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Examples of Allusion
One reason why Dostoevski is able to portray with such detail the thoughts and fancies of abnormal persons is because he was so abnormal himself; and because his own life had been filled with such an amazing variety of amazing experiences.
The author's sensations when under condemnation of death and expecting the immediate catastrophe are also minutely given from his own never paling recollection.
As the servant had left them alone, they could now talk freely.
Beatrice, by her frequent glance of curiosity, seemed to await some explanation of a visit so unlooked-for.
He tried his hand occasionally at deciphering ancient inscriptions, reading them as people seem to read the stars, by discovering bears and bulls and swords and goats where, as it seems to me, no sane human being can see anything but stars higgledy-piggledy.
He liked to believe that nothing that happened to him was completely novel: he was persuaded that he often had some recollection of its previous occurrence in the last cycle.