The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

Koroviev is Woland’s right-hand man. He usually wears a pince-nez, a jockey’s cap and chequered clothes. Koroviev is adept at manipulating the Muscovites into showing the worst of themselves, for example, by convincing Nikanor Ivanovich Bosoy to accept a bribe on Woland’s behalf. He has a piercing, nasal voice and an erratic temperament, but unlike the rest of Woland’s entourage never directly commits acts of violence. Instead, he delights in orchestrating scenarios that create chaos and havoc.

Koroviev Quotes in The Master and Margarita

The The Master and Margarita quotes below are all either spoken by Koroviev or refer to Koroviev. 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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Chapter 9 Quotes

At the deceased’s desk sat an unknown, skinny, long citizen in a little checkered jacket, a jockey’s cap, and a pince-nez... well, in short, that same one.

‘And who might you be, citizen?’ Nikanor Ivanovich asked fearfully.

‘Hah! Nikanor Ivanovich!’ the unexpected citizen yelled in a rattling tenor and, jumping up, greeted the chairman with a forced and sudden handshake. This greeting by no means gladdened Nikanor Ivanovich.

‘Excuse me,’ he said suspiciously, ‘but who might you be? Are you an official person?’

‘Eh, Nikanor Ivanovich!’ the unknown man exclaimed soulfully. ‘What are official and unofficial persons? It all depends on your point of view on the subject. It’s all fluctuating and relative, Nikanor Ivanovich. Today I’m an unofficial person, and tomorrow, lo and behold, I’m an official one! And it also happens the other way round – oh, how it does!’

Related Characters: Nikanor Ivanovich Bosoy (speaker), Koroviev (speaker), Mikhael Alexandrovich Berlioz
Page Number: 96
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Chapter 12 Quotes

In a few seconds, the rain of money, ever thickening, reached the seats, and the spectators began snatching at it.

Hundreds of arms were raised, the spectators held the bills up to the lighted stage and saw the most true and honest-to-God watermarks. The smell also left no doubts: it was the incomparably delightful smell of freshly printed money. The whole theatre was seized first with merriment and then with amazement. The word ‘money, money!’ hummed everywhere, there were gasps of ‘ah, ah!’ and merry laughter. One or two were already crawling in the aisles, feeling under the chairs. Many stood on the seats, trying to catch the flighty, capricious notes.

Related Characters: Woland, Koroviev
Page Number: 124-125
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Chapter 22 Quotes

‘No,’ replied Margarita, ‘most of all I’m struck that there’s room for all this.’ She made a gesture with her hand, emphasizing the enormousness of the hall.

Koroviev grinned sweetly, which made the shadows stir in the folds of his nose.

‘The most uncomplicated thing of all!’ he replied. ‘For someone well acquainted with the fifth dimension, it costs nothing to expand space to the desired proportions. I’ll say more, respected lady - to devil knows what proportions!

