The Inn at Mokroye is a medium-size inn for travelers. On the first floor of the Inn is the large room that the inn’s owner, Trifon Borisich, uses for parties. The parties at the inn are known for miles around. If his price is met, Borisich will provide everything necessary for a party: champagne, gypsies, music, dancing.
But Borisich’s Inn, which has a certain decadent glamour at night, is often gloomy and hung-over in the morning. On this morning, the gloom at the inn is especially thick: the inn’s favorite patron, Dmitri Karamazov, has been charged with the murder of his father.
Minor officials crowd the corners of the inn as the chief prosecutors question Dmitri in the large room in front. You would like to go in there, listen to the questioning, and say a word or two in Dmitri’s defense. But you are blocked by the minor officials. You decide to talk to them and see what they know about this terrible crime.