alyosha is best characterized as ______
A.curious but intimidated.
B.nervous and self-conscious.
C.reserved but observant.
D.impressed and flattered.
Choice C is the best answer. Alyosha doesn't speakduring the meeting, but he does pay attention, watching and listening to Katerina.