"I am compelled to keep a business engagement, and so I shall not be in your way," he added with an air of some pique and he began getting up.
I have the honour to inform you, in anticipation, that if, in spite of my request, I meet Rodion Romanovitch, I shall be compelled to withdraw immediately and then you have only yourself to blame.
In the opposite case I shall be compelled to have recourse to very serious measures and thenů. you must blame yourself.
Perhaps the chief element was that peculiar "poor man’s pride," which compels many poor people to spend their last savings on some traditional social ceremony, simply in order to do "like other people," and not to "be looked down upon."
You will admit that recollecting your embarrassment, your eagerness to get away and the fact that you kept your hands for some time on the table, and taking into consideration your social position and the habits associated with it, I was, so to say, with horror and positively against my will, compelled to entertain a suspicion—a cruel, but justifiable suspicion!