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The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter XII The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter XII

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter XII
PART IV - CHAPTER XIIWHEN the widow hurried away to Pavlofsk, she went straight to Daria Alexeyevna's house, and telling all she knew, threw her into a state of great alarm. Both ladies decided to communicate at once with Lebedeff, who, as the friend and landlord of the prince, was also much agitated. Vera Lebedeff told all she knew, and by Lebedeff's advice it was decided that all three should go to Petersburg as quickly as possible, in order to avert "what might so easily happen."This is how it came about that at eleven o'clock next morning Rogojin's flat was opened... Long Stories - Post by : nichols74 - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 902

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter XI The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter XI

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter XI
PART IV - CHAPTER XIAN hour later he was in St. Petersburg, and by ten o'clock he had rung the bell at Rogojin's.He had gone to the front door, and was kept waiting a long while before anyone came. At last the door of old Mrs. Rogojin's flat was opened, and an aged servant appeared."Parfen Semionovitch is not at home," she announced from the doorway. "Whom do you want?""Parfen Semionovitch.""He is not in."The old woman examined the prince from head to foot with great curiosity."At all events tell me whether he slept at home last night, and whether he came alone?"The... Long Stories - Post by : kewlkash - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 2793

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter X The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter X

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter X
PART IV - CHAPTER XTHE prince did not die before his wedding--either by day or night, as he had foretold that he might. Very probably he passed disturbed nights, and was afflicted with bad dreams; but, during the daytime, among his fellow-men, he seemed as kind as ever, and even contented; only a little thoughtful when alone.The wedding was hurried on. The day was fixed for exactly a week after Evgenie's visit to the prince. In the face of such haste as this, even the prince's best friends (if he had had any) would have felt the hopelessness of any attempt... Long Stories - Post by : TheWonderer - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 678

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter IX The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter IX

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter IX
PART IV - CHAPTER IXA FORTNIGHT had passed since the events recorded in the last chapter, and the position of the actors in our story had become so changed that it is almost impossible for us to continue the tale without some few explanations. Yet we feel that we ought to limit ourselves to the simple record of facts, without much attempt at explanation, for a very patent reason: because we ourselves have the greatest possible difficulty in accounting for the facts to be recorded. Such a statement on our part may appear strange to the reader. How is anyone to... Long Stories - Post by : Woodrow - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 3067

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter VIII The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter VIII

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter VIII
PART IV - CHAPTER VIIITHIS same morning dawned for the prince pregnant with no less painful presentiments,--which fact his physical state was, of course, quite enough to account for; but he was so indefinably melancholy,--his sadness could not attach itself to anything in particular, and this tormented him more than anything else. Of course certain facts stood before him, clear and painful, but his sadness went beyond all that he could remember or imagine; he realized that he was powerless to console himself unaided. Little by little he began to develop the expectation that this day something important, something decisive, was... Long Stories - Post by : Carmen - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 648

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter VII The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter VII

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter VII
PART IV - CHAPTER VIIWHILE he feasted his eyes upon Aglaya, as she talked merrily with Evgenie and Prince N., suddenly the old anglomaniac, who was talking to the dignitary in another corner of the room, apparently telling him a story about something or other--suddenly this gentleman pronounced the name of "Nicolai Andreevitch Pavlicheff" aloud. The prince quickly turned towards him, and listened.The conversation had been on the subject of land, and the present disorders, and there must have been something amusing said, for the old man had begun to laugh at his companion's heated expressions.The latter was describing in eloquent... Long Stories - Post by : Diver - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 2389

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter VI The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter VI

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter VI
PART IV - CHAPTER VIAs to the evening party at the Epanchins' at which Princess Bielokonski was to be present, Varia had reported with accuracy; though she had perhaps expressed herself too strongly.The thing was decided in a hurry and with a certain amount of quite unnecessary excitement, doubtless because "nothing could be done in this house like anywhere else."The impatience of Lizabetha Prokofievna "to get things settled" explained a good deal, as well as the anxiety of both parents for the happiness of their beloved daughter. Besides, Princess Bielokonski was going away soon, and they hoped that she would take... Long Stories - Post by : lithotoyz - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 2817

