The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Also frequently referred to as “Alyoshka,” Alexei is the youngest and third son of Fyodor Pavlovich and Sofia Ivanovna, the younger brother of Dmitri and Ivan, and the probable half-brother of Smerdyakov. His mother dies when he is four years old. He then spends some of his childhood growing up with Yefim Petrovich Polenov. Alexei’s father often tells him that he resembles his mother, who dies when Alexei is four years old. Alexei, who is twenty when the novel begins, has dark brown hair, a handsome and “slightly elongated face,” and serene-looking deep gray eyes that are set widely apart. During his boyhood, he was introspective and quiet and not at all likely to hold on to anger or any offense committed against him. During his school years, he was among the best in his class in regard to his studies but never the first. Alexei doesn’t know the value of money, but no one ever worries that he will suffer from poverty or homelessness because he is the type who will either be cared for or will immediately find a way to care for himself. He is a realist, though he is inclined to believe in miracles; once he has been convinced that he has witnessed something supernatural, he remains certain that such events do occur. He joins the local monastery for a year, where he resides in a cell, in an effort to relieve himself from the darkness that characterized his early life. He comes under the guidance of the elder, Zosima, whom Alexei admires greatly. After the elder’s death, Alexei is disappointed when the holy man’s corpse rots like any other; as a result, Alexei becomes disillusioned with the world and with the other clergy members, who speak disparagingly of the deceased monk. Alexei is then entrusted to Father Paissy for spiritual guidance. After a surprising visit to Grushenka, and a dream in which Zosima appears, Alexei has an epiphany that restores his faith. He decides to follow his former elder’s advice “to sojourn in the world,” so he promptly leaves the monastery and rejoins civilian life. While he was still a monk, he and Lise spoke of the possibility of marrying after he leaves the monastery. However, Lise breaks the engagement after she regains her ability to walk. Alexei later befriends Kolya Krasotkin and becomes the only person whom the cynical boy admires.

Alexei “Alyosha” Fyodorovich Karamazov Quotes in The Brothers Karamazov

The The Brothers Karamazov quotes below are all either spoken by Alexei “Alyosha” Fyodorovich Karamazov or refer to Alexei “Alyosha” Fyodorovich Karamazov. 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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Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 3 Quotes

“‘To insects—sensuality!’ I am that very insect, brother, and those words are precisely about me. And all of us Karamazovs are like that, and in you, angel, the same insect lives and stirs up storms in your blood. Storms, because sensuality is a storm, more than a storm! […] Too many riddles oppress man on earth. Solve them if you can without getting your feet wet.”

Page Number: 108
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Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 3 Quotes

“You see, my dear, there was in the eighteenth century an old sinner who stated that if God did not exist, he would have to be invented […] And man has, indeed, invented God. And the strange thing, the wonder is that such a notion—the notion of the necessity of God—could creep into the head of such a wild and wicked animal as man […] As for me, I long ago decided not to think about whether man created God or God created man […] I have a Euclidean mind, an earthly mind, and therefore it is not for us to resolve things that are not of this world […] All such questions are unsuitable to a mind created with a concept of only three dimensions. And so, I accept God […] It’s not God that I do not accept, you understand, it is this world of God’s […] that I do not accept and cannot agree to accept.”

Page Number: 234-235
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Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 4 Quotes

“In my opinion, Christ’s love for people is in its kind a miracle impossible on earth. True, he was God. But we are not gods. Let’s say that I, for example, am capable of profound suffering, but another man will never be able to know the degree of my suffering, because he is another and not me, and besides, a man is rarely willing to acknowledge someone else as a sufferer […] And why won’t he acknowledge it, do you think? Because I, for example, have a bad smell, or a foolish face, or once stepped on his foot […] Beggars, especially noble beggars, should never show themselves in the street; they should ask for alms through the newspapers. It’s still possible to love one’s neighbor abstractly, and even occasionally from a distance, but hardly ever up close.”

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Page Number: 237
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“You know, with us it’s beating, the birch and the lash, that’s our national way […] I know for certain that there are floggers who get more excited with every stroke, to the point of sensuality, literal sensuality […] I’ve collected a great, great deal about Russian children, Alyosha. A little girl, five years old is hated by her mother and father, ‘most honorable and official people, educated, and well-bred.’ You see, once again I positively maintain that this peculiar quality exists in much of mankind—this love of torturing children, but only children [….] These educated parents subjected the poor five-year-old girl to every possible torture. They beat her, flogged her, kicked her, not knowing why themselves, until her whole body was nothing but bruises […] they locked her all night in the outhouse, because she wouldn’t ask to get up and go in the middle of the night […] for that they smeared her face with her excrement and made her eat the excrement […]”

Page Number: 239, 241-242
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Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 5 Quotes

“My action is set in Spain, in Seville, in the most horrible time of the Inquisition, when fires blazed every day to the glory of God, and ‘In the splendid auto-da-fé / Evil heretics were burnt.’ Oh, of course, this was not that coming in which he will appear, according to his promise, at the end of time, in all his heavenly glory, and which will be sudden ‘as the lightening that shineth out of the east unto the west.’ No, he desired to visit his children if only for a moment, and precisely where the fires of the heretics had begun to crackle. In his infinite mercy, he walked once again among men, in the same human image in which he had walked for three years among men fifteen centuries earlier.”

