Monday, April 22, 2019


A Social Gathering

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Notes from Underground, II.2 (tr. Jessie Coulson):
I had enough patience to sit beside these people like a dummy for about four hours, listening to them and not daring, indeed not able, to say a word to them myself. I would sit there dumb, almost paralysed, and sometimes breaking into a sweat; but it did me good. Returning home, I was able to lay aside for a time my desire to embrace all mankind.

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