“Conscience was lost all of a sudden, almost instantly!” Even yesterday this annoying prizhivalka flashed before my eyes, and seemed to be excited imagination, and all of a sudden nothing! ” Without conscience, people began to live more easily, they “hastened to take advantage of the fruits of this freedom.” Robbery and robbery began, people became frenzied. Conscience was lying on the road and “everyone threw it like an unfit rag”, wondering “how in such a comfortable city and in the most lively place such a blatant disgrace can be lying.”
One “unfortunate propoy” picked up his conscience “in the hope of getting a scale for her.” And immediately they were seized by fear and remorse: “out of the darkness
Prochorych immediately began to repent. It is a sin to solder the people! He even began to speak in front of the regulars of the tavern – about the harm of vodka. Some people invited him to take his conscience, but everyone eschewed such a gift. Prokhorych was even going to pour the wine into the ditch. There was no trade that day, they did not make a penny, but the cabaretter slept calmly, not like in the old days. My wife realized that it was impossible to trade with one’s conscience. At dawn, she stole her husband’s conscience and rushed with her into the street. The day was bazaar, there were many people in the streets. Arina Ivanovna thrust a tedious conscience into the pocket of the quarter warder named Lovets.
Samuel Davydovich himself and his children are well versed in the ways of extracting money from anything. Even younger sons understand “how much the latter owes to the first for the taken candy-like candy”. Conscience in such a family does not need anything at all. Brzhotsky found a way out. He had long promised a certain general to make a charitable donation. To the hundreds of banknotes (actually donation) was enclosed and conscience in the envelope. All this was handed to the general.
So conscience was passed from hand to hand. Nobody needed it. And then the conscience asked the latter who was in her hands: “Find me a little Russian child, dissolve you before me, his heart is pure and bury me in it!”
“A little child grows up, and conscience grows with him, and a little child will be a big man, and there will be a great conscience in him, and then all the untruths, guile and violence will disappear, because the conscience will not be timid and will want to dispose of everything herself.”