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Golyadkin

Golyadkin works as a titular councilor at an office in St. Petersburg in Russia. Dostoevsky portrays him as quiet and affable gentlemen who lives by his daily routine. Every morning he wakes up at 8am and his servant Petrushka comes in with his tea tray. After breakfast, he smokes a pipe, shaves and walks to his office. His daily life is so dull that when he visits his doctor about how strange he feels, his doctors prescribes him an increase in both his alcohol intake and social engagements. However, Golyadkin is proud of his lifestyle, feeling it presents him as an upstanding citizen, and refuses any change in his routine.

When Golyadkin's doppelganger forces him out of his routine, he becomes confused and unhappy. His evil twin, as he is named, takes over his life and ruins everything he has worked so hard for. Suddenly Golyadkin is cast...

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