Part 7, Chapter 22 Summary
Stepan Arkadyevitch is completely nonplussed by the strange talk about religious matters. Though he is generally inspired and stimulated by his time in St. Petersburg as it rouses him from his “Moscow stagnation,” this experience is disconcerting to him. As Countess Lidia reads and as Landau’s eyes are focused on him, Stepan Arkadyevitch is aware of a peculiar heaviness in his head.
The story has something to do with a dead child and faith, and these images combine with others in his head to create great confusion. He is growing quite sleepy and even finds himself on the verge of snoring when he hears the countess say that he is asleep. He starts, guilty at being caught, but her comment referred to Landau. While...
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