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter V The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter V

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter V
PART IV - CHAPTER VIN point of fact, Varia had rather exaggerated the certainty of her news as to the prince's betrothal to Aglaya. Very likely, with the perspicacity of her sex, she gave out as an accomplished fact what she felt was pretty sure to become a fact in a few days. Perhaps she could not resist the satisfaction of pouring one last drop of bitterness into her brother Gania's cup, in spite of her love for him. At all events, she had been unable to obtain any definite news from the Epanchin girls--the most she could get out of... Long Stories - Post by : cjberry - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 1956

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter IV The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter IV

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter IV
PART IV - CHAPTER IVTHE time appointed was twelve o'clock, and the prince, returning home unexpectedly late, found the general waiting for him. At the first glance, he saw that the latter was displeased, perhaps because he had been kept waiting. The prince apologized, and quickly took a seat. He seemed strangely timid before the general this morning, for some reason, and felt as though his visitor were some piece of china which he was afraid of breaking.On scrutinizing him, the prince soon saw that the general was quite a different man from what he had been the day before; he... Long Stories - Post by : deltadawnw - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 2393

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter III The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter III

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter III
PART IV - CHAPTER IIIAs a general rule, old General Ivolgin's paroxysms ended in smoke. He had before this experienced fits of sudden fury, but not very often, because he was really a man of peaceful and kindly disposition. He had tried hundreds of times to overcome the dissolute habits which he had contracted of late years. He would suddenly remember that he was "a father," would be reconciled with his wife, and shed genuine tears. His feeling for Nina Alexandrovna amounted almost to adoration; she had pardoned so much in silence, and loved him still in spite of the state... Long Stories - Post by : JohnWilliams - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 1858

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter II The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter II

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter II
PART IV - CHAPTER IIHIPPOLYTE had now been five days at the Ptitsins'. His flitting from the prince's to these new quarters had been brought about quite naturally and without many words. He did not quarrel with the prince--in fact, they seemed to part as friends. Gania, who had been hostile enough on that eventful evening, had himself come to see him a couple of days later, probably in obedience to some sudden impulse. For some reason or other, Rogojin too had begun to visit the sick boy. The prince thought it might be better for him to move away from... Long Stories - Post by : krissie20 - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 2656

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter I The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter I

The Idiot - PART IV - Chapter I
PART IV - CHAPTER IA WEEK had elapsed since the rendezvous of our two friends on the green bench in the park, when, one fine morning at about half- past ten o'clock, Varvara Ardalionovna, otherwise Mrs. Ptitsin, who had been out to visit a friend, returned home in a state of considerable mental depression.There are certain people of whom it is difficult to say anything which will at once throw them into relief--in other words, describe them graphically in their typical characteristics. These are they who are generally known as "commonplace people," and this class comprises, of course, the immense majority... Long Stories - Post by : ibukai - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 2561

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter X The Idiot - PART III - Chapter X

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter X
PART III - CHAPTER XTHE prince understood at last why he shivered with dread every time he thought of the three letters in his pocket, and why he had put off reading them until the evening.When he fell into a heavy sleep on the sofa on the verandah, without having had the courage to open a single one of the three envelopes, he again dreamed a painful dream, and once more that poor, "sinful" woman appeared to him. Again she gazed at him with tears sparkling on her long lashes, and beckoned him after her; and again he awoke, as before,... Long Stories - Post by : Saadia_Tariq - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 1976

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter IX The Idiot - PART III - Chapter IX

