Margins: The Brothers Karamazov (Book X, Chapter 3)

Dogs out in public – parks, streets, town centres – are without doubt the happiest creatures in the world. I loved this description of the out-and-about habits of the 19th Century Russian canine: goes to show dogs today are just the same as dogs a hundred years ago. I particularly like the second sentence:

Perezvon [the dog] ran along in the merriest spirits, constantly straying to right and left to smell something here and there. When he met other dogs, he sniffed them with remarkable zeal, according to all canine rules.


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