I know difference between present perfect and simple past clearly. But in the following sentences, which of these tense is more correct logically?
Today was a ridiculous, outrageous,absurd day.Now it's eleven o o'clock at night.I'm sitting in my little room and remembering.It started with my having to go in the morning and play roulette for POLINA .
Today hasn't finished yet. However, the writer has used simple past
Today has been a day of folly, stupidity, and ineptness. The time is now eleven o'clock in the evening, and I am sitting in my room and thinking. It all began, this morning, with my being forced to go and play roulette for Polina Alexandrovna. When she handed me over her store of six hundred gulden I exacted two conditions—namely, that I should not go halves with her in her winnings, if any (that is to say, I should not take anything for myself), and that she should explain to me, that same evening, why it was so necessary for her to win, and how much was the sum which she needed. For, I could not suppose that she was doing all this merely for the sake of money. Yet clearly she did need some money, and that as soon as possible, and for a special purpose. Well, she promised to explain matters, and I departed. There was a tremendous crowd in the gaming-rooms. What an arrogant, greedy crowd it was! I pressed forward towards the middle of the room until I had secured a seat at a croupier's elbow. Then I began to play in timid fashion, venturing only twenty or thirty gulden at a time. Meanwhile, I observed and took notes. It seemed to me that calculation was superfluous, and by no means possessed of the importance which certain other players attached to it, even though they sat with ruled papers in their hands, whereon they set down the coups, calculated the chances, reckoned, staked, and—lost exactly as we more simple mortals did who played without any reckoning at all.
These sentences are from two existing translation of the gambler by Dostoyevsky. According to the below explanation, the person with whom the history has business must be in a new mood and have forgotten the day perfectly. But I have brought the next sentences. As you see, the person is thinking about the day. Now, can you say that which translator has made a mistake?