Monthly Archives: June 2011

“…and the unworthy one will disappear down his back lane — his dirty back lane, his beloved, his befitting back lane, and there, in filth and stench, will perish of his own free will, and revel in it.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book Three, Chapter Five by Dennis Abrams “The Confession of an Ardent Heart. Heels Up’” “Now,’ said Alyosha, “I understand the first half of this business.” How Dmitri became Katerina Ivanovna’s fiancee: After she had accepted the … Continue reading

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“Let me be cursed, let me base and vile, but let me also kiss the hem of that garment in which my God is clothed…”

The Brothers Karamazov Book Three, Chapters Three and Four by Dennis Abrams “The Confession of an Ardent Heart. In Verse.” “Alyosha, having heard the order his father shouted to him from the carriage as he was leaving the monastery, remained … Continue reading

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“In certain things in life one had to be on one’s guard, and that was difficult without a faithful man.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book Three, Chapters One and Two by Dennis Abrams “In the Servants’ Quarters” “The house of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov stood far from in the very center of town, yet not quite on the outskirts.” The house is … Continue reading

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“And as they nailed him up, the dancing harlots were singing songs to the psaltery.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book Two, Chapter Eight by Dennis Abrams “Scandal” “Miusov and Ivan Fyodorovich were already entering the Superior’s rooms when a sort of delicate process quickly transpired in Pyotr Alexandorvich, a genuinely decent and delicate man: he felt … Continue reading

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“Why is such a man alive!…No, tell me, how can he allowed to go on dishonoring the earth with himself?”

The Brothers Karamazov Book Two, Chapters 4-7 by Dennis Abrams “A Lady of Little Faith” The visiting landowner and her ailing daughter, Lise. A note from Katerina Ivanovna for Alyosha, “Oh, it’s all about Dmitri Fyodorovich and…all these recent events.” … Continue reading

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“A man even cannot commit so great a sin as would exhaust God’s boundless love. How could there be a sin that exceeds God’s love?”

The Brothers Karamazov Book Two, Chapter Three by Dennis Abrams “Women of Faith” “Below, crowding near the wooden porch built onto the outside wall, there were only women this time, about twenty of them. They had been informed that the … Continue reading

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“Verily, I am a lie and the father of a lie!”

The Brothers Karamazov Book Two, Chapters 1-2 by Dennis Abrams “They Arrive at the Monastery” “The day was beautiful, warm and clear. It was the end of August.” They arrive at the monastery in two carriages: one “jaunty barouche drawn … Continue reading

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