"He knows a Tula cardsharper, but ask him whether he knows Semiradsky, Tchaykovsky, or Solovyov the philosopher he'll shake his head.... It swinish!" Three minutes passed in silence. "Allow me in my turn to ask you a question," said the vis-a-vis timidly, clearing his throat. "Do you know the name of Pushkov?" "Pushkov? H'm! Pushkov.... No, I don't know it!"