Even his hair, touched here and there with grey, though it had been combed and curled at a hairdressers, did not give him a stupid appearance, as curled hair usually does, by inevitably suggesting a German on his wedding-day. If there really was something unpleasing and repulsive in his rather good-looking and imposing countenance, it was due to quite other causes. After scanning Mr. Luzhin unceremoniously, Raskolnikov smiled malignantly, sank back on the pillow and stared at the ceiling as before.
But Mr. Luzhin hardened his heart and seemed to determine to take no notice of their oddities.
I feel the greatest regret at finding you in this situation, he began, again breaking the silence with an effort. If I had been aware of your illness I should have come earlier. But you know what business is. I have, too, a very important legal affair in the Senate, not to mention other preoccupations which you may well conjecture. I am expecting your mamma and sister any minute.
Raskolnikov made a movement and seemed about to speak; his face showed some excitement. Pyotr Petrovitch paused, waited, but as nothing followed, he went on:
Any minute. I have found a lodging for them on their arrival.
Where? asked Raskolnikov weakly.
Very near here, in Bakaleyevs house.
Thats in Voskresensky, put in Razumihin. There are two storeys of rooms, let by a merchant called Yushin; Ive been there.
A disgusting placefilthy, stinking and, whats more, of doubtful character. Things have happened there, and there are all sorts of queer people living there. And I went there about a scandalous business. Its cheap, though
I could not, of course, find out so much about it, for I am a stranger in Petersburg myself, Pyotr Petrovitch replied huffily. However, the two rooms are exceedingly clean, and as it is for so short a time I have already taken a permanent, that is, our future flat, he said, addressing Raskolnikov, and I am having it done up. And meanwhile I am myself cramped for room in a lodging with my friend Andrey Semyonovitch Lebeziatnikov, in the flat of Madame Lippevechsel; it was he who told me of Bakaleyevs house, too
Lebeziatnikov? said Raskolnikov slowly, as if recalling something.
Yes, Andrey Semyonovitch Lebeziatnikov, a clerk in the Ministry. Do you know him?
Yes no, Raskolnikov answered.
Excuse me, I fancied so from your inquiry. I was once his guardian. A very nice young man and advanced. I like to meet young people: one learns new things from them. Luzhin looked round hopefully at them all.
How do you mean? asked Razumihin.
In the most serious and essential matters, Pyotr Petrovitch replied, as though delighted at the question. You see, its ten years since I visited Petersburg. All the novelties, reforms, ideas have reached us in the provinces, but to see it all more clearly one must be in Petersburg. And its my notion that you observe and learn most by watching the younger generation. And I confess I am delighted
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