Go awaygo away, make haste! cried Alyosha, clasping his hands imploringly.
Dear little Alyosha, see me home! Ive got a pretty little story to tell you on the way. I got up this scene for your benefit, Alyosha. See me home, dear, youll be glad of it afterwards.
Alyosha turned away, wringing his hands. Grushenka ran out of the house, laughing musically.
Katerina Ivanovna went into a fit of hysterics. She sobbed, and was shaken with convulsions. Every one fussed round her.
I warned you, said the elder of her aunts. I tried to prevent your doing this. Youre too impulsive. How could you do such a thing? You dont know these creatures, and they say shes worse than any of them. You are too self-willed.
Shes a tigress! yelled Katerina Ivanovna. Why did you hold me, Alexey Fyodorovitch! Id have beaten herbeaten her!
She could not control herself before Alyosha; perhaps she did not care to, indeed.
She ought to be flogged in public on a scaffold!
Alyosha withdrew towards the door.
But, my God! cried Katerina Ivanovna, clasping her hands. He! He! He could be so dishonourable, so inhuman! Why, he told that creature what happened on that fatal, accursed day! You brought your beauty for sale, dear young lady. She knows it! Your brothers a scoundrel, Alexey Fyodorovitch.
Alyosha wanted to say something, but he couldnt find a word. His heart ached.
Go away, Alexey Fyodorovitch! Its shameful, its awful for me! Tomorrow, I beg you on my knees, come to-morrow. Dont condemn me. Forgive me. I dont know what I shall do with myself now!
Alyosha walked out into the street reeling. He could have wept as she did. Suddenly he was overtaken by the maid.
The young lady forgot to give you this letter from Madame Hohlakov; its been left with us since dinner- time.
Alyosha took the little pink envelope mechanically and put it, almost unconsciously, into his pocket.
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