Page Number: 248
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“In the deep darkness, the iron door of the prison suddenly opens, and the Grand Inquisitor himself slowly enters carrying a lamp. He is alone, the door is immediately locked behind him. He stands in the entrance and for a long time, for a minute or two, gazes into his face. At last he quietly approaches […] ‘Is it you? You?’ […] ‘Why, then, have you come to interfere with us? […] I do not know who you are, and I do not want to know whether it is you, or only his likeness; but tomorrow I shall condemn you and burn you at the stake as the most evil of heretics, and the very people who today kissed your feet, tomorrow, at a nod from me, will rush to heap the coals up around your stake […]’”

Page Number: 250
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“Freedom, free reason, and science will lead them into such a maze, and confront them with such miracles and insoluble mysteries, that some of them, unruly and ferocious, will exterminate themselves; others, unruly but feeble, will exterminate each other; and the remaining third, feeble and wretched, will crawl to our feet and cry out to us: ‘Yes, you were right, you alone possess his mystery, and we are coming back to you—save us from ourselves’ [….] But the flock will gather again, and again submit, and this time once and for all.”

Page Number: 258
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Oh, we will allow them to sin, too; they are weak and powerless, and they will love us like children for allowing them to sin. We will tell them that every sin will be redeemed if it is committed with our permission; and that we allow them to sin because we love them, and as for the punishment for these sins, very well, we take it upon ourselves [….] And they will have no secrets from us. We will allow them or forbid them to live with their wives and mistresses, to have or not to have children—all depending on their obedience—and they will submit to us gladly and joyfully. The most tormenting secrets of their conscience—all, they will bring to us, and we will decide all things, and they will joyfully believe our decision […] Peacefully they will die, peacefully they will expire in your name, and beyond the grave they will find only death.”

Page Number: 259
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Part 2: Book 6, Chapter 3 Quotes

The people are festering with drink and cannot leave off. And what cruelty toward their families, their wives, and even their children, all from drunkenness! […] But God will save Russia, for though the simple man is depraved, and can no longer refrain from rank sin, still he knows that his rank sin is cursed by God and that he does badly in sinning. So our people still believe tirelessly in truth, acknowledge God, weep tenderly. Not so their betters. These, following science, want to make a just order for themselves by reason alone, but without Christ now, not as before, and they have already proclaimed that there is no crime, there is no sin. And in their own terms, that is correct: for if you have no God, what crime is there to speak of?

Page Number: 315
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In Europe, the people are rising up against the rich with force, and popular leaders everywhere are leading them to bloodshed and teaching them that their wrath is righteous [….] Yet the Lord will save Russia, as he has saved her many times before. Salvation will come from the people, from their faith and their humility [….] I have been struck by the true and gracious dignity in our great people […] I can testify to it myself, I have seen it and marveled at it, seen it even in spite of the rank sins and beggarly appearance of our people. They are not servile, and that after two centuries of serfdom. They are free in appearance and manner, yet without any offense. And not vengeful, not envious. “You are noble, you are rich, you are intelligent and talented, very well, God bless you. I honor you, but I know that I, too, am a man [….]”

Page Number: 315-316
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Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 5 Quotes

“‘The thing is that I am precisely in my right mind...my vile mind, the same as you, and all these m-mugs!’ he suddenly turned to the public. ‘A murdered father, and they pretend to be frightened,’ he growled with fierce contempt. ‘They pull faces to each other. Liars! Everyone wants his father dead. Viper devours viper…If there were no parricide, they’d all get angry and go home in a foul temper…Circuses! ‘Bread and circuses!’ […] Calm yourselves, I’m not mad, I’m simply a murderer! […] I have no witnesses. That dog Smerdyakov won’t send you evidence from the other world…in an envelope. You keep asking for envelopes, as if one wasn’t enough. I have no witnesses…except one, perhaps [….] He’s got a tail, Your Honor, you’d find him inadmissible! Le diable n’existe point!

Epilogue, Chapter 2 Quotes

“This is what I’ve thought up and decided: if I do run away [...] and even to America, I still take heart from the thought that I will not be running to any joy or happiness, but truly to another penal servitude, maybe no better than this one! […] This America, devil take it, I hate it already! So Grusha will be with me, but look at her: is she an American woman? She’s Russian, every little bone of her is Russian, she’ll pine for her native land, and I’ll see all the time that she’s pining away for my sake […] And I, will I be able to stand the local rabble […] I hate this America even now! And maybe every last one of them is some sort of boundless machinist or whatever—but, devil take them, they’re not my people, not of my soul! I love Russia, Alexei, I love the Russian God, though I myself am a scoundrel!”

