Pros and Cons
MRS KHOKLAKOVA was again the first person whom Alyosha encountered. She was completely flustered. Something serious had happened; Katerina Ivanovna's hysterics had turned into a fainting fit, followed by a terrible, frightening debilitation; she had become delirious and lay senseless. By now she was feverish, and both Herzenstube and her aunts had been sent for. Her aunts were there, but Herzenstube had still not arrived. While everyone sat in the room and waited to see what would happen, Katerina Ivanovna lay unconscious. If only her temperature did not rise too high!
Mrs Khokhlakova's face as she relayed this news was troubled and anxious: 'This is serious, serious!' she added after every few words, as though everything that had happened to her before was less than serious. Alyosha heard her out with a troubled heart; he was about to start describing his own adventures, but no sooner had he uttered a few words than she interrupted him; she had no time, she begged him to keep Lise company and to wait with her.
'Lise, my dear Aleksei Fyodorovich,' she whispered, practically in his ear, 'Lise has exasperated me recently, but she's been so sweet that I couldn't help but forgive her everything. Imagine, hardly had you left than she began to feel really sorry that she had, it appears, laughed at you yesterday and today. But it turns out she wasn't really mocking you, she was only teasing. But she was so truly sorry, almost in tears, that I was amazed. Whenever she's made fun of me she's never been really sorry, always used to turn it into a joke. And you know, she's always making fun of me. But now she's taking it all seriously, everything has become