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21l 017 - The Art of the Probable: Literature and Probability
The Art of the Probable: Literature and Probability Documents

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MIT OpenCourseWare http ocw mit edu 21L 017 The Art of the Probable Literature and Probability Spring 2008 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use visit http ocw mit edu terms Notes from the Underground FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY Translated by Constance Garnett PART I Underground The author of the diary and the diary itself are of course imaginary Nevertheless it is clear that such persons as the writer of these notes not only may but positively must exist in our society when we consider the circumstances in the midst of which our society is formed I have tried to expose to the view of the public more distinctly than is commonly done one of the characters of the recent past He is one of the representatives of a generation still living In this fragment entitled Underground this person introduces himself and his views and as it were tries to explain the causes owing to which he has made his appearance and was bound to make his appearance in our midst In the second fragment there are added the actual notes of this person concerning certain events in his life AUTHOR S NOTE I I am a sick man I am a spiteful man I am an unattractive man I believe my liver is diseased However I know nothing at all about my disease and do not know for certain what ails me I don t consult a doctor for it and never have though I have a respect for medicine and doctors Besides I am extremely superstitious sufficiently so to respect medicine anyway I am well educated enough not to be superstitious but I am superstitious No I refuse to consult a doctor from spite That you probably will not understand Well I understand it though Of course I can t explain who it is precisely that I am mortifying in this case by my spite I am perfectly well aware that I cannot pay out the doctors by not consulting them I know better than anyone that by all this I am only injuring myself and no one else But still if I don t consult a doctor it is from spite My liver is bad well let it get worse I



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