Page Number: 764
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Epilogue, Chapter 3 Quotes

“He was a nice boy, a kind and brave boy, he felt honor and his father’s bitter offense made him rise up. And so, first of all, let us remember him, gentlemen, all our lives. And even though we may be involved with the most important affairs, achieve distinction or fall into some great misfortune—all the same, let us never forget how good we once felt here, all together, united by such good and kind feelings […] You must know that there is nothing higher, or stronger, or sounder, or more useful afterwards in life, than some good memory, especially a memory from childhood, from the parental home [….] If a man stores up many such memories to take into life, then he is saved for his whole life.”

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Alexei “Alyosha” Fyodorovich Karamazov Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

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Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 1: Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov 
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Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov is the third son of the local landowner, Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov—a “muddleheaded” man... (full context)
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 3: Second Marriage, Second Children
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...fits.” Nevertheless, she bears Ivan in the first year of her marriage to Fyodor, and Alexei three years later. Alexei is four when Sofia dies, but he remembers his mother throughout... (full context)
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...that. In her will, the widow sets aside a thousand roubles each for Ivan and Alexei. The money is to be for their education. The widow’s principal heir, Yefim Petrovich Polenov,... (full context)
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...Petrovich, unfortunately, leaves his affairs in disarray upon his death, which results in Ivan and Alexei being unable to obtain their inheritances right away. To make up for this loss, Ivan... (full context)
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 4: The Third Son, Alyosha
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At twenty years old (Ivan is twenty-four and Dmitri is almost twenty-eight), Alexei, or Alyosha, is not a fanatic or even a mystic, but simply a lover of... (full context)
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During his childhood, Alexei wasn’t very talkative due to “some inner preoccupation.” He accepts everything “without the least condemnation.”... (full context)
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Everyone loves Alexei. When he lives in Yefim Petrovich’s house, he attaches himself to the family so well... (full context)
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After Yefim Petrovich dies, Alexei spends two more years at the local secondary school. He then ends up in the... (full context)
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Alexei doesn’t complete his studies at school. He has one more year to go before he... (full context)
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Soon after finding his mother’s grave, Alexei announces that he wanted to enter the monastery and says that the monks are ready... (full context)
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 5: Elders
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Alexei enters the monastery a healthy, “red-cheeked,” and “clear-eyed” young man. He’s even a realist, though... (full context)
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Alexei may have preserved some early childhood memories from the local monastery, “where his mother may... (full context)
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Alexei lives in a cell, and Zosima loves the young man very much and allows him... (full context)
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While Dmitri and Fyodor are arguing over the inheritance and property accounts, Alexei suggests that they all get together in Zosima’s cell, figuring that the elder’s presence might... (full context)
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Alexei worries that Dmitri will be the only one who will take the council with Zosima... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 1: They Arrive at the Monastery
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...expensive horses.” He comes with his young relative, Pyotr Fomich Kalganov, who is friendly with Alexei. In “a very ancient” but “roomy” carriage, Fyodor Pavlovich arrives with Ivan Fyodorovich. Dmitri Fyodorovich... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 2: The Old Buffoon
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...are already in the cell awaiting the elder. When Zosima emerges with a novice and Alexei, the monks bow deeply at each other, touching the ground with their fingers. Pyotr Alexandrovich... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 4: A Lady of Little Faith
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...she can. Looking at the elder, she begins laughing and says that she’s laughing at Alexei. Madame Khokhlakov asks how Alexei is doing and extends her “exquisitely gloved hand.” She then... (full context)
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Madame Khokhlakov reminds him to bless Lise. Zosima teases Lise about laughing at Alexei and asks her why she does it. She says that it’s because Alexei acts as... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 5: So Be It! So Be It!
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...can display his intelligence. Fyodor picks at Pyotr until the elder’s return. As Zosima sits, Alexei notices how tired and pale the old monk looks. Father Iosif tells Zosima that they’ve... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 7: A Seminarist-Careerist
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After his visit with the Karamazovs, Alexei takes the elder Zosima to a little bedroom to rest. Zosima encourages him to go... (full context)
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...father and that, in the Karamazov clan, “sensuality is carried to the point of fever.” Alexei believes that Dmitri “despises” Grushenka, while Rakitin says that Alexei can’t understand why Dmitri loves... (full context)
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Rakitin surmises that Alexei, a virgin, is both a sensualist like his father and a “holy fool” like his... (full context)
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Alexei finds it hard to believe that Rakitin would have been at Katerina’s while Ivan was... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 8: Scandal
