?So you are not grieved at her death??
?She was dead to me long ago.?
?It is sinful to say that.Do not be angry with me.You call me your friend: a friend may say everything.To me it is really terrible . . . .Yesterday there was an evil look in your face . . . .Do you remember not long ago how you abused her, and she, perhaps, at that very time was dead?It is terrible.It has been sent to you as a punishment.?
Lavretsky smiled bitterly.
?Do you think so? At least, I am now free.?
Lisa gave a slight shudder.
?Stop, do not talk like that. Of what use is your freedom to you? You ought not to be thinking of that now, but of forgiveness.?
?I forgave her long ago,? Lavretsky interposed with a gesture of the hand.
?No, that is not it,? replied Lisa, flushing. ?You did not understand me. You ought to be seeking to be forgiven.?
?To be forgiven by whom??
?By whom? God. Who can forgive us, but God??
Lavretsky seized her hand.
?Ah, Lisaveta Mihalovna, believe me,? he cried, ?I have been punished enough as it is. I have expiated everything already, believe me.?
?That you cannot know,? Lisa murmured in an undertone. ?You have forgotten ? not long ago, when you were talking to me ? you were not ready to forgive her.?
She walked in silence along the avenue.
?And what about your daughter?? Lisa asked, suddenly stopping short.
?Oh, don’t be uneasy! I have already sent letters in all directions. The future of my daughter, as you call ? as you say ? is assured. Do not be uneasy.?
Lisa smiled mournfully.
?But you are right,? continued Lavretsky, ?what can I do with my freedom? What good is it to me??
?When did you get that paper?? said Lisa, without replying to his question.
?The day after your visit.?
?And is it possible you did not even shed tears??