One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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Kildigs Character Analysis

A Latvian prisoner and skilled mason, Kildigs’ skills in the trades and good sense of humor gain him Shukhov’s respect and make him a popular member of Gang 104. Shukhov notes that Kildigs has a sense of humor because he receives parcels that help meet his needs, and his character represents the relationship between happiness and the meeting of one’s basic needs.

Kildigs Quotes in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

The One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich quotes below are all either spoken by Kildigs or refer to Kildigs. 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:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the New American Library edition of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich published in 2008.
Section 4 Quotes

Writing now was like dropping stones in some deep, bottomless pool. They drop; they sink—but there is no answer. You couldn't write and describe the squad you were working with…just now he had a good deal more to talk about with Kildigs the Lett than his family at home.

Related Characters: Kildigs
Page Number: 39
Explanation and Analysis:

This quote occurs shortly after the previous one, as Shukhov and his fellow zeks march from the prison camp to the town where they're working.

Here Shukhov is discussing the difficulty he has with writing letters to his family. Having been imprisoned for over eight years, Shukhov has acquired a life separate and isolated from his family. Since Shukhov, therefore, no longer has a clear image of what his family is like, sending letters to them is like "dropping stones in some deep, bottomless pool." He would be sending his letters out towards something (his family) which he no longer knows. Like a bottomless pool, the family to which he writes perpetually recedes his dated ideas about them. Furthermore, most of the prison experiences he might convey to his family would (he thinks) be of no interest to them--thus, at this point he ultimately feels a closer connection to his fellow prisoners than to his own family.

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Kildigs Character Timeline in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

The timeline below shows where the character Kildigs appears in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 6 (The beginning of work to news of the murdered stool pigeons)
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...and water for the mortar. The only two left after Tyurin’s assignments are Shukhov and Kildigs, who are the skilled workers in the squad. He tells them they will be laying... (full context)
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Shukhov and Kildigs look at one another. They had come to respect one another because they were both... (full context)
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Shukhov and Kildigs walk to where the felt is hidden. The sun is up, but hidden behind thick... (full context)
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As Shukhov and Kildigs cross the work site, they see the men from the 82nd trying to dig holes... (full context)
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...approach the place where the felt is hidden, Shukhov notes that he likes working with Kildigs. The only bad thing about him is that he doesn't smoke, so he never has... (full context)
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...his own men, one of them might swap it for his own, and that included Kildigs. As he works his memories and worries fade as his mind focuses on the single... (full context)
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Shukhov, Pavlo and Kildigs set out to find a way to get the blocks to the second story landing.... (full context)
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Pavlo tells Shukhov, Kildigs, and Senka to take a break before dinner. The men warm their hands beside the... (full context)
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Shukhov tells Kildigs not to worry about his twenty-five year sentence. He says that his eight years served,... (full context)
Section 7 (The news of the murdered stoop pigeons to Tyurin’s story)
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Kildigs responds to Shukhov’s comment about his time served by claiming that Shukhov’s eight years had... (full context)
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...the canteen at a time. Pavlo tells Shukhov and Gopchik to follow him and tells Kildigs to bring the other men when he sends for them. As they walk out side,... (full context)
Section 8 (Tyurin’s story to the end of the work day)
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Shukhov jumps up to work, but Kildigs looks at him funny. Kildigs doesn't have to worry about working because he receives parcels... (full context)
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...blocks and mortar. Along with the mechanic, the building-foreman, Der, arrives and climbs the ramp. Kildigs jokes with Shukhov to let him know if Der falls off the icy ramp so... (full context)
Section 9 (The end of the work day to the arrival at the camp)
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...to throw the rest of the mortar over the wall and turn in their tools. Kildigs, Senka, and Shukhov continue using the rest of the mortar. Shukhov tells Kildigs to bring... (full context)
Section 11 (Tsezar’s arrival at the parcel room to the purchase of the tobacco)
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...food. He places the tray on the table so the best bowls are facing him. Kildigs arrives with a tray of bread, which is distributed based on the amount of work... (full context)
Section 12 (The purchase of the tobacco to Shukhov’s going to bed)
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Kildigs interrupts saying that it seems like there won’t be another count that night. Shukhov agrees... (full context)