The old man woke abruptly, like a man surprised, like a man chased or cheated out of sleep. He breathed rapidly and stared unhappily at the slits of cold sunshine that sliced his bedroom walls. He lay still on his left side for some moments, peering at the room.
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‘On the rampage, he truly did become a devil; it was impossible to restrain him.’ Translated from the Russian by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler.