We are unable to read your manuscript as it is. Please consolidate all character names and refer to them consistently. We cannot distinguish between characters’ surnames, nicknames, and proper names. In many cases (which we find extremely aggravating) you refer to two different persons with the same name. For example, Polina (Polya, Polenka, Polechka) often addresses Sofya (Semyonovna, Sonya, Sonechka) Marmeladov by her middle name Ivanovna, which is the same as two other Ivanovnas in the novel, Alyona and Avdotya. By the fourth chapter, one of our editors went into epileptic shock, which, despite your earnest cover letter, doesn’t make you the only one.