And do you know that Nazaryev, the merchant with the medal, a juryman?
What of him?
He is a man with brains.
But he never speaks.
He is no great talker, but so much the better. Theres no need for the Petersburg man to teach him: he could teach all Petersburg himself. Hes the father of twelve children. Think of that!
Upon my word, you dont suppose they wont acquit him? one of our young officials exclaimed in another group.
Theyll acquit him for certain, said a resolute voice.
It would be shameful, disgraceful, not to acquit him! cried the official. Suppose he did murder himthere are fathers and fathers! And, besides, he was in such a frenzy. He really may have done nothing but swing the pestle in the air, and so knocked the old man down. But it was a pity they dragged the valet in. That was simply an absurd theory! If Id been in Fetyukovitchs place, I should simply have said straight out: He murdered him; but he is not guilty, hang it all!
Thats what he did, only without saying, Hang it all!
No, Mihail Semyonovitch, he almost said that, too, put in a third voice.
Why, gentlemen, in Lent an actress was acquitted in our town who had cut the throat of her lovers lawful wife.
Oh, but she did not finish cutting it.
That makes no difference. She began cutting it.
What did you think of what he said about children? Splendid, wasnt it?
And about mysticism, too!
Oh, drop mysticism, do! cried some one else; think of Ippolit and his fate from this day forth. His wife will scratch his eyes out to-morrow for Mityas sake.
Is she here?
What an idea! If shed been here shed have scratched them out in court. She is at home with toothache. He, he, he!
He, he, he!
In a third group:
I daresay they will acquit Mitenka, after all.
I should not be surprised if he turns the Metropolis upside down tomorrow. He will be drinking for ten days!
Oh, the devil!
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