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Lebedev (The Idiot), Prince Myshkin’s landlord, is a bit of a wildcard: a widower; a drunkard with pretensions to become a lawyer. He is easily given over to telling stories of dubious veracity; renown for his interpretation of the Apocalypse of John.

“My conclusion is vast!”

“Not railways, properly speaking ... but the general tendency of which railways may be considered...”


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