Monthly Archives: February 2011

“Is it possible to live with a name like Ferdyshchenko? Eh?”

The Idiot Part One, Chapter Eight by Dennis Abrams Ganechka’s apartment: “…six or seven rooms, large and small…but in any case not at all what the pocket of an official with a family…could afford. But it was intended for keeping … Continue reading

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“‘Such beauty has power,’ Adelaida said hotly. ‘You can overturn the world with such beauty.'”

The Idiot Part One, Chapters Six and Seven by Dennis Abrams Prince Myshkin, Mrs. Epanchin, and her daughters. Myshkin tells the story of his love for the children of the village in Switzerland, and of the young woman Marie. “A … Continue reading

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“…it always seemed to me that if I walked straight ahead, and kept on for a long, long time, and went beyond that line where sky and earth meet, the whole answer would be there, and at once I’d see a new life…”

The Idiot Part One, Chapter Five by Dennis Abrams The jealousy that the general’s wife had of her origins, Imagine her feelings when she was told…that this Prince Myshkin, the last of their line…was no more than a pathetic idiot … Continue reading

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“…Nastasya Filippovna was capable of ruining herself, irrevocably and outrageously, facing Siberia and hard labor, if only she could wreak havoc on the man for whom she felt such inhuman loathing.”

The Idiot Part One, Chapter Four by Dennis Abrams The daughters of General Epanchin, “were healthy young ladies, tall, blossoming, with astonishing shoulders, powerful bosoms, strong, almost masculine arms, and of course, owing to their strength and healthy, they liked … Continue reading

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“A flourish calls for extraordinary taste; but if it succeeds, if the right proportion is found, a script like this is incomprable, you can even fall in love with it.”

The Idiot Part One, Chapter Three by Dennis Abrams Prince Myshkin meets General Ivan Fyodorovich Epanchin, Ganya in the corner sorting papers. Epanchin’s reluctance to meet Myshkin, “Besides, so far I’m unable to see between us any common…any, so to … Continue reading

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“‘When he’s alone he probably doesn’t look that way, and maybe never laughs,’ the prince somehow felt.”

Part One, Chapters One and Two by Dennis Abrams A third-class carriage on the Peterburg-Warsaw line. One man, dark and swarthy, with “thin lips…constantly twisting into a sort of impudent, mocking, and even malicious smile…Especially notable was the deathly pallor … Continue reading

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“‘The Idiot’ is the most personal of all his major works, the book in which he embodies his most intimate, cherished, and sacred convictions.”

by Dennis Abrams Previous to starting this blog, I’d read Crime and Punishment at least three to four times, so I went into it fairly familiar with the material. But the remaining books in our series, The Idiot, Demons, and … Continue reading

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