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Crime and Punishment

Murder / Mystery:


sank into a state of feverish excitement.

"The old woman is of no consequence," he thought, hotly and incoherently. "The old woman was a mistake perhaps, but she is not what matters!

The old woman was only an illness.... I was in a hurry to overstep.... I didn't kill a human being, but a principle!

I killed the principle, but I didn't overstep, I stopped on this side.... I was only capable of killing. And it seems I wasn't even capable of that...

Principle? Why was that fool Razumihin abusing the socialists? They are industrious, commercial people; 'the happiness of all' is their case.

No, life is only given to me once and I shall never have it again; I don't want to wait for 'the happiness of all.' I want to live myself, or else better not live at all.

I simply couldn't pass by my mother starving, keeping my rouble in my pocket while I waited for the 'happiness of all.' I am putting my little brick into the happiness of all and so my heart is at peace.

Ha-ha! Why have you let me slip? I only live once, I too want.... Ech, I am an ęsthetic louse and nothing more," he added suddenly, laughing like a madman.......

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