Perfect strangers | Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1866



“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us 
at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment, 1866


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  1. Raskolnikov was not used to crowds, and, as we said before, he avoided society of every sort, more especially of late. But now all at once he felt a desire to be with other people. Something new seemed to be taking place within him, and with it he felt a sort of thirst for company. He was so weary after a whole month of concentrated wretchedness and gloomy excitement that he longed to rest, if only for a moment, in some other world, whatever it might be; and, in spite of the filthiness of the surroundings, he was glad now to stay in the tavern.

    There are chance meetings with strangers that interest us from the first moment, before a word is spoken. Such was the impression made on Raskolnikov by the person sitting a little distance from him, who looked like a retired clerk. The young man often recalled his impression afterwards, and even ascribed it to presentiment. He looked repeatedly at the clerk, partly no doubt because the latter was staring persistently at him, obviously anxious to enter into conversation. At the other persons in the room, including the tavern-keeper, the clerk looked as though he were used to their company, and weary of it, showing a shade of condescending contempt for them as persons of station and culture inferior to his own, with whom it would be useless for him to converse.


    Fyodor Dostoevsky / Crime and Punishment / Part I / Chapter II / 1866


    http://www.moviemail.com/film/dvd/Crime-and-Punishment-Kulidzhanov-1969/?utm_expid=298190-7.PHIM0o0vSnS7-sgCJPMH1A.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.gr%2F
    Crime and Punishment / 1969 / dir. Lev Kulidzhanov

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