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By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The quick works of Dostoevsky exist within the very huge shadow of his magnificent longer novels, yet they too are between literature's so much respected works and provide keys to knowing the topics in his longer works. Contained during this quantity are the quick 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 each one of those decisions will look a narrative from one of many new collections being released in 2009. a narrative from Barb Johnson's coming near near assortment could be revealed in the back of this quantity.

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I cried with enthusiasm. ” said Nastenka. ” I replied, giving her my hand. ” “If the other half is as short as this one——” I interrupted, laughing. “Be quiet and listen. First of all you must promise not to interrupt me, or I shall get confused. Well, please listen quietly. “I have an old grandmother. I’ve lived with her ever since I was a little girl, for my mother and father are dead. I suppose my grandmother must have been rich once, for she likes to talk of the good old days. It was she who taught me French and afterwards engaged a teacher for me.

Why is he thrown into such confusion, as though he had just committed some terrible crime within his four walls? As though he had been forging paper money? Or writing some atrocious poetry to be sent to a journal with an anonymous letter, in which he will explain that, the poet having recently died, he, his friend, deems it his sacred duty to publish his verses? Can you tell me, Nastenka, why the conversation between the two friends never really gets going? Why doesn’t laughter or some witty remark escape the lips of the perplexed caller, who had so inopportunely dropped out of the blue, and who at other times is so fond of laughter and all sorts of quips and cranks?

Listen to me, darling Nastenka,’ he began, also speaking through his tears, ‘I promise you solemnly that if at any time I am in a position to marry, you are the only girl in the world I would marry. I assure you that now you are the only one who could make me happy. Now, listen. I’m leaving for Moscow and I shall be away exactly one year. I hope to settle my affairs by that time. When I come back, and if you still love me, I swear to you that we shall be married. I can’t possibly marry you now.

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