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...so that he can finish what he wants to say. He expresses his concern for Alexei, believing the false gossip about the elders abusing the sacrament of confession. He goes on... (full context)
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 Fyodor says that he’s going to use his “parental authority” to take Alexei away from the monastery. He then invites Ivan and Maximov to leave with him and... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 3: The Confession of an Ardent Heart. In Verse.
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The note that Madame Khokhlakov gave Alexei, saying that he should visit Katerina Ivanovna at once, “awakened some tormenting feeling in his... (full context)
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To save time, Alexei passes very close to his father’s house and passes the neighbor’s garden, where his brother... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 4: The Confession of an Ardent Heart. In Anecdotes.
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Dmitri recounts his “wild life” to Alexei, particularly his sexual promiscuity. He was “a lieutenant in a line battalion,” and he lived... (full context)
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...ran away. Dmitri finishes the story. He says that Ivan already knows it and, now, Alexei does, too. (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 5: The Confession of an Ardent Heart. “Heels Up”
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Alexei asks if Dmitri is still Katerina Ivanovna’s fiancé. Dmitri says that he became her fiancé... (full context)
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...sent Ivan to Katerina, and Ivan fell in love with her, and Katerina “reveres” Ivan. Alexei thinks that Katerina still loves Dmitri, but Dmitri thinks that she only loves her own... (full context)
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Grushenka agreed to marry Dmitri. Alexei asks if Dmitri really wants to marry her, and Dmitri says he will “at once.”... (full context)
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Dmitri then says that Alexei should go to their father and ask him for the money, but Alexei is sure... (full context)
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...possible visit. Currently, Fyodor is drinking with Ivan, which makes this a good time for Alexei to go ask him for the money. (full context)
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Alexei asks what they’ll do if Grushenka shows up today. Dmitri says that he’ll see her,... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 6: Smerdyakov
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When Alexei enters his father’s house, Fyodor is excited to see him. He invites his youngest son... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 7: Disputation
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...who can move mountains. He and Ivan conclude that Smerdyakov’s superstition is typical among Russians. Alexei says that Smerdyakov’s faith isn’t Russian at all, but Fyodor is more focused on the... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 8: Over the Cognac
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Fyodor tells Alexei how he’d like to “put an end to that little monastery of [his].” He argues... (full context)
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...there is a God. Ivan says that there isn’t. He then poses the question to Alexei, who says that there is a God. Fyodor then asks if there is immortality. Ivan... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 9: The Sensualists
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...smashes him against the floor, and kicks him “two or three times with his heel.” Alexei, the only one Dmitri trusts, assures him that Grushenka hasn’t appeared. Dmitri then reminds Alexei... (full context)
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...begins to think that Grushenka is present, while Ivan shouts at him that she’s not. Alexei advises Grigory to put a compress on his head and to go lie down, because... (full context)
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Alexei rejects this idea, while Ivan views such a scenario as “viper eating another viper,” and... (full context)
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Fyodor then asks Alexei to go to Grushenka and find out if she wants to be with him or... (full context)
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Alexei passes through the yard and sees Ivan sitting on a bench by the gate, “writing... (full context)
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Alexei asks Ivan if he thinks that any man can decide if other people are worthy... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 10: The Two Together
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As Alexei leaves Fyodor’s house, he wonders how things will end between his father, his brother, and... (full context)
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Soon after giving this opinion, Alexei felt ashamed for speaking so authoritatively about Katerina Ivanovna. Now, he notices that she seems... (full context)
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...She assumes that he’s in despair and that she can still save him. She asks Alexei if Dmitri said anything about three thousand roubles. Alexei says that Dmitri mentioned it, and... (full context)
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Alexei tells Katerina Ivanovna about the scene that just took place between Dmitri and Fyodor. Alexei... (full context)
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Katerina Ivanovna tells Alexei about an officer, now a widower, whom Grushenka has always loved. Katerina says that he... (full context)
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...her of her offer to Dmitri. Katerina cries out and nearly leaps at Grushenka, but Alexei holds her back. Katerina’s aunts rush in, along with the maid. Grushenka prepares to leave... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 11: One More Ruined Reputation
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Alexei hurries along the road back to the monastery. As he reaches the crossroads, someone jumps... (full context)
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Alexei decides that, despite his promises to see his father, Katerina Ivanovna, the Khokhlakovs, and Ivan,... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 1: Father Ferapont
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Alexei is awakened by the sound of the elder Zosima moving from his bed to his... (full context)
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Alexei leaves the cell after a fellow monk tells him that Rakitin is looking for him.... (full context)
