The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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A visitor to the monastery who seeks the elder Zosima’s, blessing. She is “not at all old yet but very thin and haggard, with a face not tanned but […] blackened.” She has given birth to four children, all of whom have died. Her latest loss is her son, Alexei, for whom she cannot stop grieving. He was nearly three when he died. She is married to a man named Nikitushka who has started to drink to cope with their losses. Nastasia has abandoned her husband and her home. Zosima encourages her to return to her husband, saying it was a sin for her to leave him. She agrees to return home.
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Nastasia Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

The timeline below shows where the character Nastasia 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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...try to kiss the hem of his clothes. The elder points to a woman named Nastasia who comes from two hundred miles away. She’s in mourning for her three-year-old son, the... (full context)
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Zosima tells Nastasia that he’ll remember her in his prayers. He then tells her to go back to... (full context)