""That is why I loved you!" She cried emotionally. "I loved you because you are so generous. Besides, you have no need of my forgiveness and I have no need of yours. For whether you forgive me or not, you'll always remain an open wound in my conscience, just as I will be in yours. And this is as it should be." She stopped to catch her breath, then continued very quickly, in a fervent, exalted tone. "I've come to embrace your feet, to press your hands so hard that it hurts you,..I've come to tell you again that you are my god, my joy, to tell you that I love you, love you terribly..." A moan of pain escaped her lips. She suddenly pressed them violently to Dmitry's hand, as tears gushed from her eyes. "Love is gone," she began again, "but what is gone is so dear to me that it hurts. I want you to know it always. But now, for a brief moment only, let there be something that could have been," she said with a twisted smile, looking happily into his eyes. "I know you are now in love with another woman, and I myself am in love with another man, but nevertheless I'll always love you and you'll always love me. Didn't you know that? You must always love me, as long as you live, do you hear me?" she said with a quiver in her voice that sounded almost like a threat. "I shall love you, you know that," He said breathing heavily between words. "You know, that evening, five days ago, when you fainted there and they carried you away... I loved you. And all my life it will be like that, always.." And they went on murmuring wild, almost incoherent things to each other, things that were perhaps not even really true. But at that second they were true, and the two of them believed them unquestioningly."
—from The Brothers Karamazov
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