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Feeling tired, Zosima returns to bed and summons Alexei to his side. He tells Alexei that he must go to visit those whom he... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 2: At His Father’s
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Alexei first visits his father’s house. He wonders why Fyodor didn’t want Ivan to know about... (full context)
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Alexei tells his father that he seems “irritable” and advises Fyodor to go lie down. Fyodor... (full context)
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...money at all and won’t bother to leave a will. As for Dmitri, Fyodor tells Alexei that he’ll crush his eldest brother “like a cockroach.” Fyodor then asks Alexei if he... (full context)
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Alexei murmurs that he’ll ask Dmitri on Fyodor’s behalf, but suggests that the plan would be... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 3: He Gets Involved with Schoolboys
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As soon as Alexei crosses the town square, he sees “a small gang of schoolboys” at the foot of... (full context)
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...at them. One of them, Smurov, retaliates. The cornered boy throws a stone directly at Alexei and hits him in the shoulder. The boys notice that he hit Alexei on purpose,... (full context)
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...and a “whiskbroom.” The boys notice that the boy has stopped and is looking at Alexei from the hill. Alexei decides to find out from the boy why the others were... (full context)
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Alexei asks the boy if they know each other. The boy cries out to be left... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 4: At the Khokhlakovs’
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Alexei reaches Madame Khokhlakov’s stone house—one of the best and most beautiful homes in town. Madame... (full context)
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Madame Khokhlakov then asks Alexei if he knows why Lise is in hysterics. Lise’s strained voice emerges from one of... (full context)
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Alexei asks Madame Khokhlakov for a rag with which to wrap his finger. Madame Khokhlakov shrieks... (full context)
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Lise then asks Alexei to give her the letter that she sent him yesterday, which she believes he has... (full context)
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Alexei announces that he must go to see Katerina Ivanovna. It upsets Lise that he’s leaving... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 5: Strain in the Drawing Room
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...Ivanovna won’t see him for a long time. Katerina says she is glad, which surprises Alexei. Alexei suggests that maybe Katerina never loved Dmitri at all, and that Dmitri doesn’t love... (full context)
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Katerina Ivanovna’s anger makes Ivan laugh. He tells Alexei that he doesn’t think that Katerina ever loved him, though she’s always been aware of... (full context)
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As Ivan leaves, Alexei calls after him. He blames himself for Ivan’s spiteful words, though Madame Khokhlakov compares him... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 6: Strain in the Cottage
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Dmitri lives on the way to Lake Street, so Alexei decides to go to him first. However, Dmitri’s not at home. Alexei leaves the house,... (full context)
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...This was the same man who shouted earlier, for there is no other man present. Alexei introduces himself and the captain does the same. Alexei says that he stopped by to... (full context)
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Captain Snegiryov mocks Alexei’s assumption that he’d whip his son in front of him and then offers, sarcastically, to... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 7: And in the Fresh Air
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Captain Snegiryov invites Alexei to walk with him in the fresh air because his “castle” isn’t clean, “not in... (full context)
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Alexei expresses his wish to make peace with Ilyusha but announces that he’s come to the... (full context)
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Alexei is glad to see that he’s caused such happiness for Captain Snegiryov. The captain says... (full context)
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...moving his lips, saying something but emitting no sound. Then, the captain offers to show Alexei a “little trick.” He then crumples up the bills and throws them “with all his... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 1: A Betrothal
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Madame Khokhlakov is again the first to meet Alexei. She whispers at how Lise now regrets, “almost to the point of tears,” having laughed... (full context)
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Alexei enters the room. Lise looks embarrassed and blushes. She asks about Alexei’s errand to give... (full context)
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Lise asks Alexei to go to the door to see if Madame Khokhlakov is eavesdropping. He tells Lise... (full context)
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Lise again asks Alexei to see if her mother is eavesdropping and he asks her why she suspects Madame... (full context)
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Lise asks Alexei about his sadness. He admits that he’s sad, but he can’t quite explain why. She... (full context)
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Alexei tries to leave without seeing Madame Khokhlakov, but she appears to him anyway as soon... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 2: Smerdyakov with a Guitar
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Alexei climbs over the wattle fence and goes into the gazebo where he met Dmitri the... (full context)
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Alexei sneezes, causing Smerdyakov and Maria Kondratievna to go quiet. Alexei gets up and walks toward... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 3: The Brothers Get Acquainted
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...room, as he claimed, but at a place by the window that’s separated by screens. Alexei knows that Ivan doesn’t like taverns, so he must have shown up to meet with... (full context)
