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Crime and Punishment
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  • It was insufferably close, and so heavy with the fumes of spirits that five minutes in such an atmosphere might well make a man drunk.
  • A few minutes afterwards, he raised his eyes and looked for a long while at the tea and the soup.

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  • Glancing out of the corner of his eye into a shop, he saw by a clock on the wall that it was ten minutes past seven.
  • The iron strip was added to give weight, so that the woman might not guess the first minute that the "thing" was made of wood.
  • He stood still, thought a minute and went on.
  • A minute passed; he even fancied something like a sneer in her eyes, as though she had already guessed everything.
  • But why, my good sir, all of a minute….
  • He had not a minute more to lose.
  • Then again dead silence for a minute or two.
  • The feeling of loathing especially surged up within him and grew stronger every minute.

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  • Raskolnikov gazed in horror at the hook shaking in its fastening, and in blank terror expected every minute that the fastening would be pulled out.
  • Time was passing, one minute, and another—no one came.
  • The latter glanced at it, said: "Wait a minute," and went on attending to the lady in mourning.
  • The assistant superintendent was so furious that for the first minute he could only splutter inarticulately.
  • "Hadn’t I better think a minute?" flashed through his mind.
  • Stay a minute, you sweep!
  • But of _that_—of _that_ he had no recollection, and yet every minute he felt that he had forgotten something he ought to remember.
  • But in another minute the beer had gone to his head, and a faint and even pleasant shiver ran down his spine.
  • The latter sank back on the pillows and for a minute or two said nothing.
  • The minute was so chosen that it was impossible to refuse, and the visitor squeezed his way through, hurrying and stumbling.
  • He made up his mind to take leave in another minute or two.
  • Razumihin thought a minute and ran to overtake him.
  • This lasted for half a minute; he knew what he was doing, but could not restrain himself.
  • Not more than five minutes had passed when he jumped up a second time, and at once pounced in a frenzy on his clothes again.
  • But at last all this uproar, after continuing about ten minutes, began gradually to subside.
  • In a couple of minutes Nastasya returned with the soup, and announced that the tea would be ready directly.
  • So I lost my temper, and I went on the chance to the address bureau next day, and only fancy, in two minutes they looked you up!
  • Dmitri told me that Nikolay had gone off on the spree; he had come home at daybreak drunk, stayed in the house about ten minutes, and went out again.
  • A constrained silence lasted for a couple of minutes, and then, as might be expected, some scene-shifting took place.
  • If he had cared to think a little, he would have been amazed indeed that he could have talked to them like that a minute before, forcing his feelings upon them.
  • What struck Zametov afterwards as the strangest part of it all was that silence followed for exactly a minute, and that they gazed at one another all the while.
  • They state themselves that they knocked and the door was locked; yet three minutes later when they went up with the porter, it turned out the door was unfastened.
  • When they were clean, he took out the axe, washed the blade and spent a long time, about three minutes, washing the wood where there were spots of blood rubbing them with soap.
  • Any minute.
  • Drawing a breath, pressing his hand against his throbbing heart, and once more feeling for the axe and setting it straight, he began softly and cautiously ascending the stairs, listening every minute.
  • But at the first turning he stopped and, after a minute’s thought, turned into a side street and went two streets out of his way, possibly without any object, or possibly to delay a minute and gain time.
  • But at the first turning he stopped and, after a minute’s thought, turned into a side street and went two streets out of his way, possibly without any object, or possibly to delay a minute and gain time.
  • He felt that he was losing his head, that he was almost frightened, so frightened that if she were to look like that and not say a word for another half minute, he thought he would have run away from her.
  • A few minutes afterwards the woman went to the cowshed, and through a crack in the wall she saw in the stable adjoining he had made a noose of his sash from the beam, stood on a block of wood, and was trying to put his neck in the noose.
  • For half a minute both were silent.
  • "Come, mamma, come out of the room at least for a minute," Dounia whispered in dismay; "we are distressing him, that’s evident."
  • The minute I’ve taken you home, I’ll pour a couple of pailfuls of water over my head in the gutter here, and then I shall be all right….
  • I…. have come for one minute.
  • Well, you may believe it or not, but as soon as she came in, that very minute, I felt that she was the chief cause of the trouble….
  • One minute, Sofya Semyonovna.
  • There was a minute of gloomy silence.
  • The man noticed him at once, looked at him quickly, but dropped his eyes again; and so they walked for a minute side by side without uttering a word.
  • Say what you like, there’s something wrong with you, and now, too…. not this very minute, I mean, but now, generally….
  • She comes, speaks to me for a minute and goes out at the door—always at the door.
  • For a minute they were silent.
  • Razumihin thought a minute.
  • "At such a minute?" cried Razumihin.
  • For a minute they were looking at one another in silence.
  • Razumihin remembered that minute all his life.
  • At one minute she is worrying like a child that everything should be right to-morrow, the lunch and all that….
  • At last he got up, took his cap, thought a minute, and went to the door.
  • He is bound to die within the next five or ten minutes.
  • In five minutes he was standing on the bridge at the spot where the woman had jumped in.
  • They won’t notice me, and I need a little fresh air, for you’ve come just in the nick of time—another two minutes and I should have come to blows!
  • Exactly twenty minutes after Razumihin’s departure, there came two subdued but hurried knocks at the door: he had come back.
  • He stayed just ten minutes and succeeded in completely convincing and comforting Pulcheria Alexandrovna.
  • He had come in ten minutes earlier and was sitting in the same place as before, on the sofa.
  • He took off his cap and put it on the table, and for ten minutes he stood without moving.
  • They were all relieved, and in five minutes they were laughing.
  • He says he is going away, and in ten minutes he forgets he has said it.
  • Five minutes or more passed.
  • "I can’t offer you coffee here; but why not spend five minutes with a friend?"
  • I’m always sitting and so glad to be moving about for five minutes….
  • I got there two minutes before you.
  • And you stay a minute.
  • Another minute passed.
  • Five minutes passed.
  • Ten minutes passed.
  • They’d just killed them, not five or ten minutes before, for the bodies were still warm, and at once, leaving the flat open, knowing that people would go there at once, flinging away their booty, they rolled about like children, laughing and attracting general attention.
  • He stopped there while the porter and others were going upstairs, waited till they were out of hearing, and then went calmly downstairs at the very minute when Dmitri and Nikolay ran out into the street and there was no one in the entry; possibly he was seen, but not noticed.
  • A minute passed.
  • Later on, when he recalled that time and all that happened to him during those days, minute by minute, point by point, he was superstitiously impressed by one circumstance, which, though in itself not very exceptional, always seemed to him afterwards the predestined turning-point of his fate.
  • Later on, when he recalled that time and all that happened to him during those days, minute by minute, point by point, he was superstitiously impressed by one circumstance, which, though in itself not very exceptional, always seemed to him afterwards the predestined turning-point of his fate.
  • "Yes, indeed, I am quite surprised at him to-day," began Zossimov, much delighted at the ladies’ entrance, for he had not succeeded in keeping up a conversation with his patient for ten minutes.
  • What generous impulses he has, and how simply, how delicately he put an end to all the misunderstanding with his sister—simply by holding out his hand at the right minute and looking at her like that….
  • In his impatience he raised the axe again to cut the string from above on the body, but did not dare, and with difficulty, smearing his hand and the axe in the blood, after two minutes’ hurried effort, he cut the string and took it off without touching the body with the axe; he was not mistaken—it was a purse.
  • Then in senseless terror he rushed to the corner, to that hole under the paper where he had put the things; put his hand in, and for some minutes felt carefully in the hole, in every crack and fold of the paper.
  • Ten minutes later, however, she was considerably reassured; it was characteristic of Razumihin that he showed his true nature at once, whatever mood he might be in, so that people quickly saw the sort of man they had to deal with.
  • He waved his hand weakly to Razumihin to cut short the flow of warm and incoherent consolations he was addressing to his mother and sister, took them both by the hand and for a minute or two gazed from one to the other without speaking.
  • He met his visitor with an apparently genial and good-tempered air, and it was only after a few minutes that Raskolnikov saw signs of a certain awkwardness in him, as though he had been thrown out of his reckoning or caught in something very secret.
  • In another minute she would have been ready to make a scene.
  • At that minute the door opened, and Pyotr Petrovitch Luzhin appeared on the threshold.
  • I cannot have made a mistake in my reckoning, for the minute before your entrance I had finished my accounts and found the total correct.
  • I’ll go to our Sovereign, to our Sovereign, to our gracious Tsar himself, and throw myself at his feet, to-day, this minute!
  • But for the first minute she felt it too bitter.
  • "Then how do you know about it?" she asked again, hardly audibly and again after a minute’s pause.
  • "Don’t be angry, brother; I’ve only come for one minute," said Dounia.
  • I saw the same thing with a relative of my own not long ago…. nearly a pint of blood, all in a minute….
  • At times she shuddered, turned her eyes from side to side, recognised everyone for a minute, but at once sank into delirium again.
  • Razumihin paused for a minute.
  • Raskolnikov was dumbfounded for a minute, but only for one minute.
  • Raskolnikov was dumbfounded for a minute, but only for one minute.
  • And what made you come at that very minute?
  • I didn’t believe in the thunderbolt, not for a minute.
  • Raskolnikov thought a minute.
  • For a full minute he scrutinised his face, which had impressed him before.
  • Well, she flushes like a sunset and I kiss her every minute.
  • Svidrigailov was not however very drunk, the wine had affected him for a moment, but it was passing off every minute.
  • Again they stood for a minute facing each other.
  • There were flashes of lightning every minute and each flash lasted while one could count five.
  • "It’s the best minute; I couldn’t choose a better."
  • For some days she had realised that something awful was happening to her son and that now some terrible minute had come for him.
  • For a minute he gazed at the delicate expressive face of his betrothed, kissed the portrait and gave it to Dounia.
  • He stood still a minute, grinned and went back to the police office.
  • Both looked at one another for a minute and waited.
  • It only meant that that minute had come.
  • Five minutes later Lebeziatnikov came in with Sonia.
  • Here her laugh turned again to an insufferable fit of coughing that lasted five minutes.
  • Five minutes later he raised his head with a strange smile.
  • "And would she stand that test?" he went on a few minutes later to himself.
  • We came in, you weren’t here; she sat down, and stayed ten minutes, while we stood waiting in silence.
  • They were both silent and the silence lasted strangely long, about ten minutes.
  • Ach, hang it, only ten minutes left!
  • His manner to Raskolnikov had changed during the last few minutes, and he was ruder and more sneering every moment.
  • If Sofya Semyonovna does not come back in ten minutes, I will send her to you, to-day if you like.
  • Svidrigailov remained three minutes standing at the window.
  • They both, Svidrigailov and Achilles, stared at each other for a few minutes without speaking.
  • Silence lasted for two minutes.
  • Raskolnikov squeezed his way through the crowd, stared for some minutes at the drunken man and suddenly gave a short jerky laugh.
  • She used to see him on holidays at the prison gates or in the guard-room, to which he was brought for a few minutes to see her.
  • Several minutes passed.
  • She paused a minute.
  • Five minutes passed.
  • His sensations that moment were terribly like the moment when he had stood over the old woman with the axe in his hand and felt that "he must not lose another minute."
  • CHAPTER V When next morning at eleven o’clock punctually Raskolnikov went into the department of the investigation of criminal causes and sent his name in to Porfiry Petrovitch, he was surprised at being kept waiting so long: it was at least ten minutes before he was summoned.
  • Svidrigailov, bending down with elbows on the window-sill, gazed for five minutes into the darkness; the boom of a cannon, followed by a second one, resounded in the darkness of the night.
