not take anything, and the ring he gave me himself."
"You do not plead guilty of having stolen 2,500 roubles?" asked
"I've said I took nothing but the 40 roubles."
"Well, and do you plead guilty of having given the merchant
Smelkoff a powder in his drink?"
"Yes, that I did. Only I believed what they told me, that they
were sleeping powders, and that no harm could come of them. I
never thought, and never wished. . . God is my witness; I say, I