comes next, and is followed by Hell. We talked about this matter when we met, and it impressed her very much.”
“Do you believe all this?” asked Muishkin, looking curiously at his companion.
“I both believe it and explain it. I am but a poor creature, a beggar, an atom in the scale of humanity.
Who has the least respect for Lebedeff? He is a target for all the world, the butt of any fool who chooses to kick him. But in interpreting revelation I am the equal of anyone, great as he may be! Such is the power of the mind and the spirit. I have made a lordly personage tremble, as he sat in his armchair... only by talking to him of things concerning the spirit. Two years ago, on Easter Eve, His Excellency