CHAPTER XI

THE mother went to the room in the tavern, sat herself at the table in front of the samovar, took a piece of bread in her hand, looked at it, and slowly put it back on the plate. She was not hungry; the feeling in her breast rose again and flushed her with nausea. She grew faint and dizzy; the blood was sucked from her heart. Before her stood the face of the blue-eyed peasant. It was a face that expressed nothing and failed to arouse confidence. For some reason the mother did not want to tell herself in so many words that he would betray her. The suspicion lay deep in her breast—a dead weight, dull and motionless.

“He scented me ! ” she thought idly and faintly. “ He noticed — he guessed.” Further than this her thoughts would not go, and she sank into an oppressive despondency. The nausea, the spiritless stillness beyond the window that replaced the noise, disclosed something huge, but subdued, something frightening, which sharpened her feeling of solitude, her consciousness of powerlessness, and filled her heart with ashen gloom. The young girl came in and stopped at the door. “ Shall I bring you an omelette ? ” “ No, thank you, I don’t want it ; the shouts frightened me.”

The girl walked up to the table and began to speak excitedly in hasty, terror-stricken tones:

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • List of Illustrations xvii
  • Part I 1
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  • Chapter II 11
  • Chapter III 24
  • Chapter IV 41
  • Chapter V 50
  • Chapter VI 62
  • Chapter VII 71
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  • Chapter XI 114
  • Chapter XII 125
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