Monthly Archives: July 2011

“‘What terrible tragedies realism inflicts on people,’ Mitya uttered in complete despair.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book VIII, Chapters 2-5 by Dennis Abrams “Lyagavy” “So he had to go ‘at a gallop,’ and yet he had no money, not a kopeck, for horses — that is, he had forty kopecks, but that was … Continue reading

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“‘What am I do to now, Kuzma Kuzmich?’ he murmured, with a pale smile. ‘I’m done for now, don’t you think?'”

The Brothers Karamazov Book VIII, Chapter One by Dennis Abrams “Kuzma Samsonov” “But Dmitri Fyodorovich, to whom Grushenka, flying to her new life, had ‘ordered’ her last farewell sent and whom she bade remember forever the one hour of her … Continue reading

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“He fell to the earth a weak youth and rose up a fighter, steadfast for the rest of his life, and he knew it and felt it suddenly, in that very moment of his ecstasy.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book VII, Chapter Four by Dennis Abrams “Cana of Galilee” “It was very late by monastery rules when Alyosha came to the hermitage. Father Zosima’s coffin. “The window of the cell was open, the air was fresh … Continue reading

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“I just gave you an onion, one little onion, that’s all, that’s all…!”

The Brothers Karamazov Book VII, Chapter Three by Dennis Abrams “An Onion” “Grushenka lived in the busiest part of town, near the cathedral square, in a house belong to the widow of the merchant Morozov, from whom she rented a … Continue reading

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“I did not rebel against my God, I simply ‘do not accept his world,’ Alyosha suddenly smiled crookedly.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book VII “Alyosha,” Chapters One and Two by Dennis Abrams “The Odor of Corruption.” “The body of the deceased schemehteromonk Father Zosima was prepared for burial according to the established rite. Father Paissy presides. The readings begin. … Continue reading

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“And even if you had been in a faraway land, but still alive, the thought you were alive and knew everything, and were judging me, would in any case have been unbearable.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book, Chapter Two, section (d); Chapter Three by Dennis Abrams The Mysterious Visitor — His confession, his salvation and death. Father Zosima speaks about the Russian Monk and his significance; Masters and Servants and Becoming Brothers in … Continue reading

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“But you should have told us so in the first place, that explains everything, we can’t pass judgment on a monk.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book Six, Chapter Two, Section (c) by Dennis Abrams “Recollections of the Adolescence and Youth of the Elder Zosima While Still in the World. The Duel.” Zosima was in the Cadets Corps in Petersburg for almost eight … Continue reading

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