Notes from Underground – Chapter IV
What should you do?
Summarize what’s being said. Is it confusing? Yes, it is. To help us clarify the ideas being expressed, look up any words, terms, and references you don’t understand.
The narrator uses a lot of weird phrases, repeating them frequently. They seem to be related to philosophical concepts. If we can understand the meaning of his references, maybe we can understand what he’s talking about.
Briefly explain what you think he’s talking about in your section and then identify and define key terms. Many of these terms are a kind of shorthand for complicated ideas or other events. Explain everything specifically.
You should also consult the notes in the book — Notes from Underground has notes! Some words have little numbers, and you can look them up in the back for further information. In the Kindle version, these numbers are hyperlinked, so you can go back and forth between the chapter and the corresponding note quickly.
Of course, you have to have the Pevear/Volokhonsky version to do this.
But regardless of which translation you have, there’s a lot of info out there.
After defining any key terms, you can also add additional commentary, either interpreting the chapter on its own or in relation to the entire text.
I’d say we’re looking at a minimum 500 words per entry. Images and so forth are also ok, and could be helpful.