The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Lieutenant Dmitri “Mitya” Fyodorovich Karamazov Character Analysis

Also frequently referred to as “Mitenka,” Dmitri is the eldest son of Fyodor Pavlovich and Adelaida Ivanovna, the cousin of Pyotr Alexandrovich Miusov, the eldest brother of Ivan and Alexei, and the probable half-brother of Smerdyakov. He is twenty-eight years old when the novel begins but appears much older. Due to his father’s negligence, he was raised by Grigory Vasilievich after his mother’s death. Dmitri never finished high school and instead attended military school. After going into debt due to being careless with money, Dmitri finds out that he will receive no inheritance from his father and might even be indebted to Fyodor for the small sums that his father lent him for four years. Dmitri is a recently retired army officer, frequently referred to as “the captain,” and others notice his “long, resolute military stride.” Careless with money and contemptuous of his father, Dmitri becomes so desperate that he accosts his father, in a desperate attempt to obtain the three thousand roubles that he needs to pay back a debt to Katerina Ivanovna, to whom he is engaged, and to run away with Grushenka, with whom he is obsessively in love. His father, Fyodor, is his rival for Grushenka’s affections. Dmitri’s plans are foiled when he is jailed and then put on trial, convicted, and imprisoned for his father’s murder, which he did not commit. With Ivan’s help, he plans to escape from prison, then move to the American West for a while with Grushenka. After some time there, he says that they will return to Russia as American citizens.

Lieutenant Dmitri “Mitya” Fyodorovich Karamazov Quotes in The Brothers Karamazov

The The Brothers Karamazov quotes below are all either spoken by Lieutenant Dmitri “Mitya” Fyodorovich Karamazov or refer to Lieutenant Dmitri “Mitya” 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of The Brothers Karamazov published in 1990.
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 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!

Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 6 Quotes

“Gentlemen of the jury,” the prosecutor began, “the present case has resounded throughout Russia. But what, one might think, is so surprising, what is so especially horrifying about it? For us, for us especially? We’re so used to all that! And here is the real horror, that such dark affairs have almost ceased to horrify us! It is this, and not the isolated crime of one individual or another, that should horrify us: that we are so used to it. Where lie the reasons for our indifference, our lukewarm attitude towards such affairs, such signs of the times, which prophesy for us an unenviable future? In our cynicism, in an early exhaustion of mind and imagination in our society, so young and yet so prematurely decrepit? In our moral principles, shattered to their foundations, or, finally, in the fact that we, perhaps, are not even possessed of such moral principles at all?”

Page Number: 693
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“For now we are either horrified or pretend that we are horrified, while, on the contrary, relishing the spectacle, like lovers of strong, eccentric sensations that stir our cynical and lazy idleness, or, finally, like little children waving the frightening ghosts away, and hiding our heads under the pillow until the frightening vision is gone, so as to forget it immediately afterwards in games and merriment. But should not we, too, some day begin to live soberly and thoughtfully; should not we, too, take a look at ourselves as a society; should not we, too, understand at least something of our social duty, or at least begin to understand? A great writer of the previous epoch, in the finale of the greatest of his works, personifying all of Russia as a bold Russian troika galloping towards an unknown goal, exclaims: ‘Ah, troika, bird-troika, who invented you!—and in proud rapture adds that all nations respectfully stand aside for this troika galloping by at breakneck speed.”

Page Number: 695
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Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 12 Quotes

“I visited Smerdyakov [….] His health was weak […] but his character, his heart—oh, no, he was not at all such a weak man as the prosecution has made him out to be. I especially did not find any timidity in him [….] As for guilelessness, there was nothing of the sort […] I found a terrible mistrustfulness in him, behind a mask of naivety, and a mind capable of contemplating quite a lot.”

Page Number: 738
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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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“Love is gone, Mitya!” Katya began again, “but what is gone is painfully dear to me. Know that, for all eternity. But now, for one minute, let it be as it might have been,” she prattled with a twisted smile, again looking joyfully into his eyes. “You now love another, I love another, but still I shall love you eternally, and you me, did you know that? Love me, do you hear, love me all your life!” she exclaimed with some sort of almost threatening tremor in her voice.

Thus they prattled to each other, and their talk was frantic, almost senseless, and perhaps also not even truthful, but at that moment everything was truth, and they both utterly believed what they were saying. “Katya,” Mitya suddenly exclaimed, “do you believe I killed him? I know you don’t believe it now, but then…when you were testifying…Did you, did you really believe it!” “I did not believe it then either! I never believed it! I hated you, and suddenly persuaded myself, for that moment…While I was testifying…I persuaded myself and believed it…and as soon as I finished testifying, I stopped believing it again. You must know all that. I forgot that I came here to punish myself!” she said with some suddenly quite new expression, quite like her prattling of love just a moment before.

