But he was possessed by such despair, such cynicism of misery, if one may so call it, that with a wave of his hand he went on.
Was it possible to imagine so absurd and cynical a juxtaposition?
He is incredulous, sceptical, cynical…. he likes to impose on people, or rather to make fun of them.
But in any case he could not remain a cynic and a dirty sloven; he had no right to offend the feelings of others, especially when they were in need of his assistance and asking him to see them.
Only consider, I struck her just twice with a switch—there were no marks even…. don’t regard me as a cynic, please; I am perfectly aware how atrocious it was of me and all that; but I know for certain, too, that Marfa Petrovna was very likely pleased at my, so to say, warmth.
"Well, if you come to that," Svidrigailov answered, scrutinising Raskolnikov with some surprise, "if you come to that, you are a thorough cynic yourself.