Almost from the first, while he read the letter, Raskolnikov’s face was wet with tears; but when he finished it, his face was pale and distorted and a bitter, wrathful and malignant smile was on his lips.
Raskolnikov smiled at the exaggerated and intentional distortion of his idea.
I only wanted to find out what sort of man you are, for so many unscrupulous people have got hold of the progressive cause of late and have so distorted in their own interests everything they touched, that the whole cause has been dragged in the mire.
He, like everyone, had heard that there were, especially in Petersburg, progressives of some sort, nihilists and so on, and, like many people, he exaggerated and distorted the significance of those words to an absurd degree.
"Guess," he said, with the same distorted helpless smile.
"Well, what am I to do now?" he asked, suddenly raising his head and looking at her with a face hideously distorted by despair.
His face was almost distorted from fatigue, exposure, the inward conflict that had lasted for twenty-four hours.
"Upon my word," Luzhin cried wrathfully and irritably, crimson with confusion, "to distort my words in this way!