The Drum Beats

“But why trouble oneself with unanswerable questions? The drum beats, it is time to be back in our wards.”

The House of the Dead – Dostoyevsky


Burdening Myself

From The Devils by Fyodor Dostoyevsky:

‘I can’t understand it!’ Stavrogin said angrily. ‘Why does everybody expect something from me that is not expected from anybody else? Why should I put up with things no one else puts up with? Why should I agree to burdens no one else can bear?’

‘I thought you were looking for a burden yourself.’

‘Me looking for a burden?’


‘You – you realized that?’


‘Is it so noticeable?’