Classical Usage: In Chapter I of Part Four we meet Arkady Ivanovitch Svidrigailov, up until now we’ve only known him as Dunya’s former employer and dead Marfa’s husband. You didn’t say, “What Marfa?” like both Raskolnikov and Razumikhin, did you? You know, Marfa, who died at the public bath after her husband gave her a little beating? Yeah, that Svid is a really great guy. Just listen to what he has to say for himself concerning her death: “Marfa Petrovna may even have been glad of my, shall we say, enthusiasm . . . I won’t even mention the fact that there are occasions when women find it extremely agreeable to be insulted, for all their apparent indignation . . . man in general finds it extremely pleasant to be insulted – have you noticed? But it’s especially so with women. One might even say it’s their only provender.”
Classically Mad Usage: Are you kidding me? There’s another word for food that I didn’t know about? This is great news, people. Great news. I think I’ll have some celebratory provender. Oh, did I mention that it’s normally used to describe dry animal fodder? Yum.