When we first met Nikolai in Part 1 Chapter 24, I felt as though I’d picked up the wrong novel off my desk. We walked into a room full of dense clouds of cheap tobacco smoke. Coarse voices filled the air. The woman present had a less than respectable reputation. The privileged classes were being scorned. The clothing was rough and old.
I half expected to find Levin’s brother conversing with Raskolnikov.