Page Number: 766
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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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Lieutenant Dmitri “Mitya” Fyodorovich Karamazov Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

The timeline below shows where the character Lieutenant Dmitri “Mitya” Fyodorovich Karamazov appears in The Brothers Karamazov. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 1: Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov 
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...result of “having dinner at other men’s tables.” Fyodor was married twice and has three sons—Dmitri, Ivan, and Alexei. Dmitri, also called Mitya, was born to Fyodor’s first wife—the beautiful, wealthy,... (full context)
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...She finally leaves the house and runs away with “a destitute seminarian, leaving the three-year-old Dmitri in his father’s hands.” (full context)
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 2: The First Son Sent Packing
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Fyodor abandons three-year-old Dmitri, leaving him in the care of his servant, Grigory. This isn’t out of malice but... (full context)
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...lies just beyond the Karamazovs’ town and borders on the “famous monastery.” After learning of Dmitri’s existence, he expresses interest in taking responsibility for the child’s upbringing and tells Fyodor so.... (full context)
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Dmitri is the only one of Fyodor’s three sons who grows up thinking that he’ll come... (full context)
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Fyodor senses that Dmitri is frivolous and impatient. He exploits this to his advantage, giving him small sums until,... (full context)
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 3: Second Marriage, Second Children
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...we learn, the narrator says, that Ivan went to Fyodor partly at the request of Dmitri. He acted as “a mediator and conciliator” between his father and elder brother. (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... (full context)
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 5: Elders
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While Dmitri and Fyodor are arguing over the inheritance and property accounts, Alexei suggests that they all... (full context)
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Alexei worries that Dmitri will be the only one who will take the council with Zosima seriously, and that... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 1: They Arrive at the Monastery
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...with Alexei. In “a very ancient” but “roomy” carriage, Fyodor Pavlovich arrives with Ivan Fyodorovich. Dmitri Fyodorovich is late. An elderly gentleman with “sweet little eyes” comes up to them, tipping... (full context)
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...Alexandrovich, though the latter is not pleased to share company with Fyodor and hopes that Dmitri doesn’t show up at all. (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 2: The Old Buffoon
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When the clock chimes, Fyodor mentions that Dmitri still hasn’t arrived and notes that he, on the other hand, always makes a point... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 4: A Lady of Little Faith
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...has asked that Alexei visit her very soon. Katerina has come to a decision about Dmitri. Alexei agrees to go to Katerina. (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 5: So Be It! So Be It!
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Zosima has been absent from his cell for about twenty-five minutes. Dmitri still hasn’t arrived. When the monk reenters, he finds that his guests are engaged in... (full context)
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...Paissy asks if Pyotr sees them as socialists. Before he replies, the door opens and Dmitri enters. (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 6: Why Is Such a Man Alive!
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Dmitri is twenty-eight but looks much older, despite being in good physical shape. He stops on... (full context)
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Fyodor says that Dmitri owes him several thousand roubles. He tells Zosima how Dmitri got “one of the noblest... (full context)
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Dmitri acknowledges that he behaved badly with Captain Snegiryov, but it was because the captain went... (full context)
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Fyodor says that, if Dmitri weren’t his son, he’d challenge him to a duel. Dmitri looks at his father and... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 7: A Seminarist-Careerist
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Rakitin thinks that, eventually, the Karamazovs will bring each other to ruin. He says that Dmitri is a sensualist like his father and that, in the Karamazov clan, “sensuality is carried... (full context)
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...sensualist like his father and a “holy fool” like his mother. He talks about how Dmitri has “lost his mind over Grushenka,” though Rakitin insists that Grushenka is merely deciding on... (full context)
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...at Katerina’s while Ivan was talking about him. Rakitin confirms that he wasn’t, but that Dmitri was, and he heard it from Dmitri because he was sitting in Grushenka’s bedroom and... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 8: Scandal
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...arriving without Fyodor who, he says, “felt obliged” to skip dinner, due to quarreling with Dmitri in Father Zosima’s cell. Pyotr Alexandrovich says that Fyodor asks for the Father Superior’s forgiveness... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 3: The Confession of an Ardent Heart. In Verse.
