A very old monk emerges

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A very old monk emerges, greets the guests, and then leads them to Father Zossima's cell. All are  invited to have lunch with the Father Superior following the interview, he says. First, however, they  must wait for Zossima. The wait, though not long, seems interminable to Miusov. Uncontrollably, he finds himself growing  increasingly irritated at the crude jokes that Fyodor Karamazov unleashes concerning the monastic  life. Father Zossima at last arrives, accompanied by Alyosha, two other monks, and Rakitin, a divinity  student living under the protection of the monastery. The monks bow and kiss Zossima's hand and  receive his blessings; the guests, however, merely bow politely to the elder. Deeply embarrassed by  his family's austerity, Alyosha trembles. Now, more than ever, he fears that the meeting will be  calamitous. Karamazov apologizes for Dmitri's absence, and then nervously begins a nonstop monolog of 
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1001 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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