THE doctor came out of the room again, muffled in his fur coat and with hi_ap on his head. His face looked almost angry and disgusted, as though he wer_fraid of getting dirty. He cast a cursory glance round the passage, lookin_ternly at Alyosha and Kolya as he did so. Alyosha waved from the door to th_oachman, and the carriage that had brought the doctor drove up. The captai_arted out after the doctor, and, bowing apologetically, stopped him to ge_he last word. The poor fellow looked utterly crushed; there was a scared loo_n his eyes.
"Your Excellency, your Excellency… is it possible?" he began, but could not g_n and clasped his hands in despair. Yet he still gazed imploringly at th_octor, as though a word from him might still change the poor boy's fate.
"I can't help it, I am not God!" the doctor answered offhand, though with th_ustomary impressiveness.
"Doctor… your Excellency… and will it be soon, soon?"
"You must be prepared for anything," said the doctor in emphatic and incisiv_ones, and dropping his eyes, he was about to step out to the coach.
"Your Excellency, for Christ's sake!" the terror-stricken captain stopped hi_gain. "Your Excellency! But can nothing, absolutely nothing save him now?"
"It's not in my hands now," said the doctor impatiently, "but h'm!… " h_topped suddenly. "If you could, for instance… send… your patient… at once,
without delay" (the words "at once, without delay," the doctor uttered with a_lmost wrathful sternness that made the captain start) "to Syracuse, th_hange to the new be-ne-ficial
"To Syracuse!" cried the captain, unable to grasp what was said.
"Syracuse is in Sicily," Kolya jerked out suddenly in explanation. The docto_ooked at him.
"Sicily! Your Excellency," faltered the captain, "but you've seen"- he sprea_ut his hands, indicating his surroundings- "mamma and my family?"
"N-no, SiciIy is not the place for the family, the family should go t_aucasus in the early spring… your daughter must go to the Caucasus, and you_ife… after a course of the waters in the Caucasus for her rheumatism… must b_ent straight to Paris to the mental specialist Lepelletier; I could give yo_ note to him, and then… there might be a change-"
"Doctor, doctor! But you see!" The captain flung wide his hands agai_espairingly, indicating the bare wooden walls of the passage.
"Well, that's not my business," grinned the doctor. "I have only told you th_nswer of medical science to your question as to possible
"Don't be afraid, apothecary, my dog won't bite you," Kolya rapped out loudly,
noticing the doctor's rather uneasy glance at Perezvon, who was standing i_he doorway. There was a wrathful note in Kolya's voice. He used the wor_pothecary instead of doctor on purpose, and, as he explained afterwards, use_t "to insult him."
"What's that?" The doctor flung up his head, staring with surprise at Kolya.
"Who's this?" he addressed Alyosha, as though asking him to explain.
"It's Perezvon's master, don't worry about me," Kolya said incisively again.
"Perezvon?"[](footnotes.xml#footnote_13) repeated the doctor, perplexed.
"He hears the bell, but where it is he cannot tell. Good-bye, we shall meet i_yracuse." "Who's this? Who's this?" The doctor flew into a terrible rage. "H_s a schoolboy, doctor, he is a mischievous boy; take no notice of him," sai_lyosha, frowning and speaking quickly. "Kolya, hold your tongue!" he cried t_rassotkin. "Take no notice of him, doctor," he repeated, rather impatiently.
"He wants a thrashing, a good thrashing!" The doctor stamped in a perfec_ury. "And you know, apothecary, my Perezvon might bite!" said Kolya, turnin_ale, with quivering voice and flashing eyes. "Ici, Perezvon!" "Kolya, if yo_ay another word, I'll have nothing more to do with you," Alyosha crie_eremptorily. "There is only one man in the world who can command Nikola_rassotkin- this is the man," Kolya pointed to Alyosha. "I obey him, good-
bye!" He stepped forward, opened the door, and quickly went into the inne_oom. Perezvon flew after him. The doctor stood still for five seconds i_mazement, looking at Alyosha; then, with a curse, he went out quickly to th_arriage, repeating aloud, "This is… this is… I don't know what it is!" Th_aptain darted forward to help him into the carriage. Alyosha followed Koly_nto the room. He was already by Ilusha's bedside. The sick boy was holdin_is hand and calling for his father. A minute later the captain, too, cam_ack. "Father, father, come… we… " Ilusha faltered in violent excitement, bu_pparently unable to go on, he flung his wasted arms, found his father an_olya, uniting them in one embrace, and hugging them as tightly as he could.
The captain suddenly began to shake with dumb sobs, and Kolya's lips and chi_witched. "Father, father! How sorry I am for you!" Ilusha moaned bitterly.
"Ilusha… darling… the doctor said… you would be all right… we shall be happy…
the doctor… " the captain began. "Ah, father! I know what the new doctor sai_o you about me… . I saw!" cried Ilusha, and again he hugged them both wit_ll his strength, hiding his face on his father's shoulder. "Father, don'_ry, and when I die get a good boy, another one… choose one of them all, _ood one, call him Ilusha and love him instead of me… " "Hush, old man, you'l_et well," Krassotkin cried suddenly, in a voice that sounded angry. "Bu_on't ever forget me, father," Ilusha went on, "come to my grave… and father,
bury me by our big stone, where we used to go for our walk, and come to m_here with Krassotkin in the evening… and Perezvon… I shall expect you… .
Father, father!" His voice broke. They were all three silent, still embracing.
Nina was crying, quietly in her chair, and at last seeing them all crying,
"mamma," too, burst into tears. "Ilusha! Ilusha!" she exclaimed. Krassotki_uddenly released himself from Ilusha's embrace. "Good-bye, old man, mothe_xpects me back to dinner," he said quickly. "What a pity I did not tell her!
She will be dreadfully anxious… But after dinner I'll come back to you for th_hole day, for the whole evening, and I'll tell you all sorts of things, al_orts of things. And I'll bring Perezvon, but now I will take him with me,
because he will begin to howl when I am away and bother you. Good-bye! And h_an out into the passage. He didn't want to cry, but in the passage he burs_nto tears. Alyosha found him crying. "Kolya, you must be sure to keep you_ord and come, or he will be terribly disappointed," Alyosha sai_mphatically. "I will! Oh, how I curse myself for not having come before"
muttered Kolya, crying, and no longer ashamed of it. At that moment th_aptain flew out of the room, and at once closed the door behind him. His fac_ooked frenzied, his lips were trembling. He stood before the two and flung u_is arms. "I don't want a good boy! I don't want another boy!" he muttered i_ wild whisper, clenching his teeth. "If I forget thee, knees before th_ooden bench. Pressing his fists against his head, he began sobbing wit_bsurd whimpering cries, doing his utmost that his cries should not be hear_n the room. Kolya ran out into the street. "Good-bye, Karamazov? Will yo_ome yourself?" he cried sharply and angrily to Alyosha. "I will certainl_ome in the evening." "What was that he said about Jerusalem?… What did h_ean by that?" "It's from the Bible. 'If I forget thee, Jerusalem,' that is,
if I forget all that is most precious to me, if I let anything take its place,
then may-" "I understand, that's enough! Mind you come! Ici, Perezvon!" h_ried with positive ferocity to the dog, and with rapid strides he went home.