Alyosha takes Kolya inside

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Alyosha takes Kolya inside, and Ilusha is overjoyed to see his old friend again. Kolya, however,  begins to tease Ilusha about the dog; then, before anyone can stop him, he calls in the dog he has  been training. It turns out to be Zhutchka. Everyone is delighted, and the dying Ilusha sheds tears of  happiness. Kolya explains that, until now, he has stayed away so that he could train the dog for  Ilusha. A doctor from Moscow, whom Katerina has sent for, arrives to examine Ilusha, and the visitors  reluctantly leave the room. As they wait outside, Kolya explains his views of life to Alyosha. Alyosha  listens carefully, understanding the boy's real motives. He wants to impress Alyosha with his  hodgepodge of other people's philosophies. Alyosha is sympathetic to him, though, and is especially  drawn to the young boy when he confesses his weaknesses. As the doctor leaves, it is quite apparent that Ilusha has not long to live. Even Ilusha is aware that he 
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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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