Contest Question for September 3

DON’T START WITH ME: What famous novel by what important writer begins with this paragraph (in English translation):


On May 20, 1859, a hatless gentleman somewhat over forty years old, wearing a dusty coat and checked trousers, came out on to the doorstep of a little country inn on the X— Highway and inquired of his servant, “Well, Pyotr? No sign of them yet?”