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Is it about the glory
Of our dear motherland?–I ask in vain!
Not on his lofty brow, nor in his looks
May one peruse his secret thoughts; always
The same aspect; lowly at once, and lofty–
Like some state magistrate grown gray in office,
Calmly alike he contemplates the just
And guilty, with indifference he hears
Evil and good, and knows neither wrath nor pity.
–Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, ????? ???????, sc. 5 (1825)(S.H. transl.)
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”