"'Excuse me, I want to ask you a serious question,' the student began ardently. 'I was joking just now, but look: on the one hand you have a stupid, meaningless, worthless, wicked, sick old crone, no good to anyone and, on the contrary, harmful to everyone, who doesn't know herself why she's alive, and who will die on her own tomorrow. Understand? Understand?'" (Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Part I, Chapter VI, p. 65).
Crime and Punishment
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