But at last they left him alone and gave up taunting him with being a "regular girl," and what’s more they looked upon it with compassion as a weakness.
She went so far that the boys actually began to mock at him on her account and taunt him with being a "mother’s darling."
The boys, seeing I’d given him up, set on him and taunted him, shouting, ’Wisp of tow, wisp of tow!’
He was met by cynical taunts, suspicions and wrangling about money.
He kept taunting me with believing in him, and that was how he made me listen to him.
He taunted me with being angry at his being a simple devil and not Satan, with scorched wings, in thunder and lightning.
"What touching sentimentality!" said Rakitin tauntingly; "and she’s sitting on his knee, too!
"Rakitin," he said suddenly, in a firm and loud voice; "don’t taunt me with having rebelled against God.
"Don’t taunt me with dressing up, Rakitin, you don’t know all that is in my heart!
"In the ordinary occasions of life," he said in the same complacent and sententious tone in which he had taunted Grigory and argued with him about religion at Fyodor Pavlovitch’s table, "in the ordinary occasions of life, blows on the face are forbidden nowadays by law, and people have given them up, but in exceptional occasions of life people still fly to blows, not only among us but all over the world, be it even the fullest Republic of France, just as in the time of Adam and Eve,…