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter IX
PART III - CHAPTER IXARRIVED at her house, Lizabetha Prokofievna paused in the first room. She could go no farther, and subsided on to a couch quite exhausted; too feeble to remember so much as to ask the prince to take a seat. This was a large reception-room, full of flowers, and with a glass door leading into the garden.Alexandra and Adelaida came in almost immediately, and looked inquiringly at the prince and their mother.The girls generally rose at about nine in the morning in the country; Aglaya, of late, had been in the habit of getting up rather earlier and... Long Stories - Post by : PaleHorse - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 1714

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter VIII The Idiot - PART III - Chapter VIII

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter VIII
PART III - CHAPTER VIIISHE laughed, but she was rather angry too."He's asleep! You were asleep," she said, with contemptuous surprise."Is it really you?" muttered the prince, not quite himself as yet, and recognizing her with a start of amazement. "Oh yes, of course," he added, "this is our rendezvous. I fell asleep here.""So I saw.""Did no one awake me besides yourself? Was there no one else here? I thought there was another woman.""There was another woman here?"At last he was wide awake."It was a dream, of course," he said, musingly. "Strange that I should have a dream like that at... Long Stories - Post by : calvin_thompson - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 1020

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter VII The Idiot - PART III - Chapter VII

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter VII
PART III - CHAPTER VII"I HAD a small pocket pistol. I had procured it while still a boy, at that droll age when the stories of duels and highwaymen begin to delight one, and when one imagines oneself nobly standing fire at some future day, in a duel."There were a couple of old bullets in the bag which contained the pistol, and powder enough in an old flask for two or three charges."The pistol was a wretched thing, very crooked and wouldn't carry farther than fifteen paces at the most. However, it would send your skull flying well enough if you... Long Stories - Post by : correctb - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 1725

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter VI The Idiot - PART III - Chapter VI

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter VI
PART III - CHAPTER VI"I WILL not deceive you. 'Reality' got me so entrapped in its meshes now and again during the past six months, that I forgot my 'sentence' (or perhaps I did not wish to think of it), and actually busied myself with affairs."A word as to my circumstances. When, eight months since, I became very ill, I threw up all my old connections and dropped all my old companions. As I was always a gloomy, morose sort of individual, my friends easily forgot me; of course, they would have forgotten me all the same, without that excuse. My... Long Stories - Post by : goldstar - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 1081

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter V The Idiot - PART III - Chapter V

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter V
PART III - CHAPTER VHIPPOLYTE, who had fallen asleep during Lebedeff's discourse, now suddenly woke up, just as though someone had jogged him in the side. He shuddered, raised himself on his arm, gazed around, and grew very pale. A look almost of terror crossed his face as he recollected."What! are they all off? Is it all over? Is the sun up?" He trembled, and caught at the prince's hand. "What time is it? Tell me, quick, for goodness' sake! How long have I slept?" he added, almost in despair, just as though he had overslept something upon which his whole... Long Stories - Post by : megaman - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 2387

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter IV The Idiot - PART III - Chapter IV

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter IV
PART III - CHAPTER IVTHE prince observed with great surprise, as he approached his villa, accompanied by Rogojin, that a large number of people were assembled on his verandah, which was brilliantly lighted up. The company seemed merry and were noisily laughing and talking--even quarrelling, to judge from the sounds. At all events they were clearly enjoying themselves, and the prince observed further on closer investigation--that all had been drinking champagne. To judge from the lively condition of some of the party, it was to be supposed that a considerable quantity of champagne had been consumed already.All the guests were known... Long Stories - Post by : Mikeff - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 1844

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter III The Idiot - PART III - Chapter III

The Idiot - PART III - Chapter III
PART III - CHAPTER IIITHE occurrence at the Vauxhall had filled both mother and daughters with something like horror. In their excitement Lizabetha Prokofievna and the girls were nearly running all the way home.In her opinion there was so much disclosed and laid bare by the episode, that, in spite of the chaotic condition of her mind, she was able to feel more or less decided on certain points which, up to now, had been in a cloudy condition.However, one and all of the party realized that something important had happened, and that, perhaps fortunately enough, something which had hitherto been... Long Stories - Post by : Noah_Fleming - Date : March 2012 - Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read : 3015