The narrative begins with the description of Nevsky Prospekt, its beauties, which no inhabitant “will exchange for all good”. A prospectus is described in the morning when it is still empty and it is possible to see only the working people going to the service or a sleepy official. At twelve o’clock in the afternoon on Nevsky “the tutors make tutors” with their pupils. By two o’clock “their parents take the place of pupils”, and later all other regulars of this street join them. Only on Nevsky can you find the best whiskers, mustaches, dresses, hats, ladies’ sleeves, smiles, frock coats, noses, rings and much more. From four o’clock the Nevsky is empty, only some seamstress will run across it. But as soon as dusk comes, the avenue
Two comrades – lieutenant Pirogov and a young man in a dress coat – parted ways to catch up with the beauties who fancied them on Nevsky in the twilight. Pirogov smugly and presumptuously believed that there was no beauty in the world that would not submit to him, and therefore boldly went for his beauty. His friend walked timidly, wanting only to see the house in which he lives that beautiful creature, “which seemed to fly off the sky directly to Nevsky Prospekt and, surely, would fly away no one knows where.” This young man was an artist Piskarev, “shy, timid, but in his soul carried sparks of feeling, ready at a convenient opportunity to turn into a flame.” The girl pursued by Piskarev looked back, her eyes expressed indignation, and the artist stopped, lowering his eyes. But then again I went after a stranger. She looked back, but now she seemed to smile. So they reached the four-story house, where the stranger turned to the artist and invited him to follow her with a gesture. He walked along the spiral staircase, and in his head various thoughts about the dream come true. When they found themselves in the room, Piskarev realized that this house was a shelter, “where he founded his home a miserable depravity.”
When Pirogov parted on the avenue with Piskarev, he rushed after a sweet blonde who was “an interesting creature.” Pirogov himself was one of those officers who could make a statue laugh. Such people do not appear in high society, but at an evening with a state councilor or an actual state councilor, you can meet them. They love literature, theater, have a cabriolet and a couple of horses. As a result, they marry the daughter of a merchant and serve up to the colonel. Pirogov continued to pursue the stranger, sometimes taking up her conversations. So they reached the master’s apartment, the stranger walked into the side door. The lieutenant followed after her. He got into the room where Schiller and Hoffmann were sitting – the tin maker and the shoemaker. They were very drunk. Pirogov tried to talk to the men, but they drove him away.
The next day Pirogov appeared in the workshop, where he met his blonde. He complimented her, and she threatened to call her husband. Shiller appeared. Pirogov ordered the spurs from him, and himself wagged about his wife. Schiller sent his wife to the kitchen. Pirogov had no choice but to retire, but he was not going to surrender. As soon as the spurs were ready, Pirogov ordered Schiller’s rim to the dagger: thus he could often visit the blonde’s house. Later Pirogov learned that on Sundays Schiller was not at home, he decided to take advantage of this. The next Sunday Pirogov went to the blonde. He had already kissed the beauty’s leg when the drunk Shiller returned with two friends. They excellently finished Pirogov. He angrily decided to complain to the general, but on his way home he went into the confectioner’s shop, then walked along Nevsky Prospekt, later went to the evening,
The story ends with a warning: “Do not believe this Nevsky Prospekt!” He lies at any time, this Nevsky Prospekt, but most of all then… when the demon lights the lamps for that only to show everything not in real form. “