The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Zosima’s former orderly during his youth, before he entered the monastery. In a fit of anger, he once beat Afanasy but quickly begged for forgiveness. He later reunites with Afanasy by chance “in the provincial capital of K—” at a marketplace. Afanasy has since left the army, married, and had two children.
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Afanasy Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

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Part 2: Book 6, Chapter 2: From the Life of the Hieromonk and Elder Zosima, Departed in God, Composed from His Own Words by Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov
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Zinovy (Zosima) returned home that evening and got angry with his orderly, Afanasy. He struck the servant twice in the face, causing blood to pour. Forty years later,... (full context)
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...carriage, then Zinovy went back in, pretending to have forgotten his purse. He went to Afanasy’s room and asked for forgiveness. Afanasy looked afraid, so Zinovy threw himself on the floor... (full context)
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...(Zosima) started from the beginning, which involved the story of what happened between him and Afanasy. The man was interested and soon paid Zinovy regular visits nearly every evening. He said... (full context)
Part 2: Book 6, Chapter 3: From Talks and Homilies of the Elder Zosima
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Zosima narrates a story in which he one day met Afanasy by chance in a marketplace. It had been eight years since they had last seen... (full context)