In Petersburg in the eighteen-forties a surprising event occurred. An officer of the Cuirassier Life Guards, a handsome prince who everyone. Father Sergius: Leo Tolstoy: Fiction after Otets Sergy (written ; Father Sergius), which may be taken as Tolstoy’s self-critique, tells the story of a proud. He takes the name “Father Sergius.” Although he becomes a celebrated churchman, he continues to struggle with pride and lust. Written during Tolstoy’s later.

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There was also in him something else — a sincere religious feeling which Varvara did not know, which intertwined itself with the feeling of pride and the desire for preeminence, and guided him. He rose, but she would not let him go until she had given him bread and butter and rusks. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. She had tasted of that pure water, but since then there had not been time for it to collect before thirsty people came crowding in and pushing one another aside.

The finger is not a dead end, just one of the many temptations he had to overcome.

Kasatsky did not belong to the first two sets, but was readily welcomed in the others. One thing only tormented him — the remembrance of his fiancee; and not merely the remembrance but the vivid image of what might have been. But now he will not forsake me.

The Finger of Father Sergius

That occurrence soon became generally known — her nocturnal visit, the change she underwent, and her entry into a convent. But it was not this alone, as his sister Varvara supposed, that influenced him. I have missed one of my lessons. The less importance he attached to the opinion of men the more did he feel the presence of God within him.


When the sledges had gone she went up the path in her white dogskin coat. I am not driving them away. Vodka was handed to the drivers, and the party got out a box of pies, wine, and sweets for themselves.

The bush of wild cherries behind the elm tree was in full bloom and had not yet begun to shed its blossoms, and the nightingales — one quite near at hand and two or three others in the bushes down by the river — burst into full song after some preliminary twitters. Though of more than average height, he was handsome and agile, and he would have been an altogether exemplary cadet had it not been for his quick temper.

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Tolstyo carriage drives up, and out of it steps Uncle Nicholas Sergeevich, with his long, spade-shaped, black beard, and with him Pashenka, a thin little girl with large mild eyes and a timid pathetic face. A Lutheran would say that the justified is still a sinner. He had lived there eighteen years. The Emperor Nicholas Pavlovich Nicholas I had noticed him while he was still at the College, and continued to take notice of him in the regiment, and it was on this account that people predicted for him an appointment as aide-decamp to the Emperor.

Holiness is Being a Vagabond: Reflections on Tolstoy’s “Father Sergius”

Our board of directors is chaired by The Rev. He believed this, and though the church services, for which he had to get up early in the morning, were a difficulty, they certainly calmed him and gave him joy.

When he succeeded in helping people, either by advice, or by his knowledge of reading and writing, or by settling some quarrel, he did not wait to see their gratitude but went away directly afterwards. Facebook Twitter Email Google Tumblr. He was supplied with everything he could want, and they only demanded of him that he should not refuse his blessing to those who came to seek it.


The disruption, of course, comes in the knowledge that his fiance used to be a mistress of the Tsar. But there was no reply from the other side of the wall.

The old man pointed out that his fits of anger were due to the fact that in refusing all clerical honours he humiliated himself gather for the sake of God but for fatjer sake of his pride. The company consisted of two lawyers, a wealthy landowner, an officer, and four ladies.

I am so bad that way, and have neglected it so! And I too should act badly. He now evidently occupied an important position, and Father Sergius at once noticed that the Abbot was aware of this and that his red face and bald head beamed fatheer satisfaction and pleasure.

But Father Sergius recovered immediately, and though very pale, he waved the merchant and the deacon aside and continued to chant the service. He knew that they were speaking of him. She returned with her face paler than his and was about to speak to him, but he silently passed into the back cell and fastened the door.

No one knows where I have gone to. September Playlist Mockingbird says: He sneaks away, and looks for his cousin whom he has not seen in decades.