The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Liza is Ivan Ilyich and Praskovya’s daughter. A young woman, she takes after her parents in that she highly values her reputation and works hard to maintain her social status. To that end, she starts seeing a young man named Petrishchev, who is the son of an examining magistrate. This delights her parents, who encourage this relationship because they want Petrishchev to ask for Liza’s hand in marriage. However, when Ivan becomes sick, he resents how much Liza cares about life as a socialite, and he begins to dislike Petrishchev, who does eventually propose to Liza. Noticing her father’s bitterness, Liza confides in her mother by saying that, though she feels sorry for Ivan, she wishes he weren’t such a burden on their lives.

Liza Quotes in The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The The Death of Ivan Ilyich quotes below are all either spoken by Liza or refer to Liza. 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 Penguin edition of The Death of Ivan Ilyich published in 2008.
Chapter 7 Quotes

He could see that the awful, terrible act of his dying had been reduced by those around him to the level of an unpleasant incident, something rather indecent (as if they were dealing with someone who had come into the drawing-room and let off a bad smell), and this was done by exploiting the very sense of ‘decency’ that he had been observing all his life. He could see that no one had any pity for him because no one had the slightest desire to understand his situation.

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Liza Character Timeline in The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The timeline below shows where the character Liza appears in The Death of Ivan Ilyich. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Pyotr Ivanovich sees Ivan’s adult daughter, Liza, who nods at him in a way that makes him feel as if she thinks... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...his time cultivating an air of emotional detachment in court, Praskovya and their eldest daughter, Liza, busy themselves with social obligations. Like them, Ivan enjoys socializing, taking pride in having dinner... (full context)
Chapter 4
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What bothers Ivan the most is that Praskovya and Liza hardly seem to care about his illness. They are, he sees, too invested in their... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...joining them, adding that the young man wants to enter the sickroom. Ivan agrees, so Liza and Petrishchev come in and start talking about the play. Ivan’s young son, Vasya, also... (full context)
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...with unconcealed contempt. Silently, everyone stands in the room without knowing what to do. Finally, Liza says that they ought to get going, and they leave Ivan on his own, at... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Yet another two weeks pass. During this time, Petrishchev finally proposes to Liza, but when Praskovya enters Ivan’s room to tell him the good news, she discovers that... (full context)
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...a wrongheaded life. As if to illustrate this, he can’t help but see Praskovya and Liza as embodiments of his wasted life when they visit him the following morning. Looking at... (full context)
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As Ivan looks at Praskovya and Liza, he begins to hate them for representing everything negative about the way he’s lived his... (full context)