Do not tempt <them>! Do not heap up <their> growing hatred

nguyen dung

Senior Member
Vietnamese
In " The Brothers Karamazov" there is sentence:

And well it is that they stand aside, but maybe they will cease one day to do so and will form a firm wall confronting the hurrying apparition and will check the frenzied rush of our lawlessness, for the sake of their own safety, enlightenment and civilisation. Already we have heard voices of alarm from Europe, they
already begin to sound. Do not tempt them! Do not heap up their growing hatred by a sentence justifying the murder of a father by his son I

Who is "them"?"Whose growing hatred " is "their growing hatred"?
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Presumably "voices of alarm from Europe". But as the words they and their have already been used in the previous sentence, there must be another plural earlier in the paragraph, which you have not quoted.
     

    nguyen dung

    Senior Member
    Vietnamese
    This is some sentence before:

    Our fatal troika dashes on in her headlong flight perhaps to destruction and in all Russia for long past men have stretched out imploring hands and called a halt
    to its furious reckless course. And if other nations stand aside from that troika that may be, not from respect, as the poet would fain believe, but simply from horror. From horror, perhaps from disgust.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Already we have heard voices of alarm from Europe, they already begin to sound. Do not tempt them! Do not heap up their growing hatred
     
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