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Re: I made up my mind to defer our future

Posted by RRC on June 14, 2006

In Reply to: Re: I have decided to postpone our future posted by antiquary on June 14, 2006

: : I have decided to postpone our future for as long as possible,
: : leaving everything in its present state.

: : It's from a novel, I think, prob. 20th C, but more than that I don't know, and would like to.

: It's from chapter 2 of Dostoevsky's story 'A Gentle Creature'.

Since Fyodor didn't write in English, shouldn't that exact sentence be attributed to the translator of that edition? According to Constance Gardner's translation of the story (which she calls "A Gentle Spirit") the sentence is : "What is more, I made up my mind to defer our future as long as possible, and meanwhile to leave things just as they were."