Notes from Underground
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Contributed by Jennefer Ruano
Chapter 11

The UM begins this chapter by proclaiming: "The final result, gentlemen, is that it’s better to do nothing! Conscious inertia is better! And so, long live the underground!" Yet quickly he admits that he’s lying, that he doesn’t truly prefer the underground, but "something different, altogether different, something that I long for, but I’ll never be able to find!"

He also says that he doesn’t believe a word that he has just said, which makes the reader wonder about the man’s sanity.  Yet this is all part of the psychology of the underground, and with some personal musings about why he has just written this "speech" down on paper, the Underground Man launches into part two-Apropos of Wet Snow.

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