Monthly Archives: March 2011

“You are a puffed-up ordinariness; an unquestioning and Olympianly calm ordinariness; you are the routine of routines!”

The Idiot Part Four, Chapter Two by Dennis Abrams It has now been five days since Ippolit moved into the Ptitsyn’s home. Why are Ganya and Rogozhin showing an interest in Ippolit? The slight improvement in Ippolit’s health. Nina Alexandrovna … Continue reading

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“Indeed, there is nothing more vexing, for instance, than to be rich, of respectable family, of decent appearance, of rather good education, not stupid, even kind, and at the same time to have no talent, no particularity, no oddity even, not a single idea of one’s own, to be decidedly ‘like everybody else.'”

The Idiot Part Three, Chapter Ten; Part Four, Chapter One by Dennis Abrams Myshkin looks at Nastasya’s letters to Aglaya which resembled a dream. “Sometimes you dream strange dreams, impossible and unnatural; you wake up and remember them clearly, and … Continue reading

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“In changing my clothes, I forgot the wallet in my frock coat…Verily, when God wishes to punish a man, he first deprives him of reason.”

The Idiot Part Three, Chapter Nine by Dennis Abrams Myshkin is brought by Lizaveta Prokofyevna back to the family dacha. Lizaveta’s alarm, the sisters’ amusement at Aglaya’s absence at that morning — the bench, the book, her quarrel with Prince … Continue reading

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“And on your side I find all this very bad, because it’s very rude to look at and judge a man’s soul the way you’re judging Ippolit. You have no tenderness, only truth, that makes it unfair.”

The Idiot Part Three, Chapter Eight by Dennis Abrams Aglaya finds Myshkin asleep on the green bench, dreaming of Nastasya Filippovna. Myshkin fills Aglaya in on the details of Ippolit’s attempted suicide, and of his wish that Aglaya receives a … Continue reading

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“Isn’t it possible to eat me, without demanding that I praise that which has eaten me?”

The Idiot Part Three, Chapters Five-Seven by Dennis Abrams Ippolit wakes up. His dream of Rogozhin. “Is it true, Prince, that you once said ‘beauty’ would save the world?” Does Ippolit love Myshkin or not? Ippolit suddenly “pulled from his … Continue reading

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“I, the vile Lebedev, do not believe in the carts that deliver bread to mankind!”

The Idiot Part Three, Chapter Four by Dennis Abrams Myshkin approaches his dacha with Rogozhin, only to find a party on the terrace, “he saw that they were all drinking, and drinking champagne, and it seemed they had been at … Continue reading

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“‘Come on, then. I don’t want to meet my new life without you, because my new life has begun! Don’t you know, Parfyon, that my new life begins today?”

The Idiot Part Three, Chapter Three by Dennis Abrams “The incident at the vauxhall struck both mother and daughters almost with terror.” The things revealed to Lizaveta from the incident: Evgeny has been “brought into the open,” as having connections … Continue reading

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