Notes from Underground

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Ferfichkin Character Analysis

One of the underground man’s former schoolmates, whom he sees at Simonov’s apartment and at Zverkov’s going-away party. Ferfichkin was the underground man’s “bitterest enemy” in school, where he was a show-off. After the underground man insults Zverkov at the party, Ferfichkin threatens the underground man, and the underground man replies by challenging Ferfichkin to a duel. Ferfichkin and the other party guests find this ridiculous.

Ferfichkin Quotes in Notes from Underground

The Notes from Underground quotes below are all either spoken by Ferfichkin or refer to Ferfichkin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Thought vs. Action Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the W. W. Norton & Company edition of Notes from Underground published in 2000.
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Ferfichkin Character Timeline in Notes from Underground

The timeline below shows where the character Ferfichkin appears in Notes from Underground. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 3
Loneliness, Isolation, and Society Theme Icon
Reason and Rationality Theme Icon
Spite, Pain, and Suffering Theme Icon
One of Simonov’s guests at his apartment is Ferfichkin, who had been the underground man’s “bitterest enemy” in school. Ferfichkin was “a despicable, impudent... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4
Loneliness, Isolation, and Society Theme Icon
...tell the underground man that they had changed the time of the party. Zverkov and Ferfichkin laugh at the idea of the underground man waiting for an hour before the party,... (full context)
Spite, Pain, and Suffering Theme Icon
Literature and Writing Theme Icon
...them,” alluding to Zverkov’s habit of telling such stories. Everyone is upset at this, and Ferfichkin says the underground man should be “whacked in the face for saying such things.” The... (full context)