When reason fails, the devil helps!
 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment (1867). copy citation

Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Source Crime and Punishment
Topic reason devil failure
Date 1867
Language English
Note Translated by Constance Garnett
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2554/2554-h/2554-h.htm


“He dashed to the axe (it was an axe) and pulled it out from under the bench, where it lay between two chunks of wood; at once, before going out, he made it fast in the noose, he thrust both hands into his pockets and went out of the room; no one had noticed him! «When reason fails, the devil helps!» he thought with a strange grin. This chance raised his spirits extraordinarily.
He walked along quietly and sedately, without hurry, to avoid awakening suspicion. He scarcely looked at the passers-by, tried to escape looking at their faces at all, and to be as little noticeable as possible.” source

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