The Brothers Karamazov

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Lise’s Room

Lise’s room is a lovely room, done in pale yellows and blues.  A large window lets in the dim light of this November day, making the faint colors even paler than they are.  The room is tidy – all the hairbrushes and hairpins are lined up in their places – but something seems wrong all the same.

 

Perhaps what’s wrong are the four spots of blood on the carpet by the door, and a trail of drops leading to Lise’s chair by the window.  Three maids are on their knees, scrubbing out the blood, at Madame K’s orders.  Otherwise, the room is uninhabited.