This boulevard was never much frequented; and now, at two o’clock, in the stifling heat, it was quite deserted.
At last he felt cramped and stifled in the little yellow room that was like a cupboard or a box.
Here there were no taverns, no stifling closeness, no stench.
There, too, the heat was stifling and there was a sickening smell of fresh paint and stale oil from the newly decorated rooms.
Hm…. it’s a pity there’s no air here," he added, "it’s stifling….
It was as stifling as before, but he eagerly drank in the stinking, dusty town air.
"Or throw up life altogether!" he cried suddenly, in a frenzy—"accept one’s lot humbly as it is, once for all and stifle everything in oneself, giving up all claim to activity, life and love!"
Trying to untie the string and turning to the window, to the light (all her windows were shut, in spite of the stifling heat), she left him altogether for some seconds and stood with her back to him.
She kept her head, forgetting herself, biting her trembling lips and stifling the screams which were ready to break from her.
He felt oppressed and stifled and, as it were, ill at ease at having come here.
But he had no sooner succeeded in assuming a serious air and muttering something when he suddenly glanced again as though accidentally at Razumihin, and could no longer control himself: his stifled laughter broke out the more irresistibly the more he tried to restrain it.
It had been too stifling, too cramping, the burden had been too agonising.
It was a dark and stifling evening.
Raskolnikov felt as though something had fallen on him and was stifling him.
…suspicious, vain, proud, who has not seen a soul to speak to for six months, in rags and in boots without soles, has to face some wretched policemen and put up with their insolence; and the unexpected debt thrust under his nose, the I.O.U. presented by Tchebarov, the new paint, thirty degrees Reaumur and a stifling atmosphere, a crowd of people, the talk about the murder of a person where he had been just before, and all that on an empty stomach—he might well have a fainting fit!
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These excessive rules that stifle creativity.
The authorities cracked down in an attempt to stifle dissent.