Of Mice and Men

Notes from Underground – Part I, Chapters II–IV

Summary: Chapter II The Underground Man continues to describe himself. He is “overly conscious,” a “developed man” who possesses far more consciousness than is necessary for survival in the nineteenth century. Narrow-minded, active people, in contrast, have the perfect amount of consciousness of reality to go about their daily lives. The Underground Man explains that …

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Notes from Underground – Part I, Chapters V–VIII

Summary: Chapter V [P]erhaps I really regard myself as an intelligent man only because throughout my entire life Ive never been able to start or finish anything. (See Important Quotations Explained) The Underground Man describes his occasional bouts of repentance, tenderheartedness, and sentimentality. He feels these emotions frequently, and imagines that he is feeling them …

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