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...passes very close to his father’s house and passes the neighbor’s garden, where his brother Dmitri happens to be. Dmitri invites Alexei to sit down at the table in the gazebo.... (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... (full context)
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...of some general.” The town livened up around Katerina, inviting her to balls and picnics. Dmitri went up to her once at a party, but she barely looked at him. He... (full context)
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Dmitri then got word that the colonel had stolen forty-five hundred roubles of government money. He... (full context)
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While Dmitri was preparing to go out, Katerina Ivanovna appeared at his door. She told him how... (full context)
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Dmitri turned away from Katerina Ivanovna, leaned his forehead on the frozen glass pane of his... (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 three months after... (full context)
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...and gave her a dowry of eighty thousand roubles to spend however she’d like. So, Dmitri suddenly received forty-five hundred roubles in the mail. He was struck dumb, then received another... (full context)
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Dmitri responded and said that he was only a poor boor, while Katerina Ivanovna was now... (full context)
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Dmitri says that, once he started seeing Grushenka, he stopped being a fiancé and an honest... (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... (full context)
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Dmitri then says that Alexei should go to their father and ask him for the money,... (full context)
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Fyodor has sent word to Grushenka to come to him. Dmitri is currently staying in “a closet” that a former fellow soldier, Foma, rents out in... (full context)
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Alexei asks what they’ll do if Grushenka shows up today. Dmitri says that he’ll see her, burst in, and stop it. He says that he would... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 8: Over the Cognac
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...“clamor” comes from the front hall along with some “furious shouting.” The door opens and Dmitri rushes into the room. Fyodor goes to Ivan “in terror,” clutching at him for safety.... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 9: The Sensualists
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Grigory and Smerdyakov run back into the room, after having struggled with Dmitri in the front hall to keep him from entering the house. Grigory closes both doors... (full context)
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Ivan and Grigory help Fyodor into an armchair. His face is bloody, but Dmitri gives him “a hateful glance” as he runs out of the room. Fyodor begins to... (full context)
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...wasn’t in the house, and Alexei says that she wasn’t. He assures his father that Dmitri won’t marry her. (full context)
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...go to Grushenka and find out if she wants to be with him or with Dmitri. Alexei agrees to run this errand. Then, Fyodor decides that maybe Alexei shouldn’t go to... (full context)
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...to return to Katerina Ivanovna’s if he fails to find her now. Ivan knows about Dmitri’s request that Alexei tell Katerina that he’s “bowing out.” Ivan concludes that Grushenka is “a... (full context)
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...the right to wish for another’s death. He asks Alexei if he thinks that, like Dmitri, he’d be capable of killing Fyodor, whom he calls “Aesop.” Alexei is shocked by the... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 10: The Two Together
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...her hands to Alexei, who is struck by her beauty and imperiousness. He once told Dmitri that he would be happy with Katerina but “not quietly happy.” Dmitri admits that the... (full context)
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...seems excited. She tells Alexei that she’s been waiting for him. She asks him what Dmitri sent him to tell her. Alexei repeats that Dmitri says that he bows to her... (full context)
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Katerina Ivanovna interprets that Dmitri’s emphasis on the word “bow” means that his decision to leave her isn’t a reasoned... (full context)
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Alexei tells Katerina Ivanovna about the scene that just took place between Dmitri and Fyodor. Alexei is sure that Dmitri has gone to “that woman” (Grushenka). Katerina nervously... (full context)
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...understand Grushenka who may, in fact, have “a wicked heart.” She remarks that she charmed Dmitri “only to laugh at him.” (full context)
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Katerina Ivanovna says that Grushenka can now save Dmitri, and Grushenka gave her word that she would do so. Grushenka says that she never... (full context)
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...to a gentleman “at dusk to get money,” thereby reminding her of her offer to Dmitri. Katerina cries out and nearly leaps at Grushenka, but Alexei holds her back. Katerina’s aunts... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 11: One More Ruined Reputation
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...the crossroads, someone jumps up and shouts at him, pretending to be a robber. It’s Dmitri. He asks him what happened at Katerina Ivanovna’s. Alexei tells him that Grushenka was also... (full context)
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Dmitri admits that he is, indeed, “a scoundrel.” He says that he told Grushenka the story... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 2: At His Father’s
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...on him to ensure that Fyodor doesn’t marry Grushenka. That way, he can push for Dmitri to marry Grushenka and Ivan can then get the rich Katerina all to himself. Fyodor... (full context)
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...advises Fyodor to go lie down. Fyodor says that he thought about filing charges against Dmitri, but Ivan talked him out of it. Fyodor says that the real reason why he... (full context)
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...leave Ivan any 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... (full context)
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Alexei murmurs that he’ll ask Dmitri on Fyodor’s behalf, but suggests that the plan would be more successful if Fyodor offered... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 4: At the Khokhlakovs’
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...between Ivan and Katerina. Katerina clearly loves Ivan but is persuading herself that she loves Dmitri. (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 5: Strain in the Drawing Room
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...Katerina says she is glad, which surprises Alexei. Alexei suggests that maybe Katerina never loved Dmitri at all, and that Dmitri doesn’t love her either but honors her. Alexei says that... (full context)
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...only kept him close for “constant revenge.” Ivan listened to Katerina’s expressions of love for Dmitri, but if Dmitri reformed, Ivan says, she’d drop him. She needs “to continually contemplate [her]... (full context)
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...with two hundred roubles and asks him to go to a captain named Snegiryov, who Dmitri beat up outside of a tavern, and give him the money. She says that he... (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.... (full context)
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...seat. Alexei starts to say that he’s come to address the matter regarding his brother, Dmitri. Suddenly, Alexei hears a boy’s voice from behind a curtain in the corner. When the... (full context)
