As he fell asleep he prayed for Mitya and Ivan. He began to understand Ivans illness. The anguish
of a proud determination. An earnest conscience! God, in Whom he disbelieved, and His truth were
gaining mastery over his heart, which still refused to submit. Yes, the thought floated through Alyoshas
head as it lay on the pillow, yes, if Smerdyakov is dead, no one will believe Ivans evidence; but he will
go and give it. Alyosha smiled softly. God will conquer! he thought. He will either rise up in the light
of truth, or
hell perish in hate, revenging on himself and on every one his having served the cause he
does not believe in, Alyosha added bitterly, and again he prayed for Ivan.