The Death of Ivan Ilych

Which sentence in this excerpt from Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich suggests that Ivan Ilyich aspired to be part of the elite in society from a young age?

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From the text:

Neither as a boy nor as a man was he a toady, but from early youth was by nature attracted to people of high station as a fly is drawn to the light, assimilating their ways and views of life and establishing friendly relations with them.


The Death of Ivan Ilych