“And what if it was I who murdered the old woman and Lizaveta?” he said suddenly and—realised what he had done.
Zametov looked wildly at him and turned white as the tablecloth. His face wore a contorted smile.
“But is it possible?” he brought out faintly. Raskolnikov looked wrathfully at him.
“Own up that you believed it, yes, you did?”
“Not a bit of it, I believe it less than ever now,” Zametov cried hastily.
“I’ve caught my cock-sparrow! So you did believe it before, if now you believe less than ever?”
“Not at all,” cried Zametov, obviously embarrassed. “Have you been frightening me so as to lead up to this?”
“You don’t believe it then? What were you talking about behind my back when I went out of the police-office? And why did the explosive lieutenant question me after I fainted? Hey, there,” he shouted to the