"You would be ready, no doubt, to mortify and scourge yourself for centuries altogether. Wouldn't you?" "Oh, yes, ready with all my heart," I cried in my misery. "Of course! When it's a question of anything stupid and pathetic and devoid of humor or wit, you're the man, you tragedian. Well, I am not. I don't care a fig for all your romantics of atonement. You wanted to be executed and to have your head chopped off, you lunatic! For this imbecile idea you would suffer death ten times over. You are willing to die, you coward, but not to live. The devil, but you shall live!"