“We have three little children and Katerina Ivanovna is at work from morning till night; she is scrubbing and cleaning and washing the children, for she's been used to cleanliness from a child. But her chest is weak and she has a tendency to consumption and I feel it! Do you suppose I don't feel it? And the more I drink the more I feel it. That's why I drink too. I try to find sympathy and feeling in drink…. I drink so that I may suffer twice as much!»
And as though in despair he laid his head down on the table.
«Young man,» he went on, raising his head again, «in your face I seem to read some trouble of mind. When you came in I read it, and that was why I addressed you at once.”