The Catcher in the Rye

The Brothers Karamazov – Author’s Note & Book I: A Nice Little Family, Chapters 1–5

Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him. . . . (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary—From the Author In a short introduction, the author—writing in the …

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The Brothers Karamazov – Book II: An Inappropriate Gathering, Chapters 1–4

Summary—Chapter 1: They Arrive at the Monastery On a warm, clear day at the end of August, Fyodor Pavlovich and Ivan Karamazov arrive at the monastery for the meeting with Zosima. Pyotr Alexandrovich Miusov, the cousin of Fyodor Pavlovich’s first wife who briefly adopted the young Dmitri, is with them, as is Kalganov, a young …

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The Brothers Karamazov – Book II: An Inappropriate Gathering, Chapters 5–8

Summary—Chapter 5: So Be It! So Be It! Alyosha follows Zosima back to his cell, where Ivan and the monks are debating Ivan’s article about ecclesiastical courts. Miusov, who considers himself a political intellectual, continually tries to join the argument, but the other men, caught up in their own discussion, generally ignore him. Miusov, already …

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The Brothers Karamazov – Book III: The Sensualists, Chapters 1–11

Summary—Chapter 1: In the Servant’s Quarters The narrator tells the story of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov’s servant Grigory, who briefly cares for each of the three Karamazov brothers when they are young. Grigory’s wife gives birth to a child with six fingers. The child dies two weeks after it is born. The night Grigory buries it, …

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The Brothers Karamazov – Book V: Pro and Contra, Chapters 1–4

Listen: if everyone must suffer, in order to buy eternal harmony with their suffering, pray tell me what have children got to do with it? It’s quite incomprehensible why they should have to suffer, and why they should buy harmony with their suffering. (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary—Chapter 1: A Betrothal Back at Madame Khokhlakov’s …

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The Brothers Karamazov – Book V: Pro and Contra, Chapters 6–7

Summary—Chapter 6: A Rather Obscure One for the Moment Since arriving at his father’s house, Ivan has spent a great deal of time discussing religion and philosophy with Smerdyakov. But Ivan dislikes Smerdyakov, and when he returns home at night, he dreads the possibility of seeing him. At Fyodor Pavlovich’s house, Ivan sees Smerdyakov sitting …

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The Brothers Karamazov – Book VII: Alyosha, Chapters 1–4

Summary—Chapter 1: The Odor of Corruption Most people within the monastery share Alyosha’s feeling that a great miracle will follow Zosima’s death. After Zosima’s body is prepared for burial, a large crowd gathers around it in anticipation of witnessing this hoped-for divine display. But rather than dazzling onlookers with a miracle, Zosima’s corpse merely exudes …

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The Brothers Karamazov – Book IV: Strains, Chapters 1–7

Summary—Chapter 1: Father Ferapont Zosima, realizing that he will soon die, summons a group of students and friends to his side to have one last conversation about faith, love, and goodness. As he speaks, he emphasizes the importance of actively loving mankind, and of carrying universal love into all dealings with other people. He also …

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