At His Father's
First of all, Alyosha went to his father. On the way he remembered that his father had insisted the day before that he should come without his brother Ivan seeing him. Why so? Alyosha wondered suddenly. Even if my father has something to say to me alone, why should I go in unseen? Most likely in his excitement yesterday he meant to say something different, he decided.
Yet he was very glad when Marfa Ignatyevna, who opened the garden gate to him (Grigory, it appeared, was ill in bed in the lodge), told him in answer to his question that Ivan Fyodorovitch had gone out two hours ago.
And my father?
He is up, taking his coffee, Marfa answered somewhat drily.
Alyosha went in. The old man was sitting alone at the table, wearing slippers and a little old overcoat. He was amusing himself by looking through some accounts, rather inattentively however. He was quite alone in the house, for Smerdyakov too had gone out marketing. Though he had got up early and was trying to put a bold face on it, he looked tired and weak. His forehead, upon which huge purple bruises had come out during the night, was bandaged with a red handkerchief; his nose too had swollen terribly in the night, and some smaller bruises covered it in patches, giving his whole face a peculiarly spiteful and irritable look. The old man was aware of this, and turned a hostile glance on Alyosha as he came in.
The coffee is cold, he cried harshly; I wont offer you any. Ive ordered nothing but a Lenten fish soup to-day, and I dont invite any one to share it. Why have you come?
To find out how you are, said Alyosha.
Yes. Besides, I told you to come yesterday. Its all of no consequence. You need not have troubled. But I knew youd come poking in directly.
He said this with almost hostile feeling. At the same time he got up and looked anxiously in the looking- glass (perhaps for the fortieth time that morning) at his nose. He began, too, binding his red handkerchief more becomingly on his forehead.
Reds better. Its just like the hospital in a white one, he observed sententiously. Well, how are things over there? How is your elder?
He is very bad; he may die to-day, answered Alyosha. But his father had not listened, and had forgotten his own question at once.
Ivans gone out, he said suddenly. He is doing his utmost to carry off Mityas betrothed. Thats what he is staying here for, he added maliciously, and, twisting his mouth, looked at Alyosha.
Surely he did not tell you so? asked Alyosha.
Yes, he did, long ago. Would you believe it, he told me three weeks ago? You dont suppose he too came to murder me, do you? He must have had some object in coming.
What do you mean? Why do you say such things? said Alyosha, troubled.
He doesnt ask for money, its true, but yet he wont get a farthing from me. I intend living as long as possible, you may as well know, my dear Alexey Fyodorovitch, and so I need every farthing, and the longer I live, the more I shall need it, he continued, pacing from one corner of the room to the other, keeping his hands in the pockets of his loose greasy overcoat made of yellow cotton material. I can still pass for a man at five and fifty, but I want to pass for one for another twenty years. As I get older, you know, I shant be a pretty object. The wenches wont come to me of their own accord, so I shall want
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