Monthly Archives: August 2011

“In reality a thousand things can flash by, which escape the observation of the subtlest novelist.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book XII, Chapters 10-11 by Dennis Abrams I’m going to leave the synopsis for these chapters to the discussions by Miller and Frank (who cover pretty much everything I planned to discuss), but there’s one thing I’d … Continue reading

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“But did he kill him, without the robbery, did he kill him? Is this proved? Is this not also a novel?”

The Brothers Karamazov Book XII, Chapters 10-11 by Dennis Abrams “The Defense Attorney’s Speech. A Stick with Two Ends.” “All became hushed as the first words of the famous orator resounded. The whole room fixed their eyes on him.” His … Continue reading

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“No, gentlemen of the jury, they have their Hamlets, but so far we have only Karamazovs!”

The Brothers Karamazov Book XII, Chapter Nine by Dennis Abrams “Psychology at Full steam. The Galloping Troika. The Finale of the Prosecutor’s Speech” “Having come thus far in his speech, Ippolit Kirillovich, who had evidently chosen a strictly historical method … Continue reading

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“”…we are of a broad, Karamazovian nature…capable of containing all possible opposites and of contemplating both abysses at once, the abyss above us, an abyss of lofty ideals, and the abyss beneath us, an abyss of the lowest and foulest degradation.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book XII, Chapters 6-8 by Dennis Abrams “The Prosecutor’s Speech. Characterizations.” “Ippolit Kirillovich began his statement for the prosecution all nervously atremble, with a cold, sickly sweat on his forehead and temples, feeling alternately chilled and feverish … Continue reading

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“It was he who killed father, not my brother. He killed him, and killed him on my instructions…Who doesn’t wish for his father’s death…””

The Brothers Karamazov Book XII, Chapter 5 by Dennis Abrams “A Sudden Catastrophe” “I will note that he had already been called once, ahead of Alyosha.” Ivan’s testimony, “The presiding judge began by saying that he was not under oath, … Continue reading

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“‘Bravo, leech!’ Mitya cried from his place. ‘Precisely right!'”

The Brothers Karamazov Book XII, Chapters 3-4 by Dennis Abrams The storyline in Chapters 3 and 4 seems to me to be pretty straightforward, and Miller covers it very well in her synopsis of those chapter, but a few things … Continue reading

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“…there were no doubts here, that essentially there was no need for any debate, that the debate would take place only for the sake of form, and that the criminal was guilty, clearly guilty, utterly guilty.”

The Brothers Karamazov Book XII, Chapters 1-2 by Dennis Abrams “The Fatal Day” “The day after the events just described, at ten-o’clock-in-the-morning, our district court opened its session and the trial of Dmitri Karamazov began.” The narrator-chronicler begins by telling … Continue reading

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