The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Father Sergius by Leo Tolstoy:|
said that you are a pilgrim, a nobleman, and that I used to know
you. Come into the dining-room for tea.'
'No . . .'
'Well then, I'll bring some to you here.'
'No, I don't want anything. God bless you, Pashenka! I am going
now. If you pity me, don't tell anyone that you have seen me.
For the love of God don't tell anyone. Thank you. I would bow to
your feet but I know it would make you feel awkward. Thank you,
and forgive me for Christ's sake!'
'Give me your blessing.'
'God bless you! Forgive me for Christ's sake!'