and the rich men, and shall be filled up as you have been in all the ages till I come again. Those were His very words
A peasant legend! Capital! Whip up the left, Andrey!
So you see, sir, who it is hells for, said Andrey, whipping up the left horse, but youre like a little child thats how we look on you and though youre hasty-tempered, sir, yet God will forgive you for your kind heart.
And you, do you forgive me, Andrey?
What should I forgive you for, sir? Youve never done me any harm.
No, for every one, for every one, you here alone, on the road, will you forgive me for every one? Speak, simple peasant heart!
Oh, sir! I feel afraid of driving you, your talk is so strange.
But Mitya did not hear. He was frantically praying and muttering to himself.
Lord, receive me, with all my lawlessness, and do not condemn me. Let me pass by Thy judgment do not condemn me, for I have condemned myself, do not condemn me, for I love Thee, O Lord. I am a wretch, but I love Thee. If Thou sendest me to hell, I shall love Thee there, and from there I shall cry out that I love Thee for ever and ever. But let me love to the end. Here and now for just five hours till the first light of Thy day for I love the queen of my soul I love her and I cannot help loving her. Thou seest my whole heart. I shall gallop up, I shall fall before her and say, You are right to pass on and leave me. Farewell and forget your victim never fret yourself about me!
Mokroe! cried Andrey, pointing ahead with his whip.
Through the pale darkness of the night loomed a solid black mass of buildings, flung down, as it were, in the vast plain. The village of Mokroe numbered two thousand inhabitants, but at that hour all were asleep, and only here and there a few lights still twinkled.
Drive on, Andrey, I come! Mitya exclaimed, feverishly.
Theyre not asleep, said Andrey again, pointing with his whip to the Plastunovs inn, which was at the entrance to the village. The six windows, looking on the street, were all brightly lighted up.
Theyre not asleep, Mitya repeated, joyously. Quicker, Andrey! Gallop! Drive up with a dash! Set the bells ringing! Let all know that I have come. Im coming! Im coming, too!
Andrey lashed his exhausted team into a gallop, drove with a dash and pulled up his steaming, panting horses at the high flight of steps.
Mitya jumped out of the cart just as the innkeeper, on his way to bed, peeped out from the steps curious to see who had arrived.
Trifon Borissovitch, is that you?
The innkeeper bent down, looked intently, ran down the steps, and rushed up to the guest with obsequious delight.
Dmitri Fyodorovitch, your honour! Do I see you again?
Trifon Borissovitch was a thick-set, healthy peasant, of middle height, with a rather fat face. His expression was severe and uncompromising, especially with the peasants of Mokroe, but he had the power of assuming
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