The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on The Brothers Karamazov can help.

Kuzma Kuzmich Samsonov Character Analysis

Grushenka’s patron. He is an old shopkeeper and “a profligate peasant.” He is also the mayor of Skotoprigonyevsk—the town in which the Karamazovs live. As the result of an illness, he lost the use of his leg, which had already become swollen. He is a widower and “a tyrant over his two grown sons.” He is a very wealthy man and a great business man, “tight-fisted above all and hard as flint.” He develops admiration, however, for Grushenka and becomes close to her. He even gives her eight thousand roubles, despite his reputation for being “stingy and implacable.” He dies a week after Dmitri Fyodorovich’s trial. On his deathbed, he refuses to see Grushenka.
Get the entire The Brothers Karamazov LitChart as a printable PDF.
The Brothers Karamazov PDF

Kuzma Kuzmich Samsonov Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

The timeline below shows where the character Kuzma Kuzmich Samsonov appears in The Brothers Karamazov. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 5: The Confession of an Ardent Heart. “Heels Up”
Innocence and Guilt Theme Icon
Suffering Theme Icon
...her a beating. Dmitri knows about how money-hungry Grushenka is, and about the old merchant, Samsonov, who’ll leave her a nice sum when he dies. He tells Alexei how three thousand... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 10: The Two Together
Jealousy and Envy Theme Icon
Suffering Theme Icon
...five years, will be happy again. When Grushenka was tormented over her soldier, it was Samsonov, the merchant, who saved her. Katerina then kisses Grushenka’s plump hand three times. Grushenka seems... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 7: And in the Fresh Air
Suffering Theme Icon
...he got beat up for cheating and then she will “turn him out” and tell Samsonov to turn him out, so that the captain can never again earn money from them.... (full context)
Part 3: Book 7, Chapter 3: An Onion
Family Theme Icon
...she rents “a small wooden cottage.” A widow took Grushenka in to please her relative, Samsonov, who is also Grushenka’s patron. Samsonov brought Grushenka to the house about four years ago,... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 1: Kuzma Samsonov
Jealousy and Envy Theme Icon
When Dmitri arrives at Samsonov’s, his visit is announced by a young servant. Samsonov twice refuses to admit him. Dmitri... (full context)
Suffering Theme Icon
Samsonov asks Dmitri what he wants. Dmitri sits again and repeats the story Samsonov already knows... (full context)
Suffering Theme Icon
Samsonov tells Dmitri that he doesn’t engage in that kind of business. Dmitri suddenly feels weak,... (full context)
Jealousy and Envy Theme Icon
Dmitri is excited by Samsonov’s “brilliant idea.” He thanks Samsonov effusively, saying that it’s all “for her.” Dmitri then goes... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 2: Lyagavy
Suffering Theme Icon
...all,” could’ve been suckered so easily. Lyagavy is a drunk who’ll go on drinking. Did Samsonov send him here on purpose? Lyagavy watches Dmitri and chuckles. At any other time, Dmitri... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 3: Gold Mines
Suffering Theme Icon
...him ill, there will be no one to keep watch. He decides to go to Samsonov’s house to see if Grushenka is there. (full context)
Suffering Theme Icon
Before heading to Samsonov’s, Dmitri goes back to his room, washes up, combs his hair, brushes his clothes, gets... (full context)
Suffering Theme Icon
...bumps into a little old woman whom he almost knocks over. He recognizes her as Samsonov’s serving woman. He asks her if Grushenka is now at Samsonov’s. She tells him that... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 4: The Second Torment
Innocence and Guilt Theme Icon
...learn that he went thirty miles out of town. He tells them he went to Samsonov to borrow three thousand roubles from him “on the best security.” Ippolit Kirillovich asks why... (full context)
Innocence and Guilt Theme Icon
Suffering Theme Icon
...harm by refusing to answer the question. He does offer to tell them about how Samsonov "hoodwinked” him two days earlier, now recognizing that he had been made a fool. He... (full context)
Innocence and Guilt Theme Icon
Jealousy and Envy Theme Icon
...to the point in the story when he learns about Grushenka deceiving him and leaving Samsonov’s, though she told him that she would be there until midnight. He talks about wanting... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 7: Mitya’s Great Secret. Met with Hisses.
Innocence and Guilt Theme Icon
Suffering Theme Icon
...expenses. Surely, with “her generous heart” and the securities he was willing to offer to Samsonov and Madame Khokhlakov, she would’ve given him the three thousand roubles. Dmitri says that such... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 1: At Grushenka’s
Jealousy and Envy Theme Icon
Suffering Theme Icon
...at the prison today and he threw them back at her. He got jealous over Samsonov, and thinks that she’s returned to her former keeper. Alexei tells her that Dmitri is... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 2: Dangerous Witnesses
Innocence and Guilt Theme Icon
...fatal,” winning over the audience with his eloquence. He refers to Grushenka as “the merchant Samsonov’s kept woman.” During Fetyukovich’s round of questioning, he asks if Rakitin did not, in fact,... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 7: A Historical Survey
Jealousy and Envy Theme Icon
Suffering Theme Icon
...of Dmitri’s efforts to obtain the money without committing the crime, including the adventures with Samsonov and Lyagavy. He also mentions his going to Madame Khokhlakov. The prosecutor claims that, if... (full context)