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...and attacked him because he is the brother of the captain’s offender. Alexei repents for Dmitri, but the captain is unconvinced. He introduces Alexei to his wife, Arina Petrovna, and declares... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 7: And in the Fresh Air
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...any sense.” He says that his “whiskbroom” was thicker just a week ago—that is, until Dmitri dragged him out of the tavern and into the square by his beard. Just then,... (full context)
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Captain Snegiryov says that he won’t challenge Dmitri to a duel because, if he’s killed, there would be no one to feed his... (full context)
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...announces that he’s come to the house “with an errand.” Alexei tells Captain Snegiryov how Dmitri’s fiancée, Katerina Ivanovna, heard about the incident outside of the tavern and asked that the... (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 day before. There’s no one there. He sits in the same place as yesterday... (full context)
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...and his children are madmen. He expresses resentment for Ivan calling him “a stinking lackey.” Dmitri, on the other hand, is “worse than any lackey.” Smerdyakov sings another verse about going... (full context)
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...Maria Kondratievna to go quiet. Alexei gets up and walks toward them. He asks if Dmitri will soon return, and Smerdyakov tells him that he doesn’t know; he isn’t Dmitri’s keeper.... (full context)
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Smerdyakov says that Dmitri twice threatened him with death. Maria Kondratievna says that, the other day, Dmitri threatened to... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 3: The Brothers Get Acquainted
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...knows that Ivan doesn’t like taverns, so he must have shown up to meet with Dmitri, who isn’t there. Ivan offers to order fish soup for Alexei, who accepts. He remembers... (full context)
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Alexei wonders how things will end between Dmitri and their father, causing Ivan to snap and to feel as though he’s being turned... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 5: The Grand Inquisitor
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...doesn’t go away and they meet again, Ivan says he doesn’t want to hear about Dmitri ever again. He asks Alexei to kiss him and then return to Zosima’s bedside. Ivan... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 6: A Rather Obscure One for the Moment
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...“asleep or awake.” He’s asleep, Smerdyakov says. The lackey talks about how both Fyodor and Dmitri have gone crazy with their “childishness.” Smerdyakov says that Fyodor will soon get up and... (full context)
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Ivan assures Smerdyakov that Dmitri’s threats are “just passionate talk,” and that he won’t kill anyone. Smerdyakov fears that he’ll... (full context)
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Smerdyakov says that he told Dmitri about the signals when he threatened to break Smerdyakov’s legs for deceiving him. Ivan says... (full context)
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...speech “drivel” for how neatly he thinks everything will come together. Ivan then asks why Dmitri would show up if Grushenka doesn’t come. Smerdyakov thinks he’ll show. Also, Dmitri knows that... (full context)
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Ivan says that Dmitri wouldn’t steal money. Smerdyakov reminds Ivan that Dmitri’s broke. Furthermore, he considers that three thousand... (full context)
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 7: “It’s Always Interesting to Talk with an Intelligent Man”
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...and listens for the knocks. However, he’s also on the alert for the possibility that Dmitri could be watching out for her to knock at the window. Fyodor’s heart is “bathed... (full context)
Part 2: Book 6, Chapter 1: The Elder Zosima and His Visitors
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...today. Alexei says that he saw one of his brothers, but Zosima is asking about Dmitri. Alexei says that he saw him the day before, but he couldn’t find him today.... (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 face that “horrified” him, something that seemed... (full context)
Part 3: Book 7, Chapter 3: An Onion
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...and greets Rakitin. She’s surprised to see him with Alexei. She says that she thought Dmitri was trying to force his way into the house. She orders Fenya to go outside... (full context)
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...Rakitin that her officer is in Mokroye but will be coming soon. Rakitin asks if Dmitri knows about the officer and she says he doesn’t. If he did, he’d kill her.... (full context)
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...him, which made her angry with herself. She says that she’s been “toying with Mitya (Dmitri)” just to avoid her officer. (full context)
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...screams.” As they depart, Grushenka opens her bedroom window and asks Alexei to bow to Dmitri for her and not to think ill of “his wicked woman.” (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 1: Kuzma Samsonov
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For two days, Dmitri has been in “an unimaginable state.” He’s sure that Fyodor will propose to Grushenka, if... (full context)
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Ironically, Dmitri was just as worried about Grushenka offering herself to him as he was about her... (full context)
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When Dmitri arrives at Samsonov’s, his visit is announced by a young servant. Samsonov twice refuses to... (full context)
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Samsonov asks Dmitri what he wants. Dmitri sits again and repeats the story Samsonov already knows about how... (full context)
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Samsonov tells Dmitri that he doesn’t engage in that kind of business. Dmitri suddenly feels weak, not knowing... (full context)
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Dmitri is excited by Samsonov’s “brilliant idea.” He thanks Samsonov effusively, saying that it’s all “for... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 2: Lyagavy
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Dmitri sets out on a back road from Volovya station and goes to Ilyinskoye. The priest... (full context)
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...into Lyagavy’s room in his hut. He’s in there, “stretched out on a bench…snoring heavily.” Dmitri is briefly unsure of what to do. He starts shaking Lyagavy, but he won’t wake... (full context)
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...Fyodor Pavlovich, his benefactor, of this strange incident. The forester goes back to his room. Dmitri sits on a bench, waiting “to catch the right moment.” He goes over to look... (full context)
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Dmitri dozes off and then falls asleep, sitting up.  He’s awakened by “an unbearable pain in... (full context)
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Despite Lyagavy’s drunkenness, Dmitri introduces himself and states his business with the woodlot. However, Lyagavy accuses Dmitri of lying... (full context)
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When Dmitri steps out of his hut, he sees nothing but forest. Some passersby—a coachman taking an... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 3: Gold Mines
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That morning, in the horse-drawn wagon, Dmitri decides to lend his “pair of fine dueling pistols” to a young official for ten... (full context)
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Before heading to Samsonov’s, Dmitri goes back to his room, washes up, combs his hair, brushes his clothes, gets dressed,... (full context)
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Dmitri figures that, being so against his marrying Katerina Ivanovna, Madame Khokhlakov will give him the... (full context)
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Madame Khokhlakov says that she knows that Dmitri is “in a fever,” but she can help him. She mentions how she helped her... (full context)
