Arriving at the Karamazov house

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Arriving at the Karamazov house, Alyosha finds his father almost drunk but still at the table with Ivan.  They are listening to old Grigory and Smerdyakov arguing, and it is at this point that we learn more  about the bastard Karamazov son. Smerdyakov is rather taciturn, somewhat morose, and naturally  resents his position. Strangely, however, he even resents his foster parents. Smerdyakov is an  enigma, plagued by jealousy, hatred, and epilepsy. In the household, he works as a cook. Years ago  old Fyodor sent him off to Moscow for training, and since he returned he has functioned only in that  capacity. He is a trustworthy sort, all believe, regardless of his sullenness, for they remember that he  once returned 300 rubles to Fyodor, which the old man lost while drunk. Smerdyakov, at present, is arguing with his foster father as Alyosha arrives. He asserts that it is 
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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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