By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alan Myers (trans)
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She’s a young girl and bound to have dark hair’, thought I. However, she had seemingly not heard my footsteps and didn’t even stir when I walked by with bated breath and thudding heart. ‘That’s odd’, I thought, ‘she must be very preoccupied about something’; then I suddenly halted, transfixed. I had caught the sound of muffled weeping. Yes! My ears had not deceived me; the girl was crying and a moment later came more and more sobbing. Good heavens! My heart shrank. I might be shy as far as women were concerned, but at such a moment!
In this piece Dostoevsky ironically draws attention to the dreamer as a characteristic Petersburg type, entirely in tune with a city that seemed to the author to encourage withdrawal and alienation and which the hero of Notes from the Underground was later to describe as ‘the most abstract and premeditated city on earth’: Do you know, ladies and gentlemen, what a dreamer is? It is a Petersburg nightmare, it is sin incarnate, it is a tragedy … They [the dreamers] usually live in complete solitude, in some inaccessible quarters, as though they were hiding from people and the world, and, generally, there is something melodramatic about them at first sight.
His first wife dies (15 April). His brother Mikhail dies (10 July). Notes from the Underground. 1865 Epokha collapses for financial reasons (June). 1866 Attempted assassination of Alexander II by Dmitry Karakozov (April). Crime and Punishment The Gambler 1867 Marries Anna Grigorevna Snitkina, his stenographer, as his second wife (15 February) Dostoevsky and his bride leave for western Europe (April). 1867–71 The Dostoevskys reside abroad, chiefly in Dresden, but also in Geneva, Vevey, Florence, and elsewhere.
A Gentle Creature and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alan Myers (trans)