The Idiot Part 1 Chapter 11 Page 13

leave her at once, but I shall keep the money. I’m not going to look a fool; that’s the first thing, not to look a fool.”

“But Nastasia Philipovna seems to me to be such a sensible woman, and, as such, why should she run blindly into this business? That’s what puzzles me so,” said the prince.

“You don’t know all, you see; I tell you there are things — and besides, I’m sure that she is persuaded that I love her to distraction, and I give you my word I have a strong suspicion that she loves me, too — in her own way, of course.

She thinks she will be able to make a sort of slave of me all my life; but I shall prepare a little surprise for her. I don’t know