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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. 1868 The Idiot 1870 The Eternal Husband 1871 The Dostoevskys return to St Petersburg. Birth of their first son, Fyodor (16 July). 1871–2 Devils (also called The Possessed) 1873–4 Edits the weekly journal Grazhdanin.

The reports went on to say that she jumped out and fell to the ground holding in her hands an icon. This icon in the hands is a strange and unheard-of feature in a suicide! This is a sort of meek, humble suicide. It would appear that there was no fuss or reproach here: it simply became impossible to go on living; ‘God did not wish it’—and she died, having said her prayers. There are certain things, no matter how simple they seem at first, that you cannot get out of your mind for a long time, they somehow come to you in your dream, and it is even as though you yourself are to blame for them.

P. 66) I’m fond of proud little girls. The proud ones are especially nice when … well, when you’re confident of your power over them, eh? (p. 70) The reader familiar with Notes from the Underground will recognize here the same despotism and will to power that drive the Underground Man in his seduction of the prostitute Liza. Surprisingly perhaps, both the pawnbroker and his predecessor entertain the thought that they might actually love their victims, but for such monsters love and tyranny are inseparable.

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