seventy-five thousand roubles’ — I don’t want them. I let you go free for nothing — take your freedom! You must need it. Nine years and three months’ captivity is enough for anybody.
Tomorrow I shall start afresh — today I am a free agent for the first time in my life.
“General, you must take your pearls back, too — give them to your wife — here they are! Tomorrow I shall leave this flat altogether, and then there’ll be no more of these pleasant little social gatherings, ladies and gentlemen.”
So saying, she scornfully rose from her seat as though to depart.
“Nastasia Philipovna! Nastasia Philipovna!”