This is a quote from the short story The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol, translated by Ronald Wilks.
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If you’re interested, you can read an excerpt from the book here.
The Overcoat – from a collection of short stories – Summary
Here is the book summary from Goodreads:
Nikolai Gogol was born in the Ukraine in 1809. Vladimir Nabokov wrote of his work that “after reading Gogol one’s eyes may become gogolized, and one is apt to see bits of his world in the most unexpected places.” He died in 1852 after subjecting himself to a severe regime of fasting. “The Overcoat” and “The Nose” are two of Gogol’s finest works. “The Nose” is a masterpiece of comic art, and “The Overcoat” is considered one of the greatest short stories ever written.
Copyright © 1842 by Nikolai Gogol.
Translated by: Ronald Wilks