street, and it was a boy bit his finger, isnt he a child, a child himself? Is he fit to be married after that? For only fancy, he wants to be married, mamma. Just think of him married, wouldnt it be funny, wouldnt it be awful?
And Lise kept laughing her thin hysterical giggle, looking slyly at Alyosha.
But why married, Lise? What makes you talk of such a thing? Its quite out of placeand perhaps the boy was rabid.
Why, mamma! As though there were rabid boys!
Why not, Lise, as though I had said something stupid! Your boy might have been bitten by a mad dog and he would become mad and bite any one near him. How well she has bandaged it, Alexey Fyodorovitch. I couldnt have done it. Do you still feel the pain?
Its nothing much now.
You dont feel afraid of water? asked Lise.
Come, thats enough, Lise, perhaps I really was rather too quick talking of the boy being rabid, and you pounced upon it at once. Katerina Ivanovna has only just heard that you are here, Alexey Fyodorovitch, she simply rushed at me, shes dying to see you, dying!
Ach, mamma, go to them yourself. He cant go just now, he is in too much pain.
Not at all, I can go quite well, said Alyosha.
What! You are going away? Is that what you say?
Well, when Ive seen them, Ill come back here and we can talk as much as you like. But I should like to see Katerina Ivanovna at once, for I am very anxious to be back at the monastery as soon as I can.
Mamma, take him away quickly. Alexey Fyodorovitch, dont trouble to come and see me afterwards, but go straight back to your monastery and a good riddance. I want to sleep, I didnt sleep all night.
Ah, Lise, you are only making fun, but how I wish you would sleep! cried Madame Hohlakov.
I dont know what Ive done. Ill stay another three minutes, five if you like, muttered Alyosha.
Even five! Do take him away quickly, mamma, he is a monster.
Lise, you are crazy. Let us go, Alexey Fyodorovitch, she is too capricious to-day. I am afraid to cross her. Oh, the trouble one has with nervous girls! Perhaps she really will be able to sleep after seeing you. How quickly you have made her sleepy, and how fortunate it is.
Ah, mamma, how sweetly you talk. I must kiss you for it, mamma.
And I kiss you too, Lise. Listen, Alexey Fyodorovitch, Madame Hohlakov began mysteriously and importantly, speaking in a rapid whisper. I dont want to suggest anything, I dont want to lift the veil, you will see for yourself whats going on. Its appalling. Its the most fantastic farce. She loves your brother, Ivan, and she is doing her utmost to persuade herself she loves your brother, Dmitri. Its appalling! Ill go in with you, and if they dont turn me out, Ill stay to the end.
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