By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first released in English as A uncooked Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a na•ve 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and critiques. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he's torn among his wish to reveal his father’s wrongdoing and the will to win his love. He travels to St. Petersburg to confront the daddy he slightly is aware, encouraged via an inchoate dream of communion and armed with a mysterious record that he believes supplies him energy over others. This new English model via the main acclaimed of Dostoevsky’s translators is a masterpiece of pathos and excessive comedy.
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I suddenly heard beside me the voice of a gentleman in a dark blue coat, well dressed and of an imposing air. He was too late. "I'm too late. Ah, what a pity! " "Ah, what a pity! " "Let's step out," I whispered to him, my heart skipping a beat. We went out to the stairway "I'll let you have it for ten roubles," I said, feeling a chill in my spine. "Ten roubles! " He stared wide-eyed at me; I was well dressed, in no way resembled a Jew or a retailer. "Merciful heavens, it's a trashy old album, who needs it?
Her expression was kind, perhaps, but with a wrinkle. She could not have been especially brilliant intellectually, at least not in a higher sense, but one could see cunning in her eyes. No more than nineteen years old. In short, nothing remarkable. We'd have called her a "pillow" in high school. ) By the way, everything I've been describing so far, with such apparently unnecessary detail, all leads to the future and will be needed there. It will all echo in its own place: I've been unable to avoid it; and if it's boring, I beg you not to read it.
In trifles, in certain social manners, one can do God knows what with me, and I've always cursed this trait in myself. Out of some stinking goodnaturedness, I have sometimes been ready to yes even some society fop, seduced solely by his courtesy, or to get into an argument with a fool, which is most unpardonable. All from lack of self-control and from having grown up in a corner. You go away angry and swearing that tomorrow it won't be repeated, but tomorrow the same thing happens again. That's why I've sometimes been taken almost for a sixteen-year-old.
The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoyevsky