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  • He was positively going now for a "rehearsal" of his project, and at every step his excitement grew more and more violent.
  • But no one shared his enjoyment: his silent companion looked with positive hostility and mistrust at all these manifestations.

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  • The recollection of his recent success in getting the situation seemed to revive him, and was positively reflected in a sort of radiance on his face.
  • It would have been difficult to sink to a lower ebb of disorder, but to Raskolnikov in his present state of mind this was positively agreeable.
  • Nastasya felt positively offended and began wrathfully rousing him.
  • The beating of his heart was a positive pain.
  • He positively smiled at himself, when suddenly another terrifying idea occurred to his mind.
  • Raskolnikov had unwarily fixed a very long and direct look on him, so that he felt positively affronted.
  • As for the smart lady, at first she positively trembled before the storm.
  • Raskolnikov declared positively and irritably.

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  • "One of her customers must have killed her," Zossimov declared positively.
  • But he soon saw what it meant, and at once began to find positive amusement in the scandal.
  • You know, for instance, beforehand with positive certainty that this man, this most reputable and exemplary citizen, will on no consideration give you money; and indeed I ask you why should he?
  • The small lady positively skipped from her seat on seeing him, and fell to curtsying in a sort of ecstasy; but the officer took not the smallest notice of her, and she did not venture to sit down again in his presence.
  • Avdotya Romanovna looked with interest at Razumihin; her black eyes flashed; Razumihin positively started at her glance.
  • Razumihin bowed, positively radiant.
  • Raskolnikov cried, with positive anger.
  • There’s no denying that Raskolnikov had compromised himself seriously, but no facts had come to light as yet; there was nothing positive.
  • Could it have concealed anything like a fact, a piece of positive evidence?
  • So Porfiry, too, had nothing but that delirium, no facts but this psychology which cuts both ways, nothing positive.
  • So that indeed it’s not humiliating…. and if I ever, to suppose an absurdity, were to be legally married, I should be positively glad of it.
  • She positively pounced upon him, and made him sit on her left hand (Amalia Ivanovna was on her right).
  • Walking outside the city gates one day, he positively fancied that they had fixed a meeting there, that he was waiting for Svidrigailov.
  • One day at dusk he sat for an hour listening to songs in a tavern and he remembered that he positively enjoyed it.
  • He positively laughed looking at me; he sounded me: ’Tobacco’s bad for you,’ he said, ’your lungs are affected.’
  • Raskolnikov positively started.
  • I am nothing, no specialty, and sometimes I am positively bored.
  • These were times when she was positively proud of me.
  • Sometimes she steals a look at me that positively scorches me.
  • He was positively composed, at least in appearance, but his face was pale as before.
  • Pyotr Petrovitch gave a positive start—all noticed it and recalled it afterwards.
  • Are you so positive I poisoned Marfa Petrovna?
  • However his health seemed unimpaired so far, and looking at his noble, clear-skinned countenance which had grown fattish of late, Pyotr Petrovitch for an instant was positively comforted in the conviction that he would find another bride and, perhaps, even a better one.
  • I will add further and repeat that in spite of my positive conviction, I realise that I run a certain risk in making this accusation, but as you see, I could not let it pass.
  • But that in the end these visits had become a habit and almost a necessity for him, so that he was positively distressed when she was ill for some days and could not visit him.
  • Amalia Ivanovna herself had been invited with great ceremony in spite of the recent unpleasantness, and so she was very busy with preparations and was taking a positive pleasure in them; she was moreover dressed up to the nines, all in new black silk, and she was proud of it.
  • At the same time he recognised clearly that the dream which had fired his imagination was hopelessly unattainable—so unattainable that he felt positively ashamed of it, and he hastened to pass to the other more practical cares and difficulties bequeathed him by that "thrice accursed yesterday."
  • She had heard from Amalia Ivanovna that the mother was positively offended at the invitation and had asked the question: "How could she let her daughter sit down beside that young person?"
  • And the hopeless misery and anxiety of all that time, especially of the last hours, had weighed so heavily upon him that he positively clutched at the chance of this new unmixed, complete sensation.
  • Would you believe it too that Marfa Petrovna was positively angry with me at first for my persistent silence about your sister, for my careless reception of her continual adoring praises of Avdotya Romanovna.
  • But on my way I went first to Madame Kobilatnikov’s to take them the ’General Treatise on the Positive Method’ and especially to recommend Piderit’s article (and also Wagner’s); then I come on here and what a state of things I find!
  • 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!
  • This does not hurt me, but is a positive con-so-la-tion, ho-nou-red sir," he called out, shaken to and fro by his hair and even once striking the ground with his forehead.
  • Have you the papers?" he asked, going into a very spacious and positively clean restaurant, consisting of several rooms, which were, however, rather empty.
  • This is how I should behave," Raskolnikov began, again bringing his face close to Zametov’s, again staring at him and speaking in a whisper, so that the latter positively shuddered.
  • "They are pernicious, positively pernicious, and yet I can’t give them up!
  • "That’s not simply ridiculous, it’s positively shameless.
  • Well, you may beat me if you like, but I am glad, positively glad it hasn’t come off, that you are free, that you are not quite lost for humanity…. you see, I’ve spoken my mind!"
  • "From all your half tipsy stories," Raskolnikov observed harshly, "I am positive that you have not given up your designs on my sister, but are pursuing them more actively than ever.
  • They say, too, the girl was not at all pretty, in fact I am told positively ugly…. and such an invalid…. and queer.

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certain (having no doubt)
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