Mitya's Great Secret. Received with Hisses
Gentlemen, he began, still in the same agitation, I want to make a full confession: that money was my own.
The lawyers faces lengthened. That was not at all what they expected.
How do you mean? faltered Nikolay Parfenovitch, when at five oclock on the same day, from your own confession
Damn five oclock on the same day and my own confession. Thats nothing to do with it now! That money was my own, my own, that is, stolen by me not mine, I mean, but stolen by me, and it was fifteen hundred roubles, and I had it on me all the time, all the time
But where did you get it?
I took it off my neck, gentlemen, off this very neck it was here, round my neck, sewn up in a rag, and Id had it round my neck a long time, its a month since I put it round my neck to my shame and disgrace!
And from whom did you appropriate it?
You mean, steal it? Speak out plainly now. Yes, I consider that I practically stole it, but, if you prefer, I appropriated it. I consider I stole it. And last night I stole it finally.
Last night? But you said that its a month since you obtained it?
Yes. But not from my father. Not from my father, dont be uneasy. I didnt steal it from my father, but from her. Let me tell you without interrupting. Its hard to do, you know. You see, a month ago, I was sent for by Katerina Ivanovna, formerly my betrothed. Do you know her?
Yes, of course.
I know you know her. Shes a noble creature, noblest of the noble. But she has hated me ever so long, oh, ever so long and hated me with good reason, good reason!
Katerina Ivanovna! Nikolay Parfenovitch exclaimed with wonder. The prosecutor, too, stared.
Oh, dont take her name in vain! Im a scoundrel to bring her into it. Yes, Ive seen that she hated me a long while. From the very first, even that evening at my lodging but enough, enough. Youre unworthy even to know of that. No need of that at all. I need only tell you that she sent for me a month ago, gave me three thousand roubles to send to her sister and another relation in Moscow (as though she couldnt have sent it off herself!), and I it was just at that fatal moment in my life when I Well, in fact, when Id just come to love another, her, shes sitting down below now, Grushenka. I carried her off here to Mokroe then, and wasted here in two days half that damned three thousand, but the other half I kept on me. Well, Ive kept that other half, that fifteen hundred like a locket round my neck, but yesterday I undid it, and spent it. Whats left of it, eight hundred roubles, is in your hands now, Nikolay Parfenovitch. Thats the change out of the fifteen hundred I had yesterday.
Excuse me. Hows that? Why, when you were here a month ago you spent three thousand, not fifteen hundred, everybody knows that.
Who knows it? Who counted the money? Did I let any one count it?
Why, you told every one yourself that youd spent exactly three thousand.
Its true, I did. I told the whole town so, and the whole town said so. And here, at Mokroe, too, every one reckoned it was three thousand. Yet I didnt spend three thousand, but fifteen hundred. And the
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