…not some half – hidden, retrograde desire for miracles […] simply a case of mathematical calculation…
“I was expecting you! Yes, I was, I was! Yet you must admit I had no reason to suppose that you’d come to see me, but I was expecting you! You may well marvel at my instinct, Mr Karamazov. I was absolutely convinced all the morning that you would come today […] I know you’ve come on a most important business, and it’s not a case of mere presentiment, not some half – hidden, retrograde desire for miracles […] It’s simply a case of mathematical calculation: you couldn’t help coming after all that has happened to Katerina. You couldn’t, you couldn’t! It’s mathematically demonstrable!”
From the novel “The brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1880)
An excerpt from the chapter “Gold Mines” of the book eight. Mrs Khokhlakov enthusiastically receives Mitya Karamazov, explaining that her certainty for his visit is of mathematical nature.