The man pulls Onyegin and Tatyana down from their pedestals, but Pushkin remains unhurt. Pisarev is the grandfather and father of all the critics of to-day, including Burenin the same pettiness in disparagement, the same cold and conceited wit, and the same coarseness and indelicacy in their attitude to people. It is not Pisarev's ideas that are brutalizing, for he has none, but his coarse tone.
I have earned half already. And the snow is melting, it is warm, the birds are singing, the sky is bright and spring-like. I am reading a mass of things. I have read Lyeskov's "Legendary Characters," religious and piquant a combination of virtue, piety, and lewdness, but very interesting. Read it if you haven't read it. I have read again Pisarev's "Criticism of Pushkin." Awfully naive.
In the "sixties," he was then close to his fiftieth birthday he constantly conferred with the Emperor Alexander on liberative reforms, and pored over Pisarev's writings in his own home.