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Alone, he again questions the justice of all that has happened. Instead of receiving the glory that  Alyosha believed was Zossima's due, his mentor is now "degraded and dishonored." Alyosha cannot  doubt God, but he must question why He has allowed such a dreadful thing to occur. Alyosha is interrupted in his thoughts as the seminarian, Rakitin, who earlier mocked Alyosha,  ridicules his grief and makes contemptuous remarks about Zossima's decaying body. He tempts  Alyosha with sausage and vodka, both of which are denied a monk during Lent, and Alyosha  suddenly accepts both. Rakitin then goes a step further and suggests that they visit Grushenka, and  again Alyosha agrees. Grushenka is astonished at her visitors but regains her composure and explains that she is waiting  for an important message to arrive. They are curious about the message, and she tells them that it 
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