War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Osip (Iosif) Alexeevich Bazdeev Character Analysis

Bazdeev is a prominent Mason whom Pierre meets at a crisis point in his life. He is an elderly, squat, wrinkled man with glittering eyes. He has a kindly yet penetrating demeanor that quickly wins Pierres trust. Bazdeev mentors Pierre in Freemasonry over the years, often warning him not to skip over self-purification in his eagerness to improve otherslives.

Osip (Iosif) Alexeevich Bazdeev Quotes in War and Peace

The War and Peace quotes below are all either spoken by Osip (Iosif) Alexeevich Bazdeev or refer to Osip (Iosif) Alexeevich Bazdeev . 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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Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 1–4 Quotes

“For centuries, starting with our forefather Adam and down to our days, we have been working towards that knowledge and are infinitely far from reaching our goal; but we see our incomprehension only as our weakness and His grandeur . . .”

With a swelling heart, with glittering eyes, Pierre gazed into the Mason’s face, listened to him, did not interrupt him, did not ask anything, and believed with his whole soul what this stranger was telling him. Whether he believed those reasonable arguments in the Mason’s speech, or believed, as children do, the intonations, convictions, and heartfelt emotion in the Mason’s speech […] in any case he wanted to believe with his whole soul, and did believe, and experienced a joyful feeling of peace, renewal, and return to life.

Related Characters: Osip (Iosif) Alexeevich Bazdeev (speaker), Pierre Bezukhov
Page Number: 351
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Osip (Iosif) Alexeevich Bazdeev Character Timeline in War and Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Osip (Iosif) Alexeevich Bazdeev appears in War and Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 1–4
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...goes, Pierre looks at the postmaster’s register and learns that his name was Osip Alexeevich Bazdeev, a well-known Mason and Martinist. Pierre paces the station, thinking over his past debauched life... (full context)
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...book shows him the idea of becoming perfect and spreading brotherly love among people, as Osip Alexeevich had said. The week after his arrival, the young Polish Count Willarski comes to visit... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 7–10
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...chief virtue of the love of death, and this is only possible by meeting adversity. Bazdeev gives Pierre a journal in which to chronicle his self-improvement. (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 1–4
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...engaged, Pierre feels like he can’t go on with life as it is. His mentor Iosif Alexeevich has died, and though Pierre remains convinced of the truths of Masonry, he now finds... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 18–22
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For the past two days, Pierre has been living in Bazdeev’s empty apartment. Since the day after his arrival in Moscow, he has been overwhelmed with... (full context)
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...about the battle that’s expected at the Three Hills gate tomorrow. When he reaches the Bazdeevs’, the little old servant, Gerasim, welcomes him. Gerasim explains that Iosif Alexeevich’s half-mad and alcoholic... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 27–29
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...for two days, and he’s nearly gone mad. He’d left his home and gone to Iosif Alexeevich ’s house for refuge and peace. While sitting in his dead mentor’s study, reflecting on... (full context)