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...he wants to live and “love with [his] insides.” He plans to move to Europe. Alexei expresses joy at his brother’s desire to love life, and believes that people should in... (full context)
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Alexei wonders how things will end between Dmitri and their father, causing Ivan to snap and... (full context)
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Ivan asks how Katerina Ivanovna is doing. Alexei tells him about her hysterics. Ivan admits that he decided to dine at the tavern... (full context)
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...will be revealed and that it will “redeem all human villainy” and make forgiveness possible. Alexei asks Ivan why he doesn’t accept the world. Ivan, suggesting that he’d like to be... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 4: Rebellion
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Alexei says that the elder Zosima mentioned something similar—how “a man’s face often prevents many people…from... (full context)
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Ivan narrates stories to Alexei about cruelty toward children. A Bulgarian whom he met in Moscow told him about how... (full context)
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Alexei asks Ivan to describe his point. Ivan says that, “if the devil does not exist,... (full context)
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...her excrement and made her eat the excrement.” Ivan realizes that he may be tormenting Alexei with these stories and offers to stop, but Alexei tells him to continue because he... (full context)
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...says that the general was later declared too incompetent to manage his estate. He asks Alexei if the general should’ve been shot, and Alexei agrees that he should’ve been. Ivan then... (full context)
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Alexei says that his brother’s speech amounts to a rebellion. Ivan asks Alexei to imagine that... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 5: The Grand Inquisitor
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Ivan tells Alexei that his action takes place in the sixteenth century. Back then, it was common in... (full context)
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Alexei asks if the prisoner just sits silently. Ivan says that the Cardinal Grand Inquisitor tells... (full context)
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Ivan then stops, flushed from speaking, and smiles. Alexei finds the poem absurd and reminds Ivan that it doesn’t “revile” Christ but “praises” him.... (full context)
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Alexei asks Ivan how the poem ends. Ivan says that Christ approaches the Cardinal Grand Inquisitor... (full context)
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Alexei asks Ivan how he can love with such ideas in his heart. Ivan says that... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 6: A Rather Obscure One for the Moment
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...wonders if he hates Fyodor. He then wonders if he’s bothered by his conversation with Alexei. Ivan reaches his father’s house “in a very bad and irritated state of mind.” Glancing... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 7: “It’s Always Interesting to Talk with an Intelligent Man”
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...Smerdyakov. He feels the need to take revenge on someone and even feels hatred for Alexei, in recollection of the day’s conversation. (full context)
Part 2: Book 6, Chapter 1: The Elder Zosima and His Visitors
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Alexei enters the elder Zosima’s cell. To his surprise, he finds the old man sitting in... (full context)
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Dusk is falling. When Zosima sees Alexei, he smiles and holds out his hand. Alexei goes to him and weeps. Zosima tells... (full context)
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Father Iosif and Father Paissy exchange looks, while Alexei asks Zosima about what “suffering” awaits Dmitri. Zosima says that he saw something in Dmitri’s... (full context)
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...died his youth and that, without this brother, he may never have entered the monastery. Alexei, he says, resembles his brother “spiritually.” Zosima announces to his visitors that he wishes to... (full context)
Part 2: Book 6, Chapter 3: From Talks and Homilies of the Elder Zosima
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Alexei’s manuscript ends here, but it is “incomplete and fragmentary.” The elder Zosima’s death comes rather... (full context)
Part 3: Book 7, Chapter 1: The Odor of Corruption
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...the Gospel to Father Iosif. Father Paissy feels great sadness and wonders if it’s because Alexei means so much to him now. Alexei passes just then, and their eyes meet. Alexei... (full context)
Part 3: Book 7, Chapter 2: An Opportune Moment
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Contrary to Father Paissy’s suspicion, Alexei isn’t becoming one of little faith. He’s running away in dismay because his faith is... (full context)
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It’s already quite dark when Rakitin passes through a pine grove and notices Alexei “lying face down on the ground under a tree, motionless and as if asleep.” Rakitin... (full context)
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Alexei gives Rakitin a long look, but it’s not a look of anger. He then says... (full context)
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Rakitin asks Alexei if he knows that Ivan has left for Moscow, and Alexei says he does. He... (full context)
Part 3: Book 7, Chapter 3: An Onion
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...serves as her maid (Fenya). She lives frugally in her three-room cottage. When Rakitin and Alexei arrive, it’s dusk. The maid answers the door and tells her mistress, “It’s not him,... (full context)
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...fly away” and Rakitin won’t see her ever again. She then goes “friskily” over to Alexei and sits next to him on the sofa, looking at him admiringly. She has “a... (full context)
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Grushenka asks why Alexei looks so sad. Rakitin tells her that “his elder got smelly.” Grushenka finds Rakitin’s talk... (full context)
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...she says he doesn’t. If he did, he’d kill her. Grushenka goes back to charming Alexei, apologizing for being “a bitch” at Katerina Ivanovna’s. She then tells Alexei that she loves... (full context)
