His face now expressed complete, hopeless despair, and he sat mute and passive as though hardly conscious of what was happening.
Supposing that he did agree, it would still follow that Dmitri Karamazov is the murderer and the instigator, and Smerdyakov is only a passive accomplice, and not even an accomplice, but merely acquiesced against his will through terror.
"But perhaps it was not a case of active complicity on Smerdyakov’s part, but only of passive acquiescence; perhaps Smerdyakov was intimidated and agreed not to prevent the murder, and foreseeing that he would be blamed for letting his master be murdered, without screaming for help or resisting, he may have obtained permission from Dmitri Karamazov to get out of the way by shamming a fit—’you may murder him as you like; it’s nothing to me.’
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She plays a passive role in their relationship.
Watching television is too passive for me. I prefer more active hobbies.