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"Do you know, Mitya, I shall go into a nunnery. No, I really shall one day...
But to-day let us dance. To-morrow to the nunnery, but to-day we'll dance.
I want to play to-day, good people, and what of it? God will forgive us.
If I were God, I'd forgive everyone: 'My dear sinners, from this day forth I forgive you.'
I'm going to beg forgiveness: 'Forgive me, good people, a silly wench.' I'm a beast,
that's what I am...Wicked as I've been, I want to pray. Mitya, let them dance, don't stop them.
Everyone in the world is good. Everyone- even the worst of them. The
world's a nice place. Though we're bad the world's all right. We're
good and bad, good and bad.... Come, tell me, I've something to ask
you: come here everyone, and I'll ask you: Why am I so good? You
know I am good. I'm very good.... Come, why am I so good?"


Hey --

So, I read Slaughter-House Five several months ago and still, *still* I walk around with "So it goes" running through my stream of consciousness. You'll start perceiving all sorts of inanimate objects as dead; e.g., The plastic shopping bag was flattened by a speeding car. "So it goes."

So yes, Grushenka's quote occurred not too long after Mitya's (My progress through the book is rather slow :-) ) So, Mitya talked about being a scoundrel not too long after killing his father, and then Grushenka
goes on the above-cited drunken rant maybe 10 pages later.