The Eternal Husband and Other Stories
The noise would not subside, his vexation grew stonger, and suddently Velchaninov, in a rage, struck the man, because he refused to speak, and felt a strong pleasure in it. His heart sank with horror and suffering at his action, yet it was in this sinking that the pleasure consisted. Completely frenzied, he struck a second and a third time, and in some sort of intoxication from fury and fear, which reached the point of madness, but also contained in itself an infinite pleasure, he no longer counted the blows, but struck without stopping. He wanted to destroy all, all of it.
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