" . . . every reality, even though it has its unalterable laws, is almost always difficult to believe and improbable, and sometimes, indeed, the more real it is the more improbable it is."
"But could he eat sixty monks?" they asked, laughing round him.
"He didn't eat them all at once, that's evident. But if he consumed them in the course of fifteen or twenty years, it is perfectly comprehensible and natural . . . . . ."
from The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Part 3, Lebedev's drunken rant, p. 346