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Crime and Punishment

Dostoevsky, Fyodor trans. Michael Scammell | Washington Square, 1963


p. 25

Marmeladov’s drunken prospective for divine forgiveness at the end: “and when [the judge] has finished with everyone, then he shall say to us: ‘And ye also,’ he’ll say, ‘come forth! Come forth ye winebibbers, come forth ye weaklings, come forth ye profligates!’ And we will all come forth and stand there unashamed. And he shall say: ‘Ye are swine! Ye have the beast’s image and stamp on you; but come ye also!’ And the wise shall say, and the judicious shall say: ‘Lord, why dost thou receive these men?’ And he shall say: ‘I receive them, O wise men, I receive them, O judicious ones, because not one of them ever considered himself worthy of it . . . .’ And he shall stretch forth his hands to us and we shall fall at his feet . . . . and weep . . . . and understand all! Then we shall understand all!”