Notes from Underground

Apollon Character Analysis

The underground man’s defiant, disobedient servant. The underground man tries to exercise his power over Apollon by withholding his wages and forcing him to ask for the money. However, Apollon merely stares at the underground man, driving him crazy, until he gives him his wages. More strong-willed than his master, Apollon is a source of humiliation for the underground man, who calls him his “executioner.”

Apollon Quotes in Notes from Underground

The Notes from Underground quotes below are all either spoken by Apollon or refer to Apollon. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W. W. Norton & Company edition of Notes from Underground published in 2000.
Part 2, Chapter 8 Quotes

But in those days I was so embittered by everyone that I decided, heaven knows why or for what reason, to punish Apollon by not paying him his wages for two whole weeks. . . . I resolved to say nothing to him about it and even remain silent on purpose, to conquer his pride and force him to be the first one to mention it. Then I would pull all seven rubles out of a drawer and show him that I actually had the money and had intentionally set it aside, but that “I didn’t want to, didn’t want to, simply didn’t want to pay him his wages, and that I didn’t want to simply because that’s what I wanted,” because such was “my will as his master,” because he was disrespectful and because he was rude.

Related Characters: The Underground Man (speaker), Apollon
Page Number: 79-80
Explanation and Analysis:

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Apollon Character Timeline in Notes from Underground

The timeline below shows where the character Apollon 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
Literature and Writing Theme Icon
...has no money—what little money he does have he has to pay to his servant Apollon, whom he promises to tell his readers about later. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
Loneliness, Isolation, and Society Theme Icon
Reason and Rationality Theme Icon
...lie—yet I’m not ashamed of it even now.” He gives the letter to his servant Apollon to deliver to Simonov. (full context)
Loneliness, Isolation, and Society Theme Icon
Spite, Pain, and Suffering Theme Icon
The underground man describes his servant Apollon, whose rudeness distracts him from thinking about Liza. He talks of the mutual hatred between... (full context)
Human Nature Theme Icon
Spite, Pain, and Suffering Theme Icon
The underground man wanted Apollon to have to ask for his wages, but the plan never worked. Apollon would come... (full context)
Thought vs. Action Theme Icon
Spite, Pain, and Suffering Theme Icon
The underground man finally confronts Apollon, calling him a “torturer,” and demands that Apollon show him respect before getting his money.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9
Loneliness, Isolation, and Society Theme Icon
...“I’m poor, but noble. . . . One can be poor and noble.” He sends Apollon to go get tea for Liza and him. Apollon ignores him for a few minutes... (full context)
Reason and Rationality Theme Icon
Spite, Pain, and Suffering Theme Icon
The underground man suddenly shouts that he will kill Apollon and refers to him as his executioner. He bursts into tears, shocking Liza. He asks... (full context)