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He comes from English nobility and has a good deal of money. One day while Polina and Alexei are on a walk he swears an oath of servitude to her.
He tells her while on a walk on the Schlangenberg a mountain in the German town that all she had to do was give the word and he would gladly walk off the edge and plummet to his death. Thereafter, they see Baron and Baroness Wurmerhelm.
Polina dares him to insult the aristocratic couple and he does so with little hesitation. This sets off a chain of events that details Mademoiselle Blanche's interest in the General and gets Alexei fired as tutor of the General's children. Shortly after this, Grandmother shows up and surprises the whole party of debtors and indebted. She tells them all that she knows all about the General's debt and why the Frenchman and woman are waiting around the suite day after day. She leaves the party of death-profiteers by saying that none of them are getting any of her money.
She then asks Alexei to be her guide around the town famous for its healing waters and infamous for its casino where the tables are stacked with piles of gold; she wants to gamble. After being ushered to the roulette table, she plays and wins 13, Friedrichs d'ors — roubles , a significant amount of money. After a short return to the hotel, she comes back to roulette tables and she starts to get the bug; before she leaves the town, she's lost over a hundred thousand roubles in three days.
When Alexei gets back to his room after sending Grandmother off at the railway station, he's greeted by Polina. She shows him a letter where de Criet says he has started legal proceedings to sell Generals' properties mortgaged to him, but he is returning properties worth fifty thousand roubles to General for Polina's benefit.
Polina tells Alexei she is de Criet's mistress and she wishes she had fifty thousand to fling at de Criet's face. Upon hearing this, Alexei runs out of the room and to the casino where he in a feverish rush of excitement wins in few hours two hundred thousand florins , francs and becomes a rich man. When he gets back to his room and the waiting Polina, he empties his pockets full of gold Alexei estimates the weight to some 4 kilograms 8. At first she accuses him of trying to download her like de Criet, but then she embraces him.
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They fall asleep on the couch. Next day, she asks for fifty thousand roubles 25, francs and when he gives it to her, she flings that money at Alexei's face and runs off to Mr.
Astley they had been secretly meeting and exchanging notes and she was supposed to meet him the night before but has come by mistake to Alexei's room. He doesn't see her again. Alexei goes with them, and they stay together for almost a month, he allowing Mlle Blanche to spend his entire fortune on Mlle Blanche's personal expenses, carriages and horses, dinner dances, and a wedding-party.
After getting herself financially secured, in order to get an accepted status in the societies, Mlle Blanche unexpectedly marries the General, who has followed her to Paris. Alexei starts to gamble to survive. One day he passes Mr.
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Astley on a park bench in Bad Homburg and has a talk with him. He finds out from Astley that Polina is in Switzerland and actually does love him. Astley tells that Grandmother has died and left Polina and the children financially secured.
The General has died in Paris. Astley gives him some money but shows little hope that he will not use it for gambling.
Alexei goes home dreaming of going to Switzerland the next day and recollects what made him win at the roulette tables in the past. In order of appearance: Chapter 1 I can't stand this lackeyishness in the gossip columns of the whole world, and mainly in our Russian newspapers There is no magnificence in these trashy rooms, and as for the gold, not only are there no heaps on the tables, but there's scarcely even the slightest trace.
Alexei Ivanovich — The narrator of the story; nobleman, wiseacre. Tutor of The General's young children Nadjenka and Misha. Pathologically in love with Polina Alexandrovna: " If you had said the word then I would have jumped. In thrall to the Marquis Des Grieux since the latter made up a shortfall in public funds that the general had to cover before he could hand over his government post.
Polina Alexandrovna Praskovja — The General's stepdaughter. He began by deigning to inquire of me where I was going to take the children; and as he did so, I could see that he failed to look me in the eyes.
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In pompous language, however, which jumbled one sentence into another, and at length grew disconnected, he gave me to understand that I was to lead the children altogether away from the Casino, and out into the park. Well, excuse my speaking so plainly, but I know how addicted you are to gambling. Though I am not your mentor, nor wish to be, at least I have a right to require that you shall not actually compromise me.
From it he saw that he had roubles of mine in his keeping. Here — take thalers, as a round sum. The rest will be safe in my hands.
What I have said I have said merely as a warning. To do so is no more than my right.
Two splendid carriages, magnificently horsed, with Mlle. Blanche, Maria Philipovna, and Polina Alexandrovna in one of them, and the Frenchman, the Englishman, and the General in attendance on horseback!
The passers-by stopped to stare at them, for the effect was splendid — the General could not have improved upon it. I calculated that, with the francs which I had brought with me, added to what my patrons seemed already to have acquired, the party must be in possession of at least or francs — though that would be none too much for Mlle.
Blanche, who, with her mother and the Frenchman, was also lodging in our hotel. Nevertheless, I presented myself in such guise that the General looked at me with a touch of approval; and, though the good Maria Philipovna was for showing me my place, the fact of my having previously met the Englishman, Mr.
Astley, saved me, and thenceforward I figured as one of the company.
This strange Englishman I had met first in Prussia, where we had happened to sit vis-a-vis in a railway train in which I was travelling to overtake our party; while, later, I had run across him in France, and again in Switzerland — twice within the space of two weeks!Such 36Dostoyevsky, F.
This must have led to much paranoia and not a little fear, nervousness and anxiety. As is the case in existentialist literature, we will find that these themes overlap and interweave to a large extent. There is no magnificence in these trashy rooms, and as for the gold, not only are there no heaps on the tables, but there's scarcely even the slightest trace. He is as he is, and undoubtedly has his own firm beliefs and convictions, but he leaves it to his reader to choose; he is pushing no creed down our throats — after all, the story is what counts, what predominates and often that will lead where it will.
In Geneva I pawned my watch.
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