This characteristic was a wild fanatical modesty and chastity.
That’s always the way with these crazy fanatics; they cross themselves at the tavern and throw stones at the temple.
First of all, I must explain that this young man, Alyosha, was not a fanatic, and, in my opinion at least, was not even a mystic.
I shall be told, perhaps, that red cheeks are not incompatible with fanaticism and mysticism; but I fancy that Alyosha was more of a realist than any one.
But the excited old fanatic was not completely silenced.
Some were almost fanatically devoted to him, and declared, though not quite aloud, that he was a saint, that there could be no doubt of it, and, seeing that his end was near, they anticipated miracles and great glory to the monastery in the immediate future from his relics.
That is clear and it’s a sin to hide it," the fanatic, carried away by a zeal that outstripped his reason, would not be quieted.
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We think it was not a solitary fanatic, but a hired assassin.