  • He knew, he knew perfectly well that at that moment they were at the flat, that they were greatly astonished at finding it unlocked, as the door had just been fastened, that by now they were looking at the bodies, that before another minute had passed they would guess and completely realise that the murderer had just been there, and had succeeded in hiding somewhere, slipping by them and escaping.
  • The porter and Koch and Pestryakov and the other porter and the wife of the first porter and the woman who was sitting in the porter’s lodge and the man Kryukov, who had just got out of a cab at that minute and went in at the entry with a lady on his arm, that is eight or ten witnesses, agree that Nikolay had Dmitri on the ground, was lying on him beating him, while Dmitri hung on to his hair, beating him, too.
  • But why, he was always asking himself, why had such an important, such a decisive and at the same time such an absolutely chance meeting happened in the Hay Market (where he had moreover no reason to go) at the very hour, the very minute of his life when he was just in the very mood and in the very circumstances in which that meeting was able to exert the gravest and most decisive influence on his whole destiny?
  • I would have given a thousand roubles at that minute to have seen you with my own eyes, when you walked a hundred paces beside that workman, after he had called you murderer to your face, and you did not dare to ask him a question all the way.
  • Amalia Ivanovna ran about the room, shouting at the top of her voice, that she was mistress of the house and that Katerina Ivanovna should leave the lodgings that minute; then she rushed for some reason to collect the silver spoons from the table.
  • Then I accompanied you to the door—you being still in the same state of embarrassment—after which, being left alone with Mr. Lebeziatnikov I talked to him for ten minutes—then Mr. Lebeziatnikov went out and I returned to the table with the money lying on it, intending to count it and to put it aside, as I proposed doing before.
  • "The loaf I’ll fetch you this very minute, but wouldn’t you rather have some cabbage soup instead of sausage?
  • We were left alone, she suddenly flung herself on my neck (for the first time of her own accord), put her little arms round me, kissed me, and vowed that she would be an obedient, faithful, and good wife, would make me happy, would devote all her life, every minute of her life, would sacrifice everything, everything, and that all she asks in return is my respect, and that she wants ’nothing, nothing more from me, no presents.’
  • Well, I must tell you that I worried myself fearfully over that ’question’ so that I was awfully ashamed when I guessed at last (all of a sudden, somehow) that it would not have given him the least pang, that it would not even have struck him that it was not monumental…. that he would not have seen that there was anything in it to pause over, and that, if he had had no other way, he would have strangled her in a minute without thinking about it!
  • Yes, better throw it away," he repeated, sitting down on the sofa again, "and at once, this minute, without lingering…."
  • That’s what I’ve forgotten, as though on purpose; forgotten it all at once, I remembered a minute ago."
  • In spite of her continual anxiety that the dishes should be passed round correctly and that everyone should taste them, in spite of the agonising cough which interrupted her every minute and seemed to have grown worse during the last few days, she hastened to pour out in a half whisper to Raskolnikov all her suppressed feelings and her just indignation at the failure of the dinner, interspersing her remarks with lively and uncontrollable laughter at the expense of her visitors and…
  • … Wait a minute, I’ll fetch Zossimov."
  • You are perhaps in a hurry, but please, be so kind, spare me two minutes," and he drew up a chair for her.
  • They are in debt for the lodging, but the landlady, I hear, said to-day that she wanted to get rid of them, and Katerina Ivanovna says that she won’t stay another minute."
  • Wait a minute, I’d forgotten!"
  • "I’ve been meaning to look in a long time; I was passing by and thought why not go in for five minutes.
  • ) "Go at once, this very minute, stand at the cross-roads, bow down, first kiss the earth which you have defiled and then bow down to all the world and say to all men aloud, ’I am a murderer!’
  • "You’d better tell me this," Pyotr Petrovitch interrupted with haughty displeasure, "can you…. or rather are you really friendly enough with that young person to ask her to step in here for a minute?
  • "I saw it, I saw it," Lebeziatnikov repeated, "and though it is against my principles, I am ready this very minute to take any oath you like before the court, for I saw how you slipped it in her pocket.

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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
as in: keep the minutes Define
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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