Related Characters: Margarita (speaker), Koroviev
Page Number: 250
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Chapter 3. The Seventh Proof
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Walking off, Berlioz notices the same man that had seemed to be levitating earlier (Koroviev), dressed in checkered trousers and mustachioed. This man directs Berlioz to the turnstile and, taking... (full context)
Chapter 4. The Chase
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...to the bench, and finds the strange man still sitting there, talking with a companion (Koroviev) wearing checkered trousers and a jockey cap. (full context)
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Ivan asks the professor to confess his identity, but he pretends to not speak Russian. Koroviev tells Ivan not to bother “a foreign tourist.” Ivan pleads with the second man to... (full context)
Chapter 7. A Naughty Apartment
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...nearly ready. As Styopa turns to look in the mirror, he notices a tall man (Koroviev) wearing a pince-nez that seems to disappear suddenly—and a black cat. (full context)
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Styopa calls out to Grunya to ask what the black cat and the tall man are doing in the apartment. Woland responds, saying they are with him, and that he... (full context)
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The tall man with the pince-nez talks with a goatish voice, telling Styopa off for drinking too much... (full context)
Chapter 9. Koroviev’s Stunts
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...lets himself in. He removes the seal from the study and is amazed to see a tall man sitting at Berlioz’s desk, wearing a checkered jacket, a jockey’s cap, and a pince-nez. (full context)
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...and tomorrow, lo and behold, I’m an official one!” He reluctantly gives his name as Koroviev and identifies himself as the “interpreter for a foreign individual who has taken up residence... (full context)
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Nikanor protests that Koroviev should not be sitting in a deceased man’s study and, furthermore, that he received no... (full context)
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Nikanor demands to see the foreigner, but Koroviev objects that he is currently training the cat; Koroviev offers to show Nikanor the cat,... (full context)
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Koroviev points out that the tenants’ association will be handsomely rewarded for letting Woland stay. Tempted... (full context)
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Koroviev calls out to Woland to agree the rental price and tells Nikanor to ask for... (full context)
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Nikanor heads back to his apartment, briefly considering how it was that Koroviev gained access to Berlioz’s study when it had been sealed. Meanwhile, Woland tells Koroviev that... (full context)
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...duct and find the foreign money, before leading Nikanor away, as he protests incoherently about Koroviev. He is astonished to find no contract, letter from Styopa, rental money, or theater pass... (full context)
Chapter 10. News from Yalta
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...to take them to the authorities. Rimsky phones Styopa’s apartment and manages to get through; Koroviev informs him that Styopa has gone for a drive “out of town.” (full context)
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...accosted by a “cat-like fat man” and a man with red hair and a fang (Koroviev). They beat him up, pointing out that he had been warned over the telephone not... (full context)
Chapter 12. Black Magic and Its Exposure
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...two companions: “a long checkered one with a cracked pince-nez, and a fat black cat.” Koroviev dazzles Rimsky by making Rimsky’s gold watch appear behind the cat’s ear. To the amazement... (full context)
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The audience welcomes Woland to the stage with Koroviev and the black cat. Woland, addressing Koroviev as “Fagott,” suggests that “the Moscow populace has... (full context)
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Woland asks Koroviev if he had “expressed admiration,” causing Koroviev to call Bengalsky a liar. Woland says the... (full context)
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Koroviev then makes the audience look upwards. After a flash and a bang, money starts raining... (full context)
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Koroviev insists that the notes are real and expresses annoyance with Bengalsky. He asks the crowd... (full context)
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...He struggles violently and is taken away in an ambulance. Having “kicked that nuisance out,” Koroviev conjures up a “ladies’ shop” on stage. He invites the women in the audience to... (full context)
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...at first, the women flood the stage and urgently grab as much as they can. Koroviev announces that the shop will close in one minute, making the women even more crazed... (full context)
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Koroviev tells Arkady that they will reveal all—after one last number. He asks Arkady where he... (full context)
Chapter 14. Glory to the Cock!
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...he looks out of the window to see that the clothes the women took from Koroviev’s on-stage shop have disappeared—leaving them naked on the street. The police are frantically trying to... (full context)
Chapter 15. Nikanor Ivanovich’s Dream
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...interrogated and vehemently defended himself against all charges, all the while frightened by apparitions of Koroviev that only he could see. When the authorities followed up his story and went to... (full context)
Chapter 17. An Unquiet Day
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...had been visited by a choirmaster who wore a “cracked pince-nez” and “wretched checkered trousers” (Koroviev), apparently as a part of extra-curricular activity organized by the management. He had given the... (full context)
Chapter 18. Hapless Visitors
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...unclear who by—all he can see is an “enormous black cat” sitting on a chair. Koroviev comes into the hall from the study. Learning that Poplavsky is Berlioz’s uncle, Koroviev pretends... (full context)
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Poplavsky asks if Koroviev had sent the telegram, sure that it could not have been Berlioz posthumously. Koroviev points... (full context)
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...Woland then asks if Andrei is a poor man, and what he has in savings; Koroviev calls outs from the other room that Andrei has “249 thousand roubles” and a small... (full context)
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Koroviev comes in and instructs Hella, the naked woman, to see the disoriented Andrei out of... (full context)
Chapter 22. By Candlelight
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Margarita and Azazello go in and climb an impossibly long staircase in darkness. Koroviev meets them at the top of the stairs, dressed in smart evening wear and holding... (full context)