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Dmitri is overwhelmed by Madame Khokhlakov’s words. He then assures her that, though she has his... (full context)
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Dmitri implores Madame Khokhlakov once again to give the three thousand roubles, but she seems not... (full context)
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Dmitri enters the square and bumps into a little old woman whom he almost knocks over.... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 4: In the Dark
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Dmitri goes to his father’s house, assuming that Grushenka ran straight to Fyodor. He jumps over... (full context)
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Dmitri makes up his mind. He reaches out and taps out the signal agreed upon between... (full context)
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...“monster” and “parricide.” He shouts, “Parricide!” Then, he falls “as if struck by a thunderbolt.” Dmitri throws the brass pestle in the grass. Grigory’s head is covered with blood. (full context)
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Dmitri takes out a white handkerchief and puts it to Grigory’s head. He then wonders why... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 5: A Sudden Decision
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Fenya is sitting in the kitchen with her grandmother. Both women are preparing for bed. Dmitri rushes in and seizes Fenya by the throat. The women shriek, while Fenya rattles out... (full context)
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Dmitri leaves and, exactly ten minutes later, walks into the rooms of Pyotr Ilyich Perkhotin—the official... (full context)
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Pyotr Ilyich asks if Dmitri has fallen, wondering if that explains why he’s covered in blood. He invites Dmitri to... (full context)
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Pyotr Ilyich helps Dmitri take off his frock coat and sees that there’s blood on that, too. Pyotr Ilyich... (full context)
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Pyotr Ilyich still wonders how Dmitri got so rich all of a sudden and asks him if he has a gold... (full context)
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Pyotr Ilyich asks Dmitri why he needs to go to Mokroye. He says that there’s a woman there, but... (full context)
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Plotnikov’s is two doors away from Pyotr Ilyich’s place. Dmitri is “awaited with impatience at the shop.” A few weeks before, he had put in... (full context)
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As Dmitri sits in his carriage, Fenya runs up, begging him not to harm Grushenka. Pyotr Ilyich... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 6: Here I Come!
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...troika is going so fast that they make it in an hour and fifteen minutes. Dmitri’s soul is troubled and yearns for Grushenka. There was a moment when he thought of... (full context)
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After an hour, Dmitri asks Andrei about the possibility of everyone being asleep. He prompts Andrei to go faster.... (full context)
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Dmitri jumps out of the cart just as the innkeeper, Trifon Borisich, peers out from the... (full context)
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Trifon Borisich leads Dmitri inside and first puts Dmitri in a dark corner, where he can watch the company... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 7: The Former and Indisputable One
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Dmitri walks up to the table and asks if he may stay with them until morning.... (full context)
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The group drinks champagne and Dmitri takes time to examine the panie. The one with the pipe speaks Russian well. Maximov... (full context)
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...off with another man, but first transferred his village to her name. He says that Dmitri is “an educated man,” so he'll always be able to make a living, but Maximov... (full context)
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...while Grushenka looks at him contemptuously. The shorter officer keeps glancing “irritably” at his friend. Dmitri invites them both to a drink and pours three glass of champagne. Finally, the officers... (full context)
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Dmitri suggests that they do something fun. Maximov offers that they play another game of baccarat.... (full context)
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Dmitri invites the panie into the other room, assuring Grushenka that they’ll be back momentarily. In... (full context)
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...He tells her that Mitya offered him three thousand roubles to leave. Grushenka angrily asks Dmitri if this is true, if he really acted as though she were for sale. Dmitri... (full context)
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...a card twice.” Pan Vrublevsky turns to Grushenka and calls her a “public slut,” prompting Dmitri to rush at him, lift him up, and carry him from the room. Trifon Borisich... (full context)
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 8: Delirium
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Grushenka calls for wine and says that she wants to get drunk. Dmitri recognizes the girls from his last spree. His spirits are high. Trifon Borisich is scurrying... (full context)
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Fifteen minutes later, Grushenka calls Dmitri back to her and asks how he knew she was in Mokroye. Dmitri starts to... (full context)
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...beauty. He opens his eyes and looks at her, asking where Maximov is. Grushenka asks Dmitri to go find Maximov, who, it turns out, is still with the chorus girls. Maximov... (full context)
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After it is finished, Dmitri offers Maximov a cigar, but he takes a cigarette and some liqueur. He whispers to... (full context)
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Dmitri’s head hurts. He walks out onto the veranda for some fresh air. He thinks that... (full context)
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Grushenka admits that she still loved her ex-fiancé. She tells Dmitri that she wants to confess something else: she now loves Dmitri. Dmitri gazes into her... (full context)
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...each little finger.” He dances once more to an old song, and sings. Grushenka encourages Dmitri to give him a present, because he’s poor now. Grushenka babbles drunkenly, saying that she’ll... (full context)
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Grushenka feels weak and asks Dmitri to take her. She pleads with him not to “touch” her yet, for she isn’t... (full context)
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...Grushenka awakens, she sees that someone is looking at them. A voice calls out to Dmitri, who steps from behind the curtain. It’s the district police commissioner, Mikhail Makarich. He’s there... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 1: The Start of the Official Perkhotin’s Career
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...house. Fenya rushes to the porter, begging him not to open the gate, thinking it’s Dmitri. The porter asks who is at the gate. Pyotr Ilyich announces himself and says that... (full context)
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...So, Pyotr Ilyich decides to go to Madame Khokhlakov’s to ask if she had given Dmitri three thousand roubles. If the answer is no, Pyotr Ilyich resolves to go to the... (full context)
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Pyotr Ilyich explains that Dmitri borrowed ten roubles from him that afternoon. Then, at nine o’clock, he walked into Pyotr... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 2: The Alarm
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Pyotr Ilyich remembers that Dmitri threatened suicide and would probably kill himself before dawn. They need to hurry to Mokroye.... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 3: The Soul’s Journey through Torments. The First Torment.
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Dmitri declares himself “not guilty.” Grushenka then emerges, collapses at Mikhail Makarovich’s feet, and declares herself... (full context)
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Ippolit Kirillovich goes on to say that Grigory has given them important evidence regarding Dmitri. Dmitri then tries to leave to go to Grushenka, but the authorities detain him. Nikolai... (full context)
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Dmitri says that it was no secret that he wanted his father dead. He then asks... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 4: The Second Torment
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Dmitri tells the authorities that he pawned his pistols for ten roubles after he got back... (full context)
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Dmitri says that he needed it to repay a debt, but he won’t say to whom.... (full context)
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Dmitri then gets to the point in the story when he learns about Grushenka deceiving him... (full context)
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Annoyed, Dmitri tells them that they can go ahead and record that he took the pestle to... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 5: The Third Torment
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Dmitri recounts the story of how he arrived at his father’s house. When he gets to... (full context)
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The prosecutor Ippolit Kirillovich asks Dmitri if he noticed that the door to the garden was open. Dmitri says it wasn’t.... (full context)
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Ippolit Kirillovich asks Dmitri what “signals” he’s talking about. Dmitri toys with them and says that he might not... (full context)
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Nikolai Parfenovich asks Dmitri how he could’ve gone to Fenya with his hands covered in blood. Dmitri says that... (full context)
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Nikolai Parfenovich then asks if Dmitri can at least tell them how many roubles were in his hands when he visited... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 6: The Prosecutor Catches Mitya
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Dmitri submits to the strip-search, though with feelings of “pride and contempt.” Nikolai Parfenovich and Ippolit... (full context)
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...then says that the next part of the investigation will be to question the witnesses. Dmitri insists that, if he had really killed his father, he wouldn’t conceal it. He also... (full context)
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Ippolit Kirillovich informs Dmitri that it was Grigory who told them that the door to the garden was open.... (full context)
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Ippolit Kirillovich reminds Dmitri that there was no need to give signals if the door was already open. The... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 7: Mitya’s Great Secret. Met with Hisses.
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Dmitri asserts that the money was his. He also says that it amounted to fifteen hundred.... (full context)
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Nikolai Parfenovich mentions how Dmitri told everyone that he squandered three thousand roubles during his first spree in Mokroye. Dmitri... (full context)
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Dmitri says that he intended to go to Katerina Ivanovna and admit that he’s a “dishonest”... (full context)
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Ippolit Kirillovich expresses sympathy for Dmitri. Then, he asks why he couldn’t have just asked Katerina Ivanovna for the money for... (full context)
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Ippolit Kirillovich asks Dmitri if the amulet he wore was very big. Dmitri says it wasn’t. He tore it... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 8: The Evidence of the Witnesses. The Wee One.
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...witnesses, the investigators focus all of their attention on the three thousand roubles and whether Dmitri had three thousand or fifteen hundred during his first party in Mokroye, a month ago,... (full context)
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...he, too, heard about the six thousand. However, he didn’t really know how much money Dmitri had. He also testifies that the panie had cheated at cards. Once they were banished,... (full context)
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...went to their room but didn’t sleep all night. Pan Mussyalovich, Grushenka’s ex-fiancé, refers to Dmitri as “a scoundrel.” He also tells them about Dmitri’s attempt to bribe the man to... (full context)
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Then, Maximov is called in. He decisively testifies that, when he borrowed ten roubles from Dmitri, he saw twenty thousand appear in Dmitri’s hands. Nikolai Parfenovich wonders if Maximov has ever... (full context)
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...last month, and she confirms that they were. However, she claims that she only heard Dmitri tell others about the sum. She confirms, too, that she heard him mention the number... (full context)
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Nikolai Parfenovich then asks if Dmitri ever mentioned a wish to kill his father. Grushenka exclaims that he has, “several times,... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 9: Mitya Is Taken Away
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...is signed, Nikolai Parfenovich reads out the “Resolution” that makes note of the charges against Dmitri. While he’s declared himself “not guilty,” he’s not brought anything forward to vindicate himself. Meanwhile,... (full context)
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When Dmitri gets in the cart that will escort him to jail, he bids everyone crowded at... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 1: At Grushenka’s
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...at the widow Morozov’s house. Grushenka tells him that she took pirozhki (stuffed pastries) to Dmitri at the prison today and he threw them back at her. He got jealous over... (full context)
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...food and “in debt to their landlady.” The two hundred roubles they got out of Dmitri had disappeared. (full context)
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Grushenka says that she made the mistake of telling Dmitri that she was going to send pirozhki to the panie. He got jealous. She says... (full context)
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What really torments Grushenka is what will happen tomorrow at Dmitri’s trial. She’s certain that Smerdyakov killed Fyodor but bets that no one has questioned him.... (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 trial. She’ll be carried there in a chair, as one of the witnesses. but she... (full context)
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Alexei says that he needs to leave to get to Dmitri in time. Madame Khokhlakov asks Alexei what a “fit of passion” is. He isn’t sure... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 3: A Little Demon
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...over him (Kolya) and calls him “lucky.” She also mentions that people actually love that Dmitri killed his father, though they say that it’s terrible. Lise says that she’s “the first... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 4: A Hymn and a Secret
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...the prison gate and rings the bell, but he knows he’ll be allowed to see Dmitri. Just as he enters, he sees Rakitin with Dmitri. Lately, Rakitin doesn’t like seeing Alexei... (full context)
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Dmitri sits on a bench, and Alexei sits beside him. Dmitri says that Rakitin wants to... (full context)
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Alexei announces that he can’t stay long. Dmitri kisses him and says that he’s wanted to see Alexei for some time. He tells... (full context)
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Dmitri says that Ivan doesn’t have God. Alexei asks if Dmitri has talked with his lawyer.... (full context)
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Dmitri asks Alexei to go to Katerina Ivanovna so that she won’t testify about how Dmitri... (full context)
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Alexei then repeats everything that Grushenka told him earlier. Dmitri is surprised to learn that she’s not angry with him. He decides that he’ll love... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 5: Not You! Not You!
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...her. He thinks that Ivan may be with her. When Alexei goes in, he mentions Dmitri’s request that Katerina Ivanovna not testify about “bowing down for the money.” She asks if... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 6: The First Meeting with Smerdyakov
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...but the lackey said that he could do no such thing and was only bragging. Dmitri, Ivan said, accused Smerdyakov of the murder and robbery. Smerdyakov said that no one would... (full context)
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In the next few 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... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 7: The Second Visit to Smerdyakov
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...share of the one hundred and twenty thousand rouble inheritance, to be split between him, Dmitri, and Alexei. (full context)
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...of paper. She hands it to Ivan. It’s “a frenzied, verbose, and incoherent letter” that Dmitri wrote at the Metropolis tavern. In it, he confesses to killing Fyodor. (full context)
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Ivan recalls how Katerina Ivanovna would say that Ivan convinced her of Dmitri’s guilt, which is strange because she showed Ivan the letter, proving that Dmitri was the... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 8: The Third and Last Meeting with Smerdyakov
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...there. Ivan sinks down into a chair and goes pale. He asks if Smerdyakov and Dmitri killed Fyodor together. Smerdyakov insists that he committed the murder only with Ivan’s help, and... (full context)
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...had a true fit and went unconscious for two days. That night, he expected that Dmitri would jump over the fence, go to the Karamazov house, and kill Fyodor. Ivan says... (full context)
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...left to see if his master was still alive. Fyodor called out to him, saying Dmitri was there and that he killed Grigory in the garden. Smerdyakov then decided to kill... (full context)
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...back to bed. He figured that, if Grigory lived, he would be a witness against Dmitri. He began groaning to waken Marfa Ignatievna, who rose, saw that Grigory was missing, and... (full context)
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 10: “He Said That!”
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...Alexei lies down on the sofa and, while falling asleep himself, prays for Ivan and Dmitri. He thinks that the root of Ivan’s illness is that God’s truth is overcoming his... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 1: The Fatal Day
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The trial of Dmitri Karamazov begins at ten o’clock in the morning at the district court. Visitors arrive from... (full context)
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...is all of the material evidence, including the brass pestle, Fyodor’s bloody dressing gown, and Dmitri’s bloodstained shirt and frock coat. The pistol and the envelope that contained the three thousand... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 2: Dangerous Witnesses
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Grigory Vasilievich testifies that Fyodor cheated Dmitri out of his settlement and owed him several thousands. When the prosecutor asks how he... (full context)
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...not he was awake when the door to the garden opened. When Grigory steps down, Dmitri says that Grigory’s testimony is all true, except for the bit about the door. He... (full context)
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Rakitin is next to take the stand. He describes Dmitri’s deeds at the Metropolis tavern and tells the story about him beating up Captain Snegiryov.... (full context)
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Captain Snegiryov testifies next, looking “all tattered” and dirty. When he’s asked about Dmitri’s brutality toward him, he says that Ilyusha has asked him not to speak about it.... (full context)
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Trifon Borisich then testifies to seeing three thousand roubles in Dmitri’s hands. When Fetyukovich accuses him of taking one hundred roubles that Dmitri dropped to the... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 3: Medical Expertise and One Pound of Nuts
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...expert witnesses. Herzenstube declares that “the mental abnormality of the defendant is self-evident.” Having known Dmitri for many years, he expresses sympathy with him and says that, as a boy, he... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 4: Fortune Smiles on Mitya
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...between Grushenka and Katerina Ivanovna, he prefers not to say anything. He also says that Dmitri never said anything directly about wanting to kill Fyodor. He admits to believing, briefly, that... (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 that Dmitri... (full context)
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...her “with extreme respect,” afraid of causing her pain. She says that she knew about Dmitri’s disputes with Fyodor but didn’t hear any threats. She says that, if Dmitri had only... (full context)
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...it.” She says that the whole thing is her fault for laughing at him and Dmitri. She heard from “the villain” about an envelope with money but never saw it. The... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 5: A Sudden Catastrophe
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...she offers a piece of evidence. She demands that they take her letter, the one Dmitri wrote at the tavern, which, she says, proves that he’s the murderer. She then says... (full context)
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Grushenka rushes to Dmitri and says to the court that Katerina Ivanovna has revealed herself to be a snake.... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 6: The Prosecutor’s Speech. Characterizations
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...he mentions everything from the investigation about the property dispute and relations between Fyodor and Dmitri. He then brings up the medical opinions concerning Dmitri’s obsession with the three thousand roubles. (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 7: A Historical Survey
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Ippolit Kirillovich says that the medical experts tried to claim that Dmitri is a madman, while he asserts that he’s in his right mind. He says that... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 8: A Treatise on Smerdyakov
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On the subject of Smerdyakov, Ippolit Kirillovich says that Dmitri was the first to cry out that the lackey was the true murderer. The only... (full context)
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...psychology” and focus on the facts. How would Smerdyakov have killed Fyodor? Alone or with Dmitri? He says that it’s possible that Smerdyakov pretended to be sickly so that no one... (full context)
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...robber-murderer—what some are saying Smerdyakov was—would have left it behind. Finally, the prosecutor asserts that Dmitri didn’t check on Grigory’s condition out of pity, but to be sure that his only... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 9: Psychology at Full Steam. The Galloping Troika. The Finale of the Prosecutor’s Speech
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Ippolit Kirillovich describes Dmitri as someone who always lives in the present. The prosecutor says that Dmitri ran back... (full context)
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Dmitri, Ippolit Kirillovich says, only considered himself guilty for the supposed murder of Grigory. The prosecutor... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 10: The Defense Attorney’s Speech. A Stick with Two Ends
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...the courtroom “trembling with rapture.” The defense attorney describes himself as a newcomer, and describes Dmitri as “a man of stormy and unbridled character.” He takes issue, however, with Ippolit Kirillovich’s... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 11: There Was No Money. There Was No Robbery
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In regard to the fifteen hundred roubles, Dmitri has been firm regarding where he got the money—from Miss Verkhovtsev (Katerina Ivanovna). Fetyukovich then... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 12: And There Was No Murder Either
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...expresses uncertainty that the pestle “is a proof of arming and premeditating.” He admits that Dmitri shouted in the taverns about killing his father. However, that’s common, idle talk, he says. (full context)
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Fetyukovich recalls that Dmitri testified at the investigation that, once he was convinced that Grushenka wasn’t at his father’s... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 13: An Adulterer of Thought
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Fetyukovich says that Dmitri is “ruined” because they are arguing over the corpse of his father. If it were... (full context)
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Fetyukovich goes on to say that Dmitri didn’t break into the house to kill Fyodor. If that were the case, Dmitri would’ve... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 14: Our Peasants Stood Up for Themselves
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Dmitri speaks. He says that he’s not guilty of killing his father. He begs to be... (full context)
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Chaos breaks loose. Many of the men in the room seem pleased. Dmitri cries out that he swears he’s not guilty. He tells Katerina Ivanovna that he forgives... (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... (full context)
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...revealed the plan to her, they quarreled because she got “furious” at the idea of Dmitri fleeing abroad with “that creature”—Grushenka. Then, Ivan came again and brought Katerina a sealed envelope... (full context)
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...says that Ivan, too, will probably leave her for “someone easier to live with, as Dmitri did.” She confesses that she was the one who tried to convince Ivan that Dmitri... (full context)
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Alexei tells Katerina Ivanovna that Dmitri has asked to see her. She resists, but he tells her that she must go.... (full context)
Epilogue, Chapter 2: For a Moment the Lie Became Truth
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Two days after the verdict, Dmitri succumbed to nervous fever. He was sent to the town hospital’s section for convicts but,... (full context)
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Alexei asks if Grushenka knows about the escape. Dmitri says she does, but she won’t come this morning. She seems fine with Katerina Ivanovna... (full context)
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Dmitri tells Alexei that, if he does run away, he won’t be running with joy or... (full context)
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Suddenly, Katerina Ivanovna appears in the doorway. She rushes toward Dmitri and seizes hold of his hands. She says that she’s come to embrace him. Though... (full context)
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Grushenka stares at Katerina Ivanovna and says that they’re both “wicked.” Dmitri reproaches Grushenka for not forgiving Katerina, and Alexei scolds him for this. Grushenka insists that... (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 carry the coffin to the church without Alexei. When he arrives,... (full context)