Since their visit to Gania’s home, Rogojin’s followers had been increased by two new recruits — a dissolute old man, the hero of some ancient scandal, and a retired sub-lieutenant. A laughable story was told of the former. He possessed, it was said, a set of false teeth, and one day when he wanted money for a drinking orgy, he pawned them, and was never able to reclaim them! The officer appeared to be a rival of the gentleman who was so proud of his fists. He was known to none of Rogojin’s followers, but as they passed by the Nevsky, where he stood begging, he had joined their ranks.
His claim for the charity he desired seemed based on the fact that in the days of his prosperity he had given away as much as fifteen