I’m still thinking about Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin in Part V, chapter 1. I’m past the “black snake of wounded vanity” part and have moved on to a quote that reminded me of a character from a previous novel.
Luzhin is irritated. He paid for his newlywed apartment (which he no longer needs) to be redecorated and the owner won’t let him break the contract, so he’s out the full amount.
In the same way the upholsterers refused to return a single rouble of the instalment paid for the furniture purchased but not yet removed to the flat.
Am I to get married simply for the sake of the furniture?”
That last line reminded me someone.
Can you guess?
Ah, the good old days of workhouses and orphans.