Ex Libris Kirkland

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Subtitle and Other Tales of Good and Evil
Translator David Magarshak
First Written 1841
Genre Fiction
Origin Russia
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN-10 0393003043
ISBN-13 978-0393003048
My Copy paperback
First Read January 04, 2008

The Overcoat

It is not necessary to say much about this tailor: but, as it is the custom to have the character of each personage in a novel clearly defined, there is nothing to be done; so here is Petrovich the tailor.

Quoted on October 4, 2011

on the Civil Servant's overcoat, which is too old to be repaired by the tailor] No, sir,' said Petrovich firmly, 'it can't be done. Too far gone. Nothing to hold it together. All I can advise you to do with it, sir, is to cut it up when winter comes and make some rags to wrap around your feet, for socks, sir, are no damned good at all: there's no real warmth in 'em. It's them Germans, sir, what invented socks to make a lot of money (Petrovich liked to get in a word against the Germans on every occasion). As for your overcoat, sir, I'm afraid you'll have to get a new one.

Quoted on October 4, 2011

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