Here’s a fun game for you! Guess which character is referred to by the following direct quotes (without referring back to your notes or novel). First one to guess it wins…bragging rights.
…was an anaemic, scrofulous little man.
…had almost always something wrong with his eyes.
…was conceited in speech.
…was rather stupid.
…was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animate abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarise it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.
With the detailed, rather vitriolic descriptions, I bet Dostoyevsky knew (and disliked) someone just like this. So, do you recall the character?