Ill go, sweetie!
And he darted down into the saloon below. Raskolnikov moved on.
I say, sir, the girl shouted after him.
What is it?
Ill always be pleased to spend an hour with you, kind gentleman, but now I feel shy. Give me six copecks for a drink, theres a nice young man!
Raskolnikov gave her what came firstfifteen copecks.
Ah, what a good-natured gentleman!
Whats your name?
Ask for Duclida.
Well, thats too much, one of the women observed, shaking her head at Duclida. I dont know how you can ask like that. I believe I should drop with shame.
Raskolnikov looked curiously at the speaker. She was a pock-marked wench of thirty, covered with bruises, with her upper lip swollen. She made her criticism quietly and earnestly. Where is it, thought Raskolnikov. Where is it Ive read that someone condemned to death says or thinks, an hour before his death, that if he had to live on some high rock, on such a narrow ledge that hed only room to stand, and the ocean, everlasting darkness, everlasting solitude, everlasting tempest around him, if he had to remain standing on a square yard of space all his life, a thousand years, eternity, it were better to live so than to die at once! Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be! How true it is! Good God, how true! Man is a vile creature! And vile is he who calls him vile for that, he added a moment later.
He went into another street. Bah, the Palais de Cristal! Razumihin was just talking of the Palais de Cristal. But what on earth was it I wanted? Yes, the newspapers. Zossimov said hed read it in the papers. Have you the papers? he asked, going into a very spacious and positively clean restaurant, consisting of several rooms, which were, however, rather empty. Two or three people were drinking tea, and in a room further away were sitting four men drinking champagne. Raskolnikov fancied that Zametov was one of them, but he could not be sure at that distance. What if it is? he thought.
Will you have vodka? asked the waiter.
Give me some tea and bring me the papers, the old ones for the last five days, and Ill give you something.
Yes, sir, heres to-days. No vodka?
The old newspapers and the tea were brought. Raskolnikov sat down and began to look through them.
Oh, damn these are the items of intelligence. An accident on a staircase, spontaneous combustion of a shopkeeper from alcohol, a fire in Peski a fire in the Petersburg quarter another fire in the Petersburg quarter and another fire in the Petersburg quarter. Ah, here it is! He found at last what he was seeking and began to read it. The lines danced before his eyes, but he read it all and began eagerly seeking later additions in the following numbers. His hands shook with nervous impatience as he turned the sheets. Suddenly someone sat down beside him at his table. He looked up, it was the head clerk Zametov, looking just the same, with the rings on his fingers and the watch-chain, with the curly, black hair, parted and pomaded, with the smart waistcoat, rather shabby coat and doubtful linen. He was in a good humour,
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