By Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy's tumultuous story of ardour and self-discovery marks a turning element within the author's occupation. His compelling, emotional saga recounts the results of nonconformist habit — a society woman's adulterous affair and a landowner's unconventional quest for a significant lifestyles — opposed to a backdrop of overdue 19th-century Russia.
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The flat underneath the old woman's was apparently empty also; the visiting card nailed on the door had been torn off--they had gone away! . He was out of breath. " But he made no answer and began listening at the old woman's door, a dead silence. Then he listened again on the staircase, listened long and intently . . then looked about him for the last time, pulled himself together, drew himself up, and once more tried the axe in the noose. " he wondered. "Am I not evidently agitated? She is mistrustful.
You can't help getting pale . . if you've nothing to eat," he added, with difficulty articulating the words. His strength was failing him again. But his answer sounded like the truth; the old woman took the pledge. " she asked once more, scanning Raskolnikov intently, and weighing the pledge in her hand. "A thing . . cigarette case. . Silver. . " "It does not seem somehow like silver. . " Trying to untie the string and turning to the window, to the light (all her windows were shut, in spite of the stifling heat), she left him altogether for some seconds and stood with her back to him.
Was the thought that flashed through his mind. "But what the devil is he about? . " Time was passing, one minute, and another--no one came. Koch began to be restless. " he cried suddenly and in impatience deserting his sentry duty, he, too, went down, hurrying and thumping with his heavy boots on the stairs. The steps died away. "Good heavens! " Raskolnikov unfastened the hook, opened the door--there was no sound. Abruptly, without any thought at all, he went out, closing the door as thoroughly as he could, and went downstairs.