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.
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”
...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
...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
Part 3: Book 7, Chapter 3: An Onion
...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
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 2: Lyagavy
...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
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 4: The Second Torment
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 7: Mitya’s Great Secret. Met with Hisses.
...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
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 2: Dangerous Witnesses
...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
...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)