By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The fast works of Dostoevsky exist within the very huge shadow of his dazzling longer novels, yet they too are between literature's so much respected works and supply keys to realizing the topics in his longer works. Contained during this quantity are the fast tales "White Nights," "A Disgraceful Affair," and "The Dream of the Ridiculous Man," 3 of Dostoevsky's such a lot troubling, relocating, and poignant works. along A DISGRACEFUL AFFAIR, Harper Perennial will put up the fast fiction of Stephen Crane, Herman Melville, Willa Cather, Leo Tolstoy, and Oscar Wilde to be packaged in a fantastically designed, boldly colourful boxset within the objective to draw modern enthusiasts of brief fiction to those respected masters of the shape. additionally, in every one of those choices will seem a narrative from one of many new collections being released in 2009. a narrative from Barb Johnson's impending assortment can be revealed behind this quantity.
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Why does even the best of us seem to hide something from other people and keep something back from them? Why don’t we say straight out what’s in our hearts, if we know that our words will not be spoken in vain? As it is, everyone seems to look as though he were much harder than he really is. ” “Oh, Nastenka, you’re quite right, but there are many reasons for that,” I interrupted, for I knew that I myself was suppressing my feelings at that moment more than ever before. ” she replied with great feeling.
All right, all right! Now listen to me carefully: I arranged with him that he’d let me know as soon as he came back by leaving a letter for me at the house of some people I know— they are very nice, simple people who know nothing about the whole thing; and that if he couldn’t write me a letter because one can’t say all one wants in a letter, he’d come here, where we had arranged to meet, at exactly ten o’clock on the very first day of his arrival. Now, I know he has arrived, but for two days he hasn’t turned up, nor have I had a letter from him.
At first she kept on laughing at everything; every word of mine provoked a peal of laughter from her. I began talking, but lapsed into silence. ” she said. “Do you know why I’m so glad when I look at you? ” I asked, and my heart trembled. “I love you so, because you haven’t fallen in love with me. Another man in your place would, I’m sure, have begun to pester me, to worry me. ” Here she clasped my hand with such force that I almost cried out. She laughed. ” she began a minute later, speaking very seriously.
A Disgraceful Affair: Stories (Harper Perennial Classic Stories) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky