Nothing is more seductive for man than his freedom of conscience, but nothing is a greater cause of suffering.
Father said just now that I spent several thousand roubles in seducing young girls.
Although the old man told lies about my seducing innocence, there really was something of the sort in my tragedy, though it was only once, and then it did not come off.
And where he was stationed before, he several times spent a thousand or two for the seduction of some respectable girl; we know all about that, Dmitri Fyodorovitch, in its most secret details.
Yet he was perfectly aware of a letter she had received a month ago from her seducer, and had heard of it from her own lips.
He was seduced by sweetmeats, ladies brought them to him in their pockets, he sipped tea, he worshiped his belly, filling it with sweet things and his mind with haughty thoughts….
He hears all the details from his frightened master, and gradually in his disordered brain there shapes itself an idea—terrible, but seductive and irresistibly logical.
He heard nothing but revolting talk and vicious precepts uttered daily over the brandy, and at last he saw his father seducing his mistress from him with his own money.
But time passed, and Fyodor Pavlovitch did not give the prisoner the expected three thousand; on the contrary, the latter heard that he meant to use this sum to seduce the woman he, the prisoner, loved.
"The talented young man, to whom I have referred already, Mr. Rakitin, characterized this heroine in brief and impressive terms: ’She was disillusioned early in life, deceived and ruined by a betrothed, who seduced and abandoned her.