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After they make small talk about Moscow apartments, Koroviev moves on to their “business” that night. Margarita confirms that she has guessed who is... (full context)
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Tradition has it, says Koroviev, that the hostess is always called Margarita, and she must be from the place where... (full context)
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Koroviev leads Margarita down a corridor, talking of the “magnificent” ball to come, adding that it... (full context)
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Margarita and Koroviev enter a small room, in which there is a candelabrum “with sockets in the form... (full context)
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Woland introduces Margarita to his retinue: Behemoth, Azazello, Koroviev, and Hella, who is rubbing his knee with ointment. Behemoth analyses his position on the... (full context)
Chapter 23. The Great Ball at Satan’s
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...the ball: Hella douses her in blood and rose oil and Behemoth rubs her feet; Koroviev hangs an “oval-framed picture of a black poodle” around her neck. She puts on golden-clasped... (full context)
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With Margarita ready, Behemoth shouts “The ball!!!” Arm in arm with Koroviev, she is transported first briefly to a tropical forest before arriving in a lavish ballroom.... (full context)
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...“unbearably loud.” Margarita takes position at the top of a huge, carpeted staircase, with Azazello, Koroviev and Behemoth beside her. Margarita notices an “enormous fireplace” in the distance. (full context)
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Margarita then meets a woman called Frieda, who is carrying a handkerchief. Koroviev explains that she carries this handkerchief because she used it to suffocate her child, which... (full context)
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...she had prepared for the ball. Hella and Natasha massage her with blood, reviving her. Koroviev appears, reminding “Queen Margot” to fly around the rooms so that “the honourable guests don’t... (full context)
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Koroviev tells Margarita that she has one last “appearance” to make. She climbs onto a platform... (full context)
Chapter 24. The Extraction of the Master
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...believing that he is hallucinating. She tells him not to be afraid: “I’m with you.” Koroviev gives the master a drink, which Margarita implores him to gulp down immediately. The drink... (full context)
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...to Woland, calling him “all-powerful!” The master clutches the novel, lapsing into “anxiety and uneasiness.” Koroviev gives him another drink, which seems to steady his nerves. Woland asks Margarita to tell... (full context)
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...he could take his apartment. In a fit of rage, Margarita scratches Aloisy’s tearful face; Koroviev pulls her away. Woland magically turns Aloisy upside down and sends him out of the... (full context)
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The master worries that the hospital staff will notice that he’s missing. Koroviev, suddenly in possession of his hospital records, throws them in the fire. He also holds... (full context)
Chapter 27. The End of Apartment no. 50
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...investigators descend on apartment no. 50 in large number. As they come up the stairs, Koroviev and Azazello calmly drink coffee and cognac, fully aware of what’s happening. (full context)
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...the investigators. Behemoth relishes the excitement; despite many shots being fired, miraculously no-one is hurt. Koroviev, Azazello, and Woland complain about the commotion from another room. Koroviev says: “Messire! It’s Saturday.... (full context)
Chapter 28. The Last Adventures of Koroviev and Behemoth
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Behemoth and Koroviev visit a currency store. When the doorman tells them that cats aren’t allowed in, he... (full context)
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Behemoth and Koroviev go past expensive fabrics and shoes to the grocery section. An employee is skinning a... (full context)
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...for the manager, who in turns calls for the doorman. As they surround Behemoth and Koroviev, the latter appeals to the gathering onlookers on Behemoth’s behalf, saying “the poor man spends... (full context)
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...to the counter. The narrator then says that, according to later unconfirmed reports, Behemoth and Koroviev fly up to the ceiling and “pop” away like balloons. Exactly one minute later, they... (full context)
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Standing outside Griboedov’s, Behemoth and Koroviev talk sarcastically about the idea that someone in there is writing the next Don Quixote... (full context)
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The hostess insists that Koroviev is not Dostoevsky, and that Dostoevsky is dead. Koroviev continues, saying that “a writer is... (full context)
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Archibald shows Koroviev and Behemoth to the best table on the verandah and ensures that the staff wait... (full context)
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As Archibald goes to fetch the restaurant’s two finest fish fillets for Koroviev and Behemoth, two diners at a nearby table discuss the rumor that the recent trouble-makers... (full context)
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Koroviev and Behemoth disappear, sending the restaurant up in flames. The fire quickly spreads to the... (full context)
Chapter 29. The Fate of the Master and Margarita is Decided
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...They notice Griboedov’s burning down below, assuming it to be the work of Behemoth and Koroviev(full context)
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Behemoth and Koroviev arrive, telling Woland that Griboedev’s has been “reduced to ashes.” Behemoth is holding a picture... (full context)
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Behemoth and Koroviev say that they await Woland’s orders, but he tells them there are none: “you have... (full context)
Chapter 31. On Sparrow Hills
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...and a rainbow appears over Moscow. The master, Margarita, and Azazello join up with Woland, Koroviev, and Behemoth, who are also sitting on black horses. (full context)
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...and birds spring from the trees below. On a riverboat, several passengers lose their hats. Koroviev, not wanting to miss out, whistles even louder, bringing trees up by their roots and... (full context)
Chapter 32. Forgiveness and Eternal Refuge
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Koroviev is now a “dark-violet knight.” Woland explains to Margarita that Koroviev once made a bad... (full context)