He had begun his sentence intending to say, “Surely you are not Prince Muishkin, are you?”
“Yes, straight from the train!
Did not you intend to say, ‘Surely you are not Prince Muishkin?’ just now, but refrained out of politeness?”
“H’m!” grunted the astonished servant.
“I assure you I am not deceiving you; you shall not have to answer for me. As to my being dressed like this, and carrying a bundle, there’s nothing surprising in that — the fact is, my circumstances are not particularly rosy at this moment.”
“H’m! — no, I’m not afraid of that, you see; I