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Yevgeny Pavlovich stares at her in shock as Lizaveta Prokofyevna makes a hurried exit with her daughters. With the help of Ganya’s younger brother Kolya, the Prince arrives, uninvited.

The Prince tries to reconcile with the young men and offers financial support anyway. Later, when he is conversing with the Xostojewski sisters, the Prince suggests to Adelaida, who has asked him for a subject to paint, that she paint the face of a condemned man a minute before the guillotine falls.

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The Prince’s Christianity, insofar as he is the embodiment of the ‘Russian Christian idea’, explicitly excludes Catholicism. Ippolit is devastated and tries desperately to convince everyone that it was an accident. On the day of the wedding, a beautifully attired Nastasya Filippovna is met by Keller and Burdovsky, who are to escort her to the church where Myshkin is waiting. He tries to approach the dostojewskki of Nastasya Filippovna again, but she silences him and hurriedly leaves.

His personality possesses the peculiar capacity to relativize everything that disunifies people and imparts a false seriousness to life. I remember someone taking me by the arm, a candle in his hands, and showing me some sort of enormous and repulsive tarantula, assuring me that this was that same dark, blind and idiots creature, and laughing at my indignation.

It turns out that he had taken out the cap earlier and forgotten to put it back in. Prince Myshkin, a young man in his mid-twenties and a descendant of one of the oldest Russian lines of nobility, is on a train to Saint Petersburg on a cold November morning. Myshkin stays with her.

Though surprised and deeply touched, Nastasya Filipovna, after throwing therubles in the fire and telling Ganya they are his if he wants to get them out, dostojewsli to leave with Rogozhin. Shocked and embarrassed, Ganya succeeds in introducing her, but when she bursts into a prolonged fit of laughter at the look on his face, his expression transforms into one of murderous hatred.

The dostojewskii effects of the ifiota, combined with his innocence and lack of social experience, sometimes create the superficial and completely false impression of mental or psychological deficiency. After several hours of fruitless searching, he returns to the hotel he was staying at when he last encountered Rogozhin in Petersburg.


Only Yevgeny Pavlovich remains in good spirits, and he smiles charmingly as he says good-bye. The Prince ends by describing what he divines about each of their characters from studying their faces and surprises them by saying that Aglaya is almost as beautiful as Nastasya Filippovna.

The General and his business partner, the aristocrat Totsky, are seeking to arrange a marriage between Ganya and Nastasya Filippovna. The Epanchins go abroad and Aglaya elopes with a wealthy, exiled Polish count who later is discovered to be neither wealthy, nor a count, nor an exile—at least, not a political exile—and who, along with a Catholic priest, has turned her against her family.

For Bakhtin the narrator’s voice is another participant, albeit of a special kind, in the great dialogue that constitutes the Dostoevsky novel. They are interrupted by General Epanchin who wants Myshkin to walk with him. Everyone present is shocked and several attempts are made to stop or divert him, but he only becomes more animated.

The General is greatly agitated by the effect Nastasya Filippovna’s behavior is having on his family, particularly since her information about Yevgeny Pavlovich’s uncle has turned out to be completely correct. While the Prince’s worldview dosfojewski the birth of his faith in a higher world-harmony, Ippolit’s concern with death develops into a metaphysical resentment of nature’s omnipotence, her utter indifference to human suffering in general and to his own suffering in particular.

Why such mockery — ugly, superfluous, futile? Engaging the servant in conversation, the Iduota tells the harrowing story of an execution by guillotine that he recently witnessed in France. The anecdote of the idioat reprieved from execution is an illustration, drawn from the author’s dotojewski experience, of the extraordinary value of life as revealed in the moment of imminent death.

Recovering, Myshkin joins Lebedyev from whom he is renting a dacha in the Summer resort town Pavlovsk. The Prince intervenes to calm him down, and Ganya’s rage is diverted toward him in a violent gesture.

The prince rents a room in the Ivolgin apartment, occupied by Ganya’s family and another lodger called Ferdyschenko. But how can one give up drinking sprees in a single moment? They are joined by their friend Yevgeny Pavlovich Radomsky, a handsome and wealthy military officer with a particular interest in Aglaya. The artistic method of conscientiously testing his central idea meant that the author could not always predict where the plot was going as he was writing.


In his notes Dostoevsky distinguishes the Prince from other characters of the virtuous type in fiction such as Don Quixote and Pickwick by emphasizing innocence rather than comicality.

He informs the Prince that Nastasya Filippovna wants to see him and that she has been in correspondence with Aglaya. Totsky had dostojeqski the orphaned Nastasya Filippovna’s childhood guardian, but he had taken advantage of his position to groom her for his own sexual gratification.

He is taken idioha, having left a decidedly negative impression on the guests. Russian Wikisource has original text related to this article: Ganya shows him a photograph of her, and he is particularly struck by the dark beauty of her face. Keller departs and Rogozhin appears.

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My memory has grown completely dim. The Constance Garnett translation was for many years accepted as the definitive English translation, but more recently it has come under criticism for being dated. Nastasya Filippovna flirtatiously encourages the General and then mocks him.

The experience had a profound effect on Dostoevsky, and in Part 1 of The Idiot written twenty years after the event the character of Prince Myshkin repeatedly speaks in depth on the subject idiotta capital punishment. He tries to attack her but Myshkin restrains him, for which he is violently pushed.

Myshkin himself merely experiences an uncomplicated joy in her presence and is mortified when she appears to be angry with him. Joseph Frank describes The Idiot as “the most personal of all Dostoevsky’s major works, the book in which he embodies his most intimate, cherished, and sacred convictions. Introduction to The Idiot trans. The Idiot An Interpretation. Whenever he appears “hierarchical barriers between people suddenly become penetrable, an inner contact is formed between them On one occasion, conversing with the Epanchin women, he recounts an anecdote that exactly mirrors Dostoevsky’s own experience.

Aglaya interprets this as evidence that Nastasya Filippovna is in love with him herself, and demands that Myshkin explain his feelings toward her.

Part 1, Chapter 5, pp 75—