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  • Then he set off, trusting that on the way he would find some answer to the doubt tormenting him.
  • I’ve been tormented all the week, trying to think how to prevent him from being ashamed to face me because he spent that three thousand.
  • She grew up in the house of a general’s widow, a wealthy old lady of good position, who was at once her benefactress and tormentor.
  • But how she tormented me!
  • It’s just their defenselessness that tempts the tormentor, just the angelic confidence of the child who has no refuge and no appeal, that sets his vile blood on fire.
  • I tell Thee that man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find some one quickly to whom he can hand over that gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.
  • To all other types of humanity these torturers behave mildly and benevolently, like cultivated and humane Europeans; but they are very fond of tormenting children, even fond of children themselves in that sense.
  • All I told her just now was perfectly true, but the worst of it is, it may take her fifteen or twenty years to find out that she doesn’t care for Dmitri, and loves me whom she torments, and perhaps she may never find it out at all, in spite of her lesson to-day.
  • But that is just his torment, to rise up to the Lord without ever having loved, to be brought close to those who have loved when he has despised their love.
  • For him the whole tormenting question lay between him and Fyodor Pavlovitch.
  • And how, seeing them again after many years, he loved them beyond measure, but he harassed and tormented them in love.
  • A horrible fury of hatred suddenly surged up in Mitya’s heart: "There he was, his rival, the man who had tormented him, had ruined his life!"
  • You will forgive me for having tormented you?
  • It was through spite I tormented you all.
  • Why do you torment her?
  • Little by little, even with a sort of enjoyment, she began explaining every detail, not wanting to torment him, but, as it were, eager to be of the utmost service to him.
  • Yet a vague but tormenting and evil impression left by his conversation with Ivan the day before, suddenly revived again now in his soul and seemed forcing its way to the surface of his consciousness.
  • But, of course, it wouldn’t have come to torture then, because I should only have had to say at that instant to the mountain, ’Move and crush the tormentor,’ and it would have moved and at the very instant have crushed him like a black-beetle, and I should have walked away as though nothing had happened, praising and glorifying God.
  • Let him read them how the brothers afterwards journeyed into Egypt for corn, and Joseph, already a great ruler, unrecognized by them, tormented them, accused them, kept his brother Benjamin, and all through love: "I love you, and loving you I torment you."
  • So I kept thinking every day, suppose she were to make up her mind all of a sudden, suppose she were to leave off tormenting me, and were suddenly to say to me, ’I love you, not him; take me to the other end of the world.’
  • I came here seeking my ruin, and said to myself, ’What does it matter?’ in my cowardliness, but she, after five years in torment, as soon as any one says a word from the heart to her—it makes her forget everything, forgive everything, in her tears!
  • Grigory stood with a perplexed face, looking straight at his tormentor.
  • Let him read them how the brothers afterwards journeyed into Egypt for corn, and Joseph, already a great ruler, unrecognized by them, tormented them, accused them, kept his brother Benjamin, and all through love: "I love you, and loving you I torment you."
  • "It’s you say that, not he," exclaimed Alyosha mournfully, "and you say it because you are ill and delirious, tormenting yourself."
  • He was tormented by remorse, I could see that.
  • I’m tormented on the rack—but I exist!
  • There was evidently something, some object, that irritated him there, worried him and tormented him.
  • Why am I tormented by it?
  • He tormented himself with his conscience!
  • His passion might well, for a moment, stifle not only the fear of arrest, but even the torments of conscience.
  • Yes, he knows how to torment one.
  • "That money was a torment to him," Katya went on with impulsive haste.
  • And now he almost fancied that these tormenting thoughts would make him even forget Katerina Ivanovna, so completely did they take possession of him again.
  • They worry over their ’wickedness,’ they are tormented by pangs of conscience, often entirely without cause; they exaggerate and often invent all sorts of faults and crimes.
  • The sight of an unworthy father involuntarily suggests tormenting questions to a young creature, especially when he compares him with the excellent fathers of his companions.
  • She was continually tormented at the same time by remorse for having deserted Mitya, and in moments of discord and violent anger (and they were numerous) she told Ivan so plainly.
  • Now she is going to follow one of your brothers to Siberia, and your other brother is going to follow her, and will live in the nearest town, and they will all torment one another.
  • For even if the righteous in Paradise forgave them, beholding their torments, and called them up to heaven in their infinite love, they would only multiply their torments, for they would arouse in them still more keenly a flaming thirst for responsive, active and grateful love which is now impossible.
  • For even if the righteous in Paradise forgave them, beholding their torments, and called them up to heaven in their infinite love, they would only multiply their torments, for they would arouse in them still more keenly a flaming thirst for responsive, active and grateful love which is now impossible.
  • ’He would have killed me, I could see that he would have killed me,’ he said at the inquiry, trembling and shaking even before us, though his tormentor was by that time arrested and could do him no harm.
  • Yes, but there is something else, gentlemen of the jury, something that cries out in the soul, throbs incessantly in the mind, and poisons the heart unto death—that something is conscience, gentlemen of the jury, its judgment, its terrible torments!
  • Some person or thing seemed to be standing out somewhere, just as something will sometimes obtrude itself upon the eye, and though one may be so busy with work or conversation that for a long time one does not notice it, yet it irritates and almost torments one till at last one realizes, and removes the offending object, often quite a trifling and ridiculous one—some article left about in the wrong place, a handkerchief on the floor, a book not replaced on the shelf, and so on.
  • "That’s right, Dmitri Fyodorovitch, you’re quite right, one mustn’t crush or torment a man, or any kind of creature, for every creature is created by God.
  • Why do you torment me?" said Smerdyakov, with a look of suffering.
  • "But now the affair becomes even more complex; his jealous torments reach a climax, and those same two questions torture his fevered brain more and more: ’If I repay Katerina Ivanovna, where can I find the means to go off with Grushenka?’
  • "Yes, I’d forgotten . but it doesn’t matter now, never mind, till to-morrow," he muttered to himself, "and you," he added, addressing his visitor, "I should have remembered that myself in a minute, for that was just what was tormenting me!
  • Our Lady visits hell, and the Archangel Michael leads her through the torments.

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  • She enjoys tormenting others.
  • She concealed her torment.

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