The Death of Ivan Ilyich


Leo Tolstoy

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Schwartz is a friend and colleague of Ivan Ilyich and Pyotr Ivanovich. A playful, devious man, Schwartz is uninfluenced by the sadness of Ivan’s funeral. In fact, when Pyotr Ivanovich arrives at the ceremony, Schwartz winks at him, signaling that he should leave as soon as possible so he can join the game of whist that Schwartz is organizing elsewhere.

Schwartz Quotes in The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The The Death of Ivan Ilyich quotes below are all either spoken by Schwartz or refer to Schwartz. 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 1 Quotes

‘Three days and three nights of horrible suffering, and then death. Just think, it could happen to me any time, now,’ he thought, and he felt that momentary pang of fear. But immediately he was saved, without knowing how, by the old familiar idea that this had happened to Ivan Ilyich, not him, and it could not and would not happen to him, and that kind of thinking would put him in a gloomy mood, for which there was no need, as Schwartz’s face had clearly demonstrated. Pursuing this line of thought, Pyotr Ivanovich calmed down and began to show a close interest in the details of Ivan Ilyich’s death, as if death was a chance experience that may have applied to Ivan Ilyich but certainly didn’t apply to him.

Page Number: 163
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Schwartz Character Timeline in The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The timeline below shows where the character Schwartz appears in The Death of Ivan Ilyich. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Empathy vs. Resentment Theme Icon
...When he enters, he spots another one of his colleagues, a somewhat mischievous man named Schwartz who is always in good humor. Schwartz stands out amongst the other funeralgoers, apparently unaffected... (full context)
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Greed, Purity, and Corruption Theme Icon
Crossing himself once more, Pyotr Ivanovich hurries out of the room. Again, he sees Schwartz, who is waiting for him in the adjoining room. Schwartz gives him a characteristically playful... (full context)
Meaning and Mortality Theme Icon
Empathy vs. Resentment Theme Icon
Just when Pyotr is about to follow Schwartz out of the funeral, Praskovya intercepts him and leads him into the sitting room to... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Illness and Control Theme Icon
...differently because of his condition, and this frustrates him. In particular, he comes to dislike Schwartz’s good-natured attitude and respected reputation, both of which remind him of himself as a younger... (full context)