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A conversation ensues between Bazarov and Paul, during breakfast. Paul questions him about his opinion about the Germans. Bazarov claims their scientists to be more advanced than the Russia ones. His detachment irks Paul. The continued inquisition tires Bazarov. Thankfully Nicholas intervenes when Arcady chastises him for being offensive to his uncle, Bazarov openly claims his hatred for the aristocrats, who according to him merely ponder to their personal vanity. Arcady then insists on relating to him his uncle’s past history.
The ill will between Bazarov and Paul is on the increase. Open, heated discussions take place about touchy topics like the Germans as against the Russians. Paul with some sharp comments tries to instigate Bazarov into losing his temper, but Bazarov is detached and undisturbed. Paul tries to cross- question him about having no beliefs in authority. All that Bazarov says is "if they talk sense, I’ll agree with them."
It is Nicholas’ timely intervention that stops a virtual fight from ensuing. Arcady however attempts to side with his uncle, and wishes to relate his past. The next chapter describes the incidents of his past.