The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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The older sister of Katerina Ivanovna and the old colonel’s eldest daughter born to his first wife. She is described as “simple and pert.” She is attractive, in the “Russian taste”—that is, “tall, buxom, full-figured, with beautiful eyes” and “a rather coarse face.” Though two men proposed to her, she refused to marry and remained a virgin. She lives with her father and her aunt. She is a great dressmaker but doesn’t charge for her services.
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Agafya Ivanovna Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

The timeline below shows where the character Agafya Ivanovna appears in The Brothers Karamazov. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 4: The Confession of an Ardent Heart. In Anecdotes.
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...a daughter, and he lived with her and his sister-in-law. The colonel’s daughter is named Agafya Ivanovna . Dmitri became close to her, “quite sinlessly, as a friend.” (full context)
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...got word that the colonel had stolen forty-five hundred roubles of government money. He confronted Agafya Ivanovna about it, but promised that he wouldn’t say anything if she would “secretly send” Dmitri... (full context)
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...was preparing to go out, Katerina Ivanovna appeared at his door. She told him how Agafya Ivanovna told her that he’d give her forty-five hundred roubles if she offered herself to him.... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 5: The Confession of an Ardent Heart. “Heels Up”
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Ten days later, Katerina Ivanovna, Agafya Ivanovna , and her aunt left for Moscow. There, Katerina was welcomed by an old widow... (full context)
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...for taking three thousand roubles that Katerina Ivanovna entrusted him to send to her sister Agafya Ivanovna , who was in Moscow. He pretended to go to the provincial capital, from where... (full context)