This novella was a bit of a letdown after reading The Double. This story was a short romance, but it did not have the depth of insight into the characters that other stories of Dostoyevsky have. The story basically is just a boy falling madly in love with a woman he hardly knows, and then finding out that there is more to her than he knew but he doesn't care. Then it pretty much ends. Dostoyevsky still writes beautifully so I am glad to have at least read this.