I don't know who or what he was when I first came across the book.
Reading of the arguments against Yakov.
Listen first to a statement of the witness Lebedev . He says it was your intent from the outset to deceive him.
It isn't true, your honor!
The Yakov's nightmare has begun.
At the moment when Yakov was imprisoned, he didn't know what were the reason of being took by the police. The Investigating Magistrate Bibikov interrogated Yakov using the books about Spinoza found in Yakov apartment. He inquired on Yakov interest in Spinoza in order to obtain a more clear vision of Yakov personality and thoughts.
After Bibikov interrogation, Yakov was afraid about his future in this situation in which he was involved. He thought that the only issue that he had to deal with was to hide his Jew identity. It was in the reading of the allegations from Nikolai and Zinaida when Yakov realized which was his real situation.
Once Yakov was informed about the real reason of his imprisonment, the murder of Zhenia, the nightmare that he would experience during the next years of his life has already begun. The first proof of this was the agression that Yakov recieved from the others two prisioners in his cell.