The Brothers Karamazov

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Maid #3

What scares me most is that the child wants to destroy herself.  Did you hear what she said to Alexei?  “I want to do evil…so that there will be nothing left anywhere.  Ah, how good it will be if there were nothing left” (582).   Then she fantasizes about crucifying children and watching them suffer, all the while eating pineapple compote (584).  Finally, she smashes her finger in the door – I saw her do it – and says, “Mean, mean, mean, mean!”  ((585) Where does she get such ideas?   Why does she want to destroy everything?

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