The Brothers Karamazov

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Maid #2

Lise can’t make up her mind – not only between the devils and God, but also between Alexei and Ivan.  She clings to Alexei and begs him to save her (585), but she also wants someone to torment her – to marry her and then torment her, deceive her, and then go away (581).  She wants to suffer!


Poor child.  She’s confusing romantic suffering with true suffering.  Being a martyr to romantic love and being a true martyr to the world and its’ sorrows – those are two very different things.  In fact, not just different, but incompatible.  Romantic love and Christ’s love are at odds with each other.  Don’t you think?

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