Rogojin asked his question like a lost soul appealing to some divinity, with the reckless daring of one appointed to die, who has nothing to lose.
"She’s mad surely, isn’t she?" the general appealed to Totski.
So he and the general determined to try what an attempt to appeal to her heart would effect.
And if you appeal to that sentiment in others, why should you expect to be exempted from it?
She appealed to the prince, of a sudden, with the most childlike candour, and with the laugh still trembling on her lips.
Perhaps what most appealed to the prince’s impressionability was the refinement of the old man’s courtesy towards him.
He was proud, and flew into a passion; there was a change of local government which acted in favour of his opponents; his position was undermined, complaints were made against him; he lost his post and came up to Petersburg with his last remaining money, in order to appeal to higher authorities.
However, the most astonishing and, if I may so express myself, the most painful, thing in this matter, is that you cannot even understand, young man, that Lizabetha Prokofievna, only stayed with you because you are ill,—if you really are dying—moved by the pity awakened by your plaintive appeal, and that her name, character, and social position place her above all risk of contamination.
"—he appealed to his spouse for help—"you must really—"