Objects & Places from Notes from the Underground

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Object Descriptions

The Underground - The location is never described but is referred to on several occasions. It seems likely that this is a state of mind rather than a physical place, but it's ultimately left to the reader to decide where--or what--the location is.

Kopek - This object is a unit of Russian currency.

Ruble - This object is the unit of currency used for most transactions in Russia.

The Most Advantageous of Advantages - Dostoevsky defines this as man's "own whim", his "untrammeled desire".

Brazil - This is the location the writer imagines that the Pope would agree to move his headquarters, which would only occur if a certain array of improbable happenings should come to pass, such as a lake being moved to Rome and a ball given for all the people of Italy.

Lake Como - This is the object the writer imagines might be...

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