Aside from packing, there was also decorating to be done.
Not only did it seem to him (as to all administrators) that he controlled the external actions of Moscow's inhabitants, but he also thought he controlled their mental attitude by means of his broadsheets and posters, written in a coarse tone which the people despise in their own class and do not understand from those in authority.
He also brought a bottle of kvass, taken from the kitchen for them to try.
Urged on by Ramballe's questions he also told what he had at first concealed--his own position and even his name.
It was something white by the door--the statue of a sphinx, which also oppressed him.