The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov


Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Madame Prokhorovna Character Analysis

The widow of a noncommissioned officer. She is “a very old little old lady” who dresses “in town fashion.” She has a son, Vasenka, who “had served somewhere in the army commissariat and then gone to Siberia, to Irkutsk.” After he stops writing for a year, she thinks that he may have died during his army service. During a visit to Zosima, the monk assures her that the young man is probably still living and will either come back to her or write her a letter.
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Madame Prokhorovna Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

The timeline below shows where the character Madame Prokhorovna appears in The Brothers Karamazov. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Book 2, Chapter 3: Women of Faith
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...very little old lady” who is “the widow of a noncommissioned officer.” This is Madame Prokhorovna. She worries that her son, Vasenka, is dead because he has stopped writing to her.... (full context)
Part 2: Book 4, Chapter 1: Father Ferapont
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...from town with a letter from Madame Khokhlakov. She tells him that Zosima’s prophecy about Prokhorovna’s son, Vasenka, has come true—he is “undoubtedly alive” and, as Zosima predicted, sent his mother... (full context)
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...biased against the institution of elders.” Now, with news of the “miracle” involving the widow Prokhorovna, he’s not so sure. (full context)