Named Liza, she is the daughter of Madame Khokhlakov and is usually referred to by the French variation of her name, Lise. She is fourteen years old when the novel begins and has suffered from paralysis of the legs for about six months. She is wheeled around “in a long, comfortable chair.” She has “a lovely little face, a bit thin from illness, but cheerful.” Her eyes are large, dark, and long-lashed and flash mischievously. She is in love with Alexei Fyodorovich, who agrees to marry her after he leaves the monastery. However, Lise later takes back her promise to marry Alexei after she regains her ability to walk. By the age of sixteen, her character hardens, as she adopts a dark view of humanity and develops a sexual interest in Ivan Fyodorovich.
Lise Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov
The timeline below shows where the character Lise appears in The Brothers Karamazov. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 1: They Arrive at the Monastery
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 3: Women of Faith
...porch “built onto the outside wall.” The widowed Madame Khokhlakov and her paralyzed fourteen-year-old daughter, Lise, are also on the porch. Zosima the elder appears on the porch and stands on... (full context)
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 4: A Lady of Little Faith
...them away with her handkerchief. She tells him that the elder’s prayers have “healed” Liza (Lise) because her legs have grown stronger. Her color has also improved. Madame Khokhlakov tells her... (full context)
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 11: One More Ruined Reputation
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 4: At the Khokhlakovs’
Part 2: Book 5, Chapter 1: A Betrothal
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 2: An Ailing Foot
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 3: A Little Demon
Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 5: Not You! Not You!