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The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoevsky translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

"But the furnishings of the rooms were not more distinguished by any special comfort: leather-covered mahogany, in the old fashion of the twenties; the floors were not even painted; yet everything was bright and clean, there were many costly plants in the windows; but the main luxury at the moment was, naturally, the luxuriously laid table - once again, relatively speaking, by the way: a clean table cloth, sparkling dishes, perfectly baked bread of three kinds, two bottles of wine, two bottles of excellent monastery mead, and a big glass jug of monastery kvass, famous throughout the neighborhood." Part I, Book II (An Inappropriate Gathering), Chapter 8 (Scandal)