May 28, 2008 by Allen George
Nastasya is talking to Raskolnikov in his room over soup.
Nastasya speaks first
“You say you used to go and teach children before, so why don’t you do anything now?”
“I do something . . .” Raskolnikov said, reluctantly and sternly.
“What do you do?”
“Work . . .”
“I think,” he replied seriously, after a pause.
Nastasya simply dissolved in laughter.
From Crime & Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky