The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov


Fyodor Dostoevsky

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The provincial marshal of nobility. He is described as a generous and humane man who managed Ivan Fyodorovich and Alexei Fyodorovich’s inheritance of one thousand roubles each, bestowed by General Vorokhov’s widow. Within his care, the small fortune grew to two thousand roubles for each boy. To avoid spending their inheritance, Polenov educated Ivan and Alexei at his own expense. However, he left his legal affairs in disarray after his death, making it difficult for Ivan and Alexei to obtain their inheritances.
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Yefim Petrovich Polenov Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

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Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 3: Second Marriage, Second Children
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...Ivan and Alexei. The money is to be for their education. The widow’s principal heir, Yefim Petrovich Polenov , takes an interest in the boys and particularly comes to love Alexei, who grows... (full context)
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At an early age, Ivan shows an “unusual and brilliant aptitude for learning.” He leaves Yefim Petrovich ’s family at thirteen and enters a Moscow secondary school. Yefim Petrovich, unfortunately, leaves his... (full context)
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 4: The Third Son, Alyosha
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Everyone loves Alexei. When he lives in Yefim Petrovich ’s house, he attaches himself to the family so well that they consider him their... (full context)
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After Yefim Petrovich dies, Alexei spends two more years at the local secondary school. He then ends up... (full context)