“He had not far to go; he knew indeed how many steps it was from the
gate of his lodging house: exactly seven hundred and thirty. He had
counted them once when he had been lost in dreams. At the time he had
put no faith in those dreams and was only tantalising himself by their
hideous but daring recklessness. Now, a month later, he had begun to
look upon them differently, and, in spite of the monologues in which
he jeered at his own impotence and indecision, he had involuntarily
come to regard this “hideous” dream as an exploit to be attempted,
although he still did not realise this himself. He was positively
going now for a “rehearsal” of his project, and at every step his
excitement grew more and more violent.”
The other day, Valentina Viktorovna took us on a short Crime and Punishment tour, and pointed out his path to the pawnbroker’s and other important areas, such as where Raskolnikov overheard the “fateful” conversation that pulled him towards murdering that old crone. To put Crime and Punishment into a nutshell for those of you who haven’t read it, Raskolnikov, after agonizing over the idea, murders a pawnbroker and then mentally suffers for his crime. The novel is essentially one part crime, five parts punishment, and is full of fun ideas about suicide, redemption, etc., etc. You all should read it, it’s very uplifting.
So, Raskolnikov knew the exact number of steps from his apartment to the Pawnbroker’s – 730 shagov. Being the huge dork that I am, I counted how many steps it took, and it was waaaay more than 730 — 1,212 steps, to be exact. Raskolnikov had long legs. And you know what that means — big steps.
In other news, the ACTR gang is getting ready to hop on the long train to Sochi — which will be a 47 hour experiment. Sochi is the 2014 Winter Olympics Venue, and there will be a lot of hiking and nature walks. There’s apparently a ton of construction going on, but hey, a resort town is a resort town. For what it’s worth, it’s 6 days in Sochi (the other four are spent on a train…) Until then!
If you’re interested to see Putin speak English, here’s his bid to the Olympic Committee.