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...filled glasses. Rakitin takes one glass, drinks it, and pours himself another. He then offers Alexei a glass. Alexei takes it and sips it, then sets it down, deciding that he’d... (full context)
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Alexei gives Grushenka “a long, surprised look” and a light seems to come into his face.... (full context)
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...tell the truth. She says that, though she’s wicked, she gave an onion. She tells Alexei the fable about the woman who ended up condemned to hell because she failed to... (full context)
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Grushenka goes on to tell “the whole, pure truth” of how she intended to “ruin” Alexei. She wanted to do this, she says, because Alexei always refused to look at her... (full context)
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Alexei tells Rakitin that Grushenka is “higher in love” than they. Rakitin asks, mockingly, if Alexei... (full context)
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Rakitin announces that they have to go back to the monastery. Grushenka doesn’t want Alexei to leave. All her life, she says, she’s been waiting for someone like him, who... (full context)
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...come into some money, which explains his desire to return to her. Rakitin then mocks Alexei for thinking that he “converted a sinful woman.” He asks Alexei if he resents him... (full context)
Part 3: Book 7, Chapter 4: Cana of Galilee
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Alexei returns to the hermitage very late. The gatekeeper lets him in “by a special entrance,”... (full context)
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Suddenly, Alexei hears the elder Zosima’s voice. The voice asks Alexei why he’s hiding, and tells him... (full context)
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Alexei fell asleep on his knees, but now he’s standing. He goes to the coffin and... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 5: A Sudden Decision
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...and frightened her. Fenya gives him all the details of that day, including Rakitin and Alexei’s visit. She then remarks on Dmitri’s bloody hands. He gives her a rambling, unclear explanation... (full context)
Part 4: Book 10, Chapter 3: A Schoolboy
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...be glad to see Kolya. The boys started going to the captain’s house, first with Alexei Karamazov. Kolya says that Alexei is “a riddle” to him. He’s formed an opinion about... (full context)
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...the boys get close to Captain Snegiryov’s house, Kolya stops and asks Smurov to have Alexei Karamazov meet him outside. Smurov questions him, prompting Kolya to snap at him. Smurov then... (full context)
Part 4: Book 10, Chapter 4: Zhuchka
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Alexei emerges and hurries up to Kolya. His face is joyful, making Kolya think, with pleasure,... (full context)
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...and Smurov have been trying to assure Ilyusha that Zhuchka is alive. Kolya then tells Alexei that the dog with him is his dog, Perezvon. Kolya decides that he likes Alexei,... (full context)
Part 4: Book 10, Chapter 5: At Ilyusha’s Bedside
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...impressions of people. The captain eventually accepted the two hundred roubles from Katerina Ivanovna, as Alexei predicted. After learning about Ilyusha’s illness, Katerina visited the home and became acquainted with the... (full context)
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...off, but he’s pleased by all the praise. At the same time, he worries what Alexei thinks of him. (full context)
Part 4: Book 10, Chapter 6: Precocity
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Kolya asks Alexei what he thinks the doctor will say to Ilyusha. He then says that the doctor... (full context)
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Kolya claims that he’s a socialist. Alexei laughs, remarking that Kolya is just thirteen. Kolya corrects him: he’ll be fourteen in two... (full context)
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...says that he’s “profoundly unhappy” and imagines that the whole world is laughing at him. Alexei says that it doesn’t matter if someone seems ridiculous because anyone is capable of that.... (full context)
Part 4: Book 10, Chapter 7: Ilyusha
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...him, and calls the doctor a “leech.” The doctor says that Kolya should be whipped. Alexei warns Kolya that if he says anything more, he’ll “break with [him] forever.” Kolya obeys. (full context)
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...however, and will bring Perezvon. Kolya then runs to the hall and begins to cry. Alexei finds him and reminds Kolya that he must keep his word, or Ilyusha will feel... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 1: At Grushenka’s
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Alexei goes to see Grushenka at the widow Morozov’s house. Grushenka tells him that she took... (full context)
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...She says that Dmitri may seem to be suffering, but he gets jealous on purpose. Alexei doesn’t understand. Grushenka says that she doesn’t think Dmitri loves her, especially given how he... (full context)
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...trial. She’s certain that Smerdyakov killed Fyodor but bets that no one has questioned him. Alexei says that he has, in fact, been “closely questioned,” but he’s been very sick since... (full context)
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Grushenka then asks Alexei a question that she’s been wanting to ask for a long time: is Ivan in... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 2: An Ailing Foot
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Alexei first goes to Madame Khokhlakov’s house. She says that she’s preparing to go to Dmitri’s... (full context)
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Alexei says that he needs to leave to get to Dmitri in time. Madame Khokhlakov asks... (full context)
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Madame Khokhlakov then tells Alexei that she thinks Lise has gone mad. Though she trusts Alexei with her daughter, she... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 3: A Little Demon
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When Alexei enters Lise’s room, he finds her sitting in her former wheelchair. She doesn’t move but... (full context)
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Alexei says that her rich life is the cause of her discontent, but Lise doesn’t think... (full context)
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Alexei says that Lise takes “evil for good,” which he chalks up to “a momentary crisis,”... (full context)
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Lise tells Alexei to go to his brother. She pushes him out the door and gives him a... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 4: A Hymn and a Secret
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It’s already late by the time Alexei gets to the prison gate and rings the bell, but he knows he’ll be allowed... (full context)
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Dmitri sits on a bench, and Alexei sits beside him. Dmitri says that Rakitin wants to write an article about him. The... (full context)
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Alexei announces that he can’t stay long. Dmitri kisses him and says that he’s wanted to... (full context)
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Dmitri says that Ivan doesn’t have God. Alexei asks if Dmitri has talked with his lawyer. Dmitri curses the man and calls him... (full context)
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Dmitri asks Alexei to go to Katerina Ivanovna so that she won’t testify about how Dmitri once lent... (full context)
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Alexei then repeats everything that Grushenka told him earlier. Dmitri is surprised to learn that she’s... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 5: Not You! Not You!
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On the way to seeing Ivan, Alexei stops at the house where Katerina Ivanovna is staying. It’s been more than a week... (full context)
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Alexei hands Lise’s letter to Ivan. Ivan laughs, recognizes the handwriting, and calls her a “little... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 6: The First Meeting with Smerdyakov
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...days, Ivan “acquainted himself with all the evidence” and decided that Dmitri was guilty. Meanwhile, Alexei insisted that Dmitri didn’t do it. Ivan prompted him to recall the night when Dmitri... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 7: The Second Visit to Smerdyakov
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...the one hundred and twenty thousand rouble inheritance, to be split between him, Dmitri, and Alexei. (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 9: The Devil. Ivan Fyodorovich’s Nightmare
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...breaks and the Gentleman has disappeared. Ivan is now convinced that he wasn’t dreaming. It’s Alexei at the window. Smerdyakov, he says, has hanged himself. (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 10: “He Said That!”
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...exterminate my life by my own will and liking, so as not to blame anybody.” Alexei left the note where it was at Maria Kondratievna’s and went to the police commissioner.... (full context)
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...towel, and paces. He says that he feels as though he’s awake in his sleep. Alexei thinks of getting a doctor, but he’s afraid to leave Ivan alone. However, Ivan allows... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 2: Dangerous Witnesses
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...asks if Rakitin did not, in fact, accept twenty-five roubles from Grushenka to bring her Alexei Karamazov. Rakitin says it was only a joke, but his admission diminishes his nobility. Dmitri... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 4: Fortune Smiles on Mitya
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Alexei is called to testify. He describes his brother to the prosecutor as passionate but also... (full context)
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Fetyukovich recalls an episode in which Alexei witnessed Dmitri pounding on his chest, but a bit below the heart. He then realized... (full context)
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Fetyukovich asks why Grushenka offered Rakitin twenty-five roubles for Alexei. Grushenka says it’s because Rakitin is her cousin, though he doesn’t want anyone to know.... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 5: A Sudden Catastrophe
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No one believes him. Alexei jumps up and says that he’s delirious and shouldn’t be believed. The presiding judge tells... (full context)
Epilogue, Chapter 1: Plans to Save Mitya
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Five days after Dmitri’s trial, before nine o’clock, Alexei goes to see Katerina Ivanovna. She talks with him in the same room in which... (full context)
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Alexei tells Katerina Ivanovna that Dmitri has asked to see her. She resists, but he tells... (full context)
Epilogue, Chapter 2: For a Moment the Lie Became Truth
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...to nervous fever. He was sent to the town hospital’s section for convicts but, at Alexei’s request, Dr. Varvinsky arranged for him to be placed apart from the convicts. He is... (full context)
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Alexei asks if Grushenka knows about the escape. Dmitri says she does, but she won’t come... (full context)
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Dmitri tells Alexei that, if he does run away, he won’t be running with joy or happiness in... (full context)
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...Ivanovna and says that they’re both “wicked.” Dmitri reproaches Grushenka for not forgiving Katerina, and Alexei scolds him for this. Grushenka insists that it was just Katerina’s “proud lips speaking, not... (full context)
Epilogue, Chapter 3: Ilyushechka’s Funeral. The Speech at the Stone
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Alexei is late for the funeral. Ilyusha died two days after Dmitri was sentenced. The pallbearers... (full context)
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Alexei goes into the room with the blue coffin. He looks at Ilyusha’s face, which is... (full context)
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...the funeral, but the boys remind him that it’s in his pocket. The captain tells Alexei that Ilyusha wanted him to crumble bread on his coffin for the birds to eat.... (full context)
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...the captain took Ilyusha, which prompts Nina Nikolaevna to sob. Kolya runs from the room. Alexei goes out after him. (full context)
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...along the path and run into the stone his father wanted to bury him under. Alexei decides to have a word with the boys at this spot. He says that they... (full context)