Petersburg Chapter the Third

in which it is described how Nikolai Apollonovich Ableukhov puts his foot in it with his venture

Though he’s an ordinary sort of fellow,

No second-class Don Juan he,

No demon, nor a gypsy even.

But simply dweller of the capital,

Of kind that everywhere we find a host,

Neither in face nor intellect

Much different